Have you ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at museums? Why do people destroy and loot cultural heritage sites and why does that affect the public so much? How and why do we preserve heritage sites like historical buildings and towns? Why are debates over the provenance and even existence of historical artifacts so heated and sometimes violent?
The Museums and Cultural Heritage minor draws from an array of disciplines and departments, from anthropology and art history to religion, architecture and cultural studies to study the identification, preservation, and (re-)presentation of heritage materials. Such materials often serve as the evidentiary basis for humanistic, architectural, and social science disciplines. Students will learn about the preservation and use of tangible and intangible cultural heritage for study, archival purposes, and public display through the study of cultural heritage institutions, new digital analysis tools and media, and methods of display, preservation, analysis and public engagement.