Christopher Steiner teaches a range of interdisciplinary courses in art history, anthropology, and museum studies. His classes cover topics on the traditional and contemporary arts of Africa; on the visual representation of race and ethnic identity in art and film; on the history of museums, as well as on current museum controversies; on kitsch or "bad" art emerging from the margins, cracks and corners of the canonical art world; and on the history and practice of studio and vernacular photography.
Museum Studies Certificate Program
Museum studies at Connecticut College is a broad interdisciplinary program, open to undergraduate students of all majors, that explores the role of museums in shaping society's knowledge about art, culture, history, and the natural world.
The program is designed to introduce you to careers in all types of museums, cultural arts centers, historical sites and houses, science centers, environmental education centers, exhibit design firms, auction houses, planetaria, aquaria, zoos and botanical gardens.
You can join the museum studies program through first semester of your junior year by meeting the program's entrance criteria.
Those who successfully complete the program's components receive a certificate at graduation.
The museum studies certificate program offers you:
- An introduction to the foundations of museology with a critical perspective on museum history and practice
- An opportunity to visit and analyze a diverse range of museums and exhibitions
- Study of community/museum relationships through on-site observations and interaction with museum professionals
- Training in museum skills and operation, including curation, exhibition design and implementation, collection management, conservation, administration, publication, fundraising, and educational programming
For more information, contact Professor Christopher B. Steiner, program director.