Career Minor in Museum and Gallery Methods

Dr. Jennifer Bethke, Program Advisor
Interim Director - Art Gallery
Art Building 101 or 110, (707) 664-2295

The minor in Museum and Gallery Methods provides students with education, training, and hands-on experience in the theory and practice of nonprofit museums and galleries. Art History and Art Studio majors—along with other majors such as Anthropology and History—completing this minor will be in stronger positions to find jobs and prepare for graduate work in Museum Studies. The Museum and Gallery Methods minor may be combined with any other major. 

Internships are an essential part of preparation for working in the museum and gallery fields.  Three units of an internship are required for the minor and can be arranged with the SSU Art Gallery as well as at local and regional galleries, museums, and other related nonprofit organizations.

Special considerations for Fall 2021:

Museum and Gallery Methods students aiming to fulfill internship units during Fall 2021 should be aware that internship opportunities may be limited due to the pandemic. Off-campus internships may vary in their Covid safety practices, and those practices may differ from those of Sonoma State University. Students are encouraged to consult with Hillary Homzie, A&H Internship Coordinator, at; to inquire about an internship’s Covid safety practices; to establish an acceptable agreement regarding Covid practices for the internship; or to ask intern hosts for remote work if possible. Any graduating students having difficulty finding an off-campus internship for Fall 2021 should contact their advisor.

Requirements for the Career Minor in Museum and Gallery Methods

To earn the career minor in Museum and Gallery Methods, students must complete the following 21 units:

  • ARTS 105 Digital Arts Fundamentals 3
  • ARTH 466 Contemporary Art 3
  • ARTH 467 Museum Collections Management 3
  • ARTH 468 Curatorial Practice 3
  • ARTH 493 Museum and Gallery Management 3
  • ARTH 494 Museum Theory and Practice 3
  • ARTH 499 Internship 3

Total units in the minor 21

The minor may be combined with any major.