Minor in Museums, Memory, and Heritage

The Museums, Memory, and Heritage Minor is designed for students who wish to study museums, the institutionalization of memory, monuments, and cultural heritage both from an academic point of view and as a potential career path. Supervision of the minor will rotate among faculty.

Beginning September 2024 all course numbers begin with HAA (formerly FAH)

Program Requirements and Policies

  • This minor requires total of six courses of three credits each, which includes three core courses and three electives.
  • All courses used in fulfillment of a minor must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail).
  • No more than two courses used for any minor, regardless of the number of semester hours they carry, may be used toward a foundation or distribution requirement, or toward a major or another minor.

Course Requirements

Three courses from the following list of core courses:

  • HAA 160: Museum History & Theory
  • HAA 164: Who Owns the Past?
  • VMS 122: Reassessing Museums

Three courses from the following list of electives:

  • HAA 0002: Introduction to Western Art from 1500 
  • HAA 0008: Introduction to Architecture
  • HAA 0009: The Art World
  • HAA 0025/0125 Medieval Architecture
    HAA 0122: Iconoclasm & Iconophobia 
  • HAA 0163: Art and Anthropology 
  • HAA 0186: Latina/o Presence in Art and Visual Culture
  • HAA 0198: Seminar: Sacred Spaces in the Medieval Ages
  • HAA 0198: Seminar: Orientalism
  • HAA 0198: Seminar: Rivals on the Fenway: Isabella Stewart Gardner & the MFA
  • ANTH 0051: North American Archaeology 
  • ANTH 0129: Archeology and Colonialism 
  • ARB 0155: Visualizing Colonialism
  • ARB 0157: War and Cultural Memory in Literature and Cinema of the Middle East
  • HIST 0010: Colonialism in the Global World (CST 11)
    HIST 0170: Colonialism and Decolonization (CST 194)
  • HIST 0170: Slavery & Tufts: Archival Research
    HIST 0173: Black and Native New England
  • JS 0077 Archaeology of Palestine.
  • JS 0126 Roots of the Jewish Imagination
  • REL: 0110: Sacred Spaces, Contested Places
  • SOC 0040 Media, Culture, and Society
  • VMS 0020: Interpreting Art: Tools for Critiquing, Creating, and Curating 
  • VMS 0122 Reassessing Museums
  • VMS 0081 A Critical Perspective of the Americas 
  • VMS 0155 Reimagining the Americas
  • VMS 0141 Afro-Brazilian Diaspora at the MFA
  • VMS 0143 Close Looking and Art Interpretation at the MFA
  • VMS 0145 American Art and Visual Culture: Race & Representation



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