Semester on Museums and Cultural Management


Museums and Cultural Management

Our newest nycTREC, the Semester on Museums and Cultural Management, is offered every spring semester in odd-numbered years.  

Classes begin in mid-January, end in early May and are held on campus on Wednesdays and in New York City on Fridays.

Applications are due October 10.

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Venture into New York City, a museum and cultural capital that attracts thinkers, artists, ethnographers and historians from around the world. Inside the city’s vast array of historic sites, art institutions and cultural centers, consider how museums both reflect and define who we are. Examine critical theoretical issues: the politics of display, public reception and conflicting perspectives of multiple audiences.

In this course, you will travel one day a week, visiting various New York metropolitan museums such as:

9/11 Memorial and Museum
American Museum of Natural History
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
El Museo Del Barrio
Guggenheim Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Chinese in America
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of the City of New York
Morgan Library and Museum
National Museum of Native Americans
Neue Gallerie
New York Historical Society
Tenement Museum
Washington's National Headquarters
Whitney Museum


The role of museums in our constantly changing society.

Why were museums created? What function were they intended to serve and how has their role changed over time? As vital sites for the expression of individual, group, and national identities, what effect do museums have on contemporary society?


In regular conversations with industry professionals, examine the ways museums contribute to current conversations of race, gender, and diversity. Behind the exhibits and public displays, discover how museums are funded and managed. Develop criteria for evaluating museum exhibitions and other visitor displays. Round out the semester with a hands-on experience during a practicum at Drew's own United Methodist Archives and History Center.


Careers in museums and cultural management draw students from disciplines such as Anthropology, Art, Art History, Business, Communications and Media, History, Philosophy and Sociology. Completing this Launch-guided immersive experience will expose professional pathways that extend far beyond curating exhibits. The ability to connect the mission and values of museums to their exhibitions, programming and architecture is relevant to careers in fields such as curation, conservation, collections management, communications or education.