Online Bachelor of Arts in Art - Museum Studies

The museum studies bachelor’s degree concentration at Arizona State University is the first of its kind offered 100% online in the U.S. Regardless of your location, you’ll have access to the undergraduate program’s rigorous curriculum. It features coursework on the study of art and all facets of museums, from business and cultural tourism to fundraising and marketing. You’ll take courses developed and taught by recognized professionals in museum studies. You’ll explore art galleries, preservation societies, public art programs and more from global, historical and cultural contexts.

Through coursework and internships, you’ll become knowledgeable in art history, museum practice and visual thinking. You’ll gain the experience and skills needed to pursue careers in local, national and international museums. These skills can give you a competitive advantage when seeking employment with your art degree with a concentration in museum studies bachelor’s.

What skills will I earn with a museum studies degree?

  • Creative and critical thinking.
  • Ethical decision-making and reasoning.
  • Language and visual literacy.
  • Problem solving and quantitative reasoning.
  • Reading ability in at least one foreign language.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.

What are museum studies?


Museum studies focus on the global, historical and theoretical aspects of museums and cultural institutions. The field spans the design, organization and management of national and international museums.

The museum studies degree concentration combines the academic study of art history with the broad scope of museum practice. Through practical learning experiences, you’ll study the basic functions of museum operations. These include administration, acquisition and conservation of artifacts. You’ll also learn about the important role museums and cultural institutions play in educating the public and raising cultural heritage awareness on local, national and international levels.

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Bachelor of Arts
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Art - Museum Studies
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Art - Museum Studies (BA)
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The online bachelor’s degree in museum studies prepares you to work in museums and cultural institutions around the world. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the design, organization and management of museums. This knowledge can help you on your path to becoming a curator, archivist, educator and more.

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You’ll take a range of art history and museum studies courses in the undergraduate program. Course topics include art from different periods of time and from all over the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore electives that pique your interests. These courses might include Art and Money, Anime, Art of the Comic, The Body and 19th Century Art, (Mis)Representing Justice: Art, Law and Censorship, and more.

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Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts - Undergraduate Programs
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Museum studies degree courses
Your bachelor’s degree from inspiring art and design faculty

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.
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Learn museum studies from one of the largest design and arts schools in the country
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ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a tradition of top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs from a combination of disciplines. These range from the arts, media and engineering to film, dance and theatre. The institute trains artists and designers to leverage their creativity and problem solving to advance culture, build community and transform society.

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internationally recognized faculty members.

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programs in arts, media and engineering, design, film, dance and theatre, and music.

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Top 20
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among fine arts schools in the nation, ahead of Cornell University, Parsons School of Design and the University of California.

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Will my art degree with a concentration in museum studies say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Arts in art. Your concentration in museum studies will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.

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