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Museum Studies Minor

The Museum Studies Minor, the only one of its kind among Christian colleges and universities in our area, prepares students for graduate school and careers in a variety of museum fields, including archives administration, museum education, curating, and management. Students can choose from emphases in art history, archives/public history, and archaeology. 

Students who choose the archaeology emphasis are able to fulfill many of their requirements through a partnership with the Abila Archaeological Project in Jordan, which is directed by Dr. David Vila.  Graduates of JBU have received placements at prestigious museum studies programs, including the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the Archives and Preservation Program at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Our interns have carried out work at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita, the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, the JBU archives, and the Siloam Springs Museum. 

JBU students have also worked on programming at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a world-class American art museum located in nearby Bentonville.