HIST219 Management of Historic Sites

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Historic Preservation

I. Course Number and Title
HIST219 Management of Historic Sites
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Using case studies, students study the principles, methods, and disciplines required to manage a small museum or historic site, with special emphasis on personnel, financial and collections management, exhibit development and interpretation, fundraising, marketing, customer service, governance, ethics, and professional standards.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the diverse interdisciplinary skills utilized in the museum field;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of historic site management disciplines including: museum governance, personnel management, professional standards, customer service financial management and collections management;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the role of exhibit development/interpretation and relationship with public programs;
    4. demonstrate an understanding of facilities management and disaster planning; and
    5. assess a variety of management situations common to public, non-profit institutions, and select an appropriate response.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. introduction to museums and mission statements
    2. the role of nonprofit organizations
    3. the role of the board of directors and advisors
    4. ethics and policy development
    5. personnel management, professional standards, and labor policies
    6. exhibits, interpretation and interpretive planning
    7. public programs and their role in the community
    8. marketing, publicity and membership of museums
    9. visitor/guest services
    10. fundraising
    11. collections management, care and conservation
    12. facilities management, preservation and disaster planning
    13. professional standards and the future
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of exams, quizzes, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, presentations, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 11/2012; New Core 8/2015