[Blackstudies-l] KU’s dual master degree in African & African-American Studies and Museum Studies accepting applications

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Thu Dec 17 11:19:32 EST 2020

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Dr. Lima,

We’re writing today to share exciting news for your students who want to
work in the cultural sector. The University of Kansas offers a
first-of-its-kind dual master’s degree program
in African
& African-American Studies
and Museum

Today, the people who work in museums are using their expertise and
imagination to establish new pathways for understanding the past, present,
and future. They see museums as places where the most important topics
facing society can be openly presented, discussed, and addressed. There is
room in the profession for people with a wide range of skills. In addition
to the disciplines you might expect, such as history, art history, or
anthropology, museums need researchers, programmers, marketing specialists,
designers, educators, and managers. A hallmark of the museum profession is
that people with widely divergent skills and outlooks find ways to work
together productively and creatively.

However, the museum industry recognizes the need to diversify its workforce
and shift the narratives currently entrenched in exhibits, programming, and
community building, to make these institutions truly inclusive.

* We’re working to make that a reality. Our dual master’s degree in
AAAS-MUSE means job readiness in less time.*

Your students will:

   - acquire a unique set of credentials to set them apart when job hunting.
      1. content expertise in African or African-American studies
      2. hands-on museum professional skills in areas such as collections
      management, museum public education, museum management, and
exhibit design
      3. at least 500 hours of internships and museum experience
   - engage in scholarly research, with the opportunity to present their
   work at professional conferences.
   - earn two M.A.’s in just three years, saving them time and money.
   - belong to a small cohort, giving them plenty of time with faculty and
   - defend one final project or thesis to complete both degrees.

Students apply to the programs separately. *(Great news: Neither program
requires the GRE, and Museum Studies can provide fee waivers to
underrepresented students.)* The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 is January
15 for Museum Studies and May 1 for African & African-American Studies.

A link to our fact sheet
shares additional details. We’re always happy to answer questions about our
programs or the museum field in general. We also invite your students to
get a feel for what we offer by scheduling a virtual campus visit to meet
faculty and students from both programs, as well as local museum
professionals. They can contact Brandy Ernzen <bernzen at ku.edu>, program
coordinator, to schedule their personalized visit.

Of course, students can also apply for either M.A. program individually,
adhering to the same deadlines above. Students can complete either of these
interdisciplinary programs in two years of full-time study, while creating
an individualized degree plan that fits their academic and career goals.

We look forward to hearing from you and your students!

Jessica Gerschultz
Director of Graduate Studies
African & African-American Studies
jgersch at ku.edu
785-864-4374 | afs.ku.edu

Sandra Olsen
Interim Director
Museum Studies Program
sandra.olsen at ku.edu
785-864-6511 | museumstudies.ku.edu

*AAAS celebrates 50 years of educating students to lead in a multicultural
environment and in the global community.*

Museum Studies

*museumstudies at ku.edu* <museumstudies at ku.edu>

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