Why Museum Studies?

In a competitive job market, the Museum Studies Certificate provides students an extra advantage in seeking employment with a museum.  For those already employed in a museum it enhances their knowledge and skills enabling them to become better museum professionals.   The Certificate gives students the necessary hands on experience in curation and exhibition desired by museum employers and also provides them with a diverse knowledge of the function of museums and non-profit management.


Student Museum Project Defense

Discovering Etzanoa 

By: Carrissa Speck

Discovering Etzanoa is a traveling exhibition curated for the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology to promote the ongoing archaeological research at the site of Etzanoa in Arkansas City, Kansas and to communicate to the public the significance the site has to the Wichita tribe and how the story of Etzanoa can shape identity. Discovering Etzanoa tells a story about the history of Etzanoa as described in Spanish documents from the Juan de Onate expedition in 1601 and how these documents led archaeologist Dr. Donald Blakeslee to the location of one of the largest Native American settlements in a small Kansas town. The exhibition emphasizes how this story impacted the lives of the Wichita people.