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M S 605 : San Francisco Bay Area Museums: Behind the Scenes

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and consent of instructor.
Description: Study of San Francisco Bay Area museums: their history, organization, collections stewardship, exhibits, public programs, and mission. Includes structured "behind-the-scenes" tours of local museums. Paired with M S 705. Students who have taken M S 705 may not take M S 605 for credit.
Units: 3

M S 680 : Cultural Heritage Preservation

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Archaeological and architectural conservation: history of U.S. legislation and implementation, international organizations, major national and international projects, philosophy of preservation strategies, conservation ethic. Paired with M S 780. Students who have completed M S 680 may not take M S 780 for credit.
Units: 3

M S 700 : History and Organization of Museums

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status and/or consent of instructor.
Description: Major museology facets, including analysis of diverse museums, career options, ethics, laws, funding, and literature. Museum operation and community-museum relationships through on-site observations, interviews, and research.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

M S 701 : Museum Theory and Practice

Prerequisites: Upper division undergraduate or classified graduate standing; completion of M S 700; or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of recent theory in museum studies, focusing on the theoretical approaches supplying insight into developing useful strategies in museum practice. Analysis of the museum's function, management, and place in society, including research on practice, history, and outlook.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

M S 705 : San Francisco Bay Area Museums: Behind the Scenes

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see M S 605. Paired with M S 605. Students who have taken M S 605 may not take M S 705 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

M S 707 : Perspectives on Museums: A Professional Forum

Prerequisites: Upper division undergraduate or classified graduate standing; museum studies major or consent of instructor.
Description: Guest speakers from the museum community to provide graduate students with perspectives and discussion on current practices and trends in the museum work place.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

M S 708 : Museums: Global Operations

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of museum efforts to incorporate global perspectives into their activities. Topics include analyses of international partnerships and globally-focused museum activities, the challenges of such work, and basic resources on international museum efforts.
Units: 1

M S 710 : Museum Education and School Outreach

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Overview and evaluation of educational services in museums, including the planning and implementation of educational programs and establishing a liaison with public schools. Designed for graduate students, museum professionals, and public school teachers. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

M S 715 : Interpretation in Museums and Heritage Organizations

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of the methods and styles of interpretation of museum collections and heritage facilities (e.g., historic sites, historic houses, landmarks, open-air facilities). Development and improvement of interpretive programs.
Units: 3

M S 720 : Museum Curatorship and Collecting

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of the duties of museum curators, including academic research, collections documentation, collections development, donor cultivation, ethical collection practices, exhibition concept development, and the curator's position within the institution and community. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

M S 730 : Museum Exhibition Planning and Design

Prerequisites: Classified graduate level standing; museum major; and consent of instructor.
Description: Theory and practical experience in the development and installation of exhibitions in museums and related exhibition spaces in libraries or similar institutions, including collaborations between such entities. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

M S 740 : Museum Conservation and Restoration

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M S.
Description: Theory and practice in museum conservation and restoration, using the Sutro Egyptian and permanent collections. Analysis of museum artifacts.
Units: 1

M S 760 : Preservation of Natural History and Cultural Collections

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of major types of natural history specimens, their properties, potential hazards facing them, and appropriate conservation techniques.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

M S 780 : Cultural Heritage Preservation

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see M S 680. Paired with M S 680. Students who have completed M S 780 may not take M S 680 for credit. (Formerly CLAR 860.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

M S 790 : Archives Management and Preservation

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing in museum studies or consent of instructor.
Description: History, principles, methodologies, and practical administration of non-electronic archives (original documents, maps, photographic materials, manuscripts, diaries, albums, government records); practical, hands-on experience with preservation methods. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

M S 791 : Integrated Pest Management in Heritage Facilities

Prerequisites: Museum Studies major or consent of instructor.
Description: Development of plans to prevent pest infestations in museums and related heritage facilities. Overview of current methods of chemical and non-chemical methods of control, legacy of past chemical practices in museums, and OSHA regulations for employee safety.
Units: 1

M S 792 : Museum Security Systems

Prerequisites: Museum Studies major or current museum employee.
Description: Analysis and implementation of institutional procedures and new technology for theft prevention and mitigation in museums.
Units: 1

M S 793 : Museum Facilities Management

Prerequisites: Museum Studies major or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of building and grounds issues; risk management; emergency/disaster preparedness; fire suppression technology; HVAC systems; new construction materials.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

M S 794 : Museum Collections Management and Registration

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in museum studies.
Description: Tasks performed by museum registrars: documentation of collections, loan procedures, collections storage, museum security, disaster preparedness, traveling exhibitions and customs, insurance, and development of collections management policies.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

M S 795 : NAGPRA for Museum Registrars and Curators

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: For museum registrars and curators, analysis of legal compliance and practical implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2

M S 800 : Museum Management, Law, and Ethics

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in museum studies.
Description: Legal issues of concern to museum professionals and artists; laws governing acquisition of art objects, authentication, taxes, liability, censorship, artists' rights, copyright, museum organization, and labor relations. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

M S 810 : Museums in the Digital Age

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Use and role of digital media and information technology in museums. Development of practical and theoretical skill set for the management of digital assets for exhibit development, education, public relations and marketing, collections preservation, and digitally-mediated outreach.
Units: 3

M S 823 : Curation and Cinema

Prerequisites: Admission to the Cinema M.A. or M.F.A. program, or the Museum Studies M.A. program.
Description: Cross-listed with CINE 823. See CINE 823 for description. May not be repeated under the alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

M S 830 : Museum Governance

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of governance in museums, including: trusteeship, board issues, roles of director and senior management, governance conflicts, mission statements, use of advisory committees and support groups, collections issues, planning, and recent controversies. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

M S 840 : Museums and Cultural Property

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of legal and ethical issues concerning cultural property in museums: museum acquisition policies; international art/antiquities trade; auction houses; WWII-era looting; repatriation; ownership dispute resolution; relationships with descendant communities. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

M S 845 : Art Law

Prerequisites: Museum Studies major or consent of instructor.
Description: Artists' expressive, economic, and moral rights; intellectual property issues; title and theft; art merchants and authenticity; museum acquisitions; IRS regulations pertaining to museums contracts and documentation in museums.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

M S 850 : Museum Volunteer Managment and Membership

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Development and management of volunteer and membership programs for museums and heritage organizations. Volunteer recruitment/retention, sound practices for producing and managing membership programs, and training and daily volunteer operations in the museum and heritage environment.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

M S 860 : Fundraising in Museums

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of fundraising in museums, budget building, budget cycle, legal and tax issues of fundraising, as well as specific fundraising methods (gifts, planned giving, bequests, endowments, e-commerce, grants, contracts). (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

M S 865 : Museums beyond ADA: Universal Access & Museopathy

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Strategies for successful incorporation of universal access and universal design principles to museum operations. Latest research on new uses for museum collections to improve health and social engagement (museopathy), for visitors and confined populations with Alzheimer's, autism, cancer, sensory loss.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

M S 870 : Museum Audiences, Visitors, and Communities

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of museum visitors (visitor studies) and non-visitors (audience research) in the context of museum communities. Methodology and applications of visitor/audience research to improve museum operations and exhibitions.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

M S 875 : Public Relations and Marketing for Museums

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Development of and best practices in strategic marketing, earned income operations, and public relations for museums and heritage organizations.
Units: 3

M S 880 : Museum Internship

Prerequisites: M S 700 and classified graduate status in Museum Studies.
Description: Practicum in collections management, exhibition design, fundraising management, publishing, curation, educational programming, conservation under the supervision of a professional museum employee and SFSU instructor. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

M S 885 : Professional Conferences and Workshops

Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
Description: Attendance, participation, and evaluation at professional conferences, workshops, or short courses offered by museums, professional associations, or other recognized institutions. Prior approval by Museum Studies Program is mandatory. May be repeated for a total of 3 units. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1-3

M S 888 : Project Management for Museums

Prerequisites: MS Majors only. Prior enrollment in M S 720, M S 850, or instructor consent.
Description: Under faculty guidance, development, logistics, budgeting, and time management for museum exhibits, catalogue publishing, conferences/sessions for museum professionals, or special events for schools/general public. May be repeated for a total of 4 units for the degree credit.
Units: 1-2

M S 894 : Creative Work Project

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Original creative work project which must be developed with the approval of the Museum Studies program. ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC; RP grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

M S 897 : Directed Thesis Advising and Support

Prerequisites: None
Description: Directed advising and support for students writing theses or creative works. May be taken before enrollment in MS 894 or MS 898. Once students have taken MS 894 or MS 898 they must take MS 897 every Spring semester until they finish the degree. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

M S 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor; approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies; and recommendation of major adviser.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014
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