Museum Studies and Cultural Management


Museum Studies and Cultural Management

The Museum Studies and Cultural Management minor is intended for students who are interested in studying the classification, curation, conservation and display of objects and knowledge. Such sites might include nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural organizations and museums of all kinds: fine art museums, history museums, science museums and natural history museums. Our students are exposed to all aspects of museum studies and cultural management, including curatorial practice, museum education, scientific conservation, and the business of running a nonprofit or for-profit cultural or educational organization.

New York City Connections

Drew is just a train ride from New York, giving you easy access to the arts and culture capital of the world. Explore the city on your own, or through unique Drew classes featuring on-site components that turn museums into classrooms.

All students in the minor take the New York Semester on Museums and Cultural Management, an immersive course that brings you and your classmates into the city to connect with industry professionals: curators, archivists, conservators, educators and more.

Learn more about Drew’s semester-long immersions in the professional worlds of New York and London.

First-Rate Facilities

The Dorothy Young Center for the Arts—with its 70,000 square feet of creative spaces—gives Drew students many opportunities to learn, collaborate and create. At the Korn Gallery, an exhibition space for Drew faculty and students and visiting artists, students in the minor get hands-on experience with collections management, archival practices, and object conservation. Students also complete a practicum at the United Methodist Archives and History Center, right here on the Drew campus.

Internships Galore

Our location (in the culture-rich New York metro area) provides many avenues for students to land career-building internships. (And maybe even a job offer!)

Our students have interned at:
• American Museum of Natural History
• Guggenheim Museum
• Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown)
• Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters
• Museum of Modern Art
• Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Madison)
• Morris Museum
• Newark Public Library
• Pace Prints
• Washington Headquarters and Museum (Morristown)
• Whitney Museum

Launch Your Career

Graduates of the program have gone on to fulfilling careers in museums, galleries and other cultural organizations. Others have earned spots at respected graduate programs in museum studies and cultural management. A sampling:

Top Jobs 
• Harper-Inglis Fellow in Conservation, Library of Congress
• Manager of School and Community Partnerships, Bruce Museum
• Registrar, National Academy of Design
• Project development coordinator, Historic House Trust of the NYC Parks Department
• Institutional Giving Associate, Morris Museum
• Lead Gallery Educator, Bard Graduate Center

Great Grad Schools
• Columbia University 
• Georgetown University 
• New York University
• Williams College
• Winterthur/University of Delaware
• Cooper Hewitt
• Bank Street Graduate School of Education
• The City College of New York
• Drexel University
• Pratt Institute
• Rutgers University
• Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London)
• Parsons School of Design