Liberal Studies | Pierpont C&TC
Associate in Arts (AA)
Museum Studies Concentration

Newcome, Beth Anne

Coordinator of Applied Design / Fashion Design and Merchandising
Professor/Senior Level: Applied Design
304-367-4298
202 Engineering Tech Building
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Beth Ann Newcome
Program Purpose: 

In collaboration with the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center and the School of Human Services, this A.A. in Liberal Studies with a Museum Studies concentration provides students the opportunity to complete a Museum Studies Advanced Skill Set while completing course work that will satisfy General Education requirements of a Liberal Studies Associate degree.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the A.A. in Liberal Studies with a Museum Studies Concentration, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the operations of differing types of museums: small and large, public and private
  • Perform collections management and archival preservation processes
  • Design, Construct, and install various exhibits and displays
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of museum administrative operations, including funding processes, volunteer/staff management, curatorial and collections management, and publications
  • Create various museum educational activities, programs, and materials
  • Perform first-person role play and third-person presentation, discussions, reenactments, lectures, and skills demonstrations
Opportunities: 

Graduates who desire entry-level posts in a museum setting as an interpreter, collections manager, educational programming director, exhibit developer, historical reenactor, or other position in technical museum work will be competitive in this job market. Current area economic trends indicate that heritage tourism, regional travel, historic preservation, and the general promotion of the region’s cultural resources are a fast growing segment of the economic base and will assist in setting the direction for future regional economic development. Many work settings, including regional state and national parks, museums, historical sites, and conference centers are all seeking qualified individuals for the various positions that this current interest in historical preservation, cultural study, and heritage tourism is creating.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
65 CHs
Support Coursework: 
44 CHs

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2200

Introduction to Folklore
3
CH(s)

GEOG 2210

Introduction to Geography
3
CH(s)

HST 1108

United States History II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

ENGL 2201

Introduction to Literature I: Prose Narratives
3
CH(s)

ENGL 2202

Introduction to Literature I: Poetry & Drama
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

SCIE 1210

Science in the Heart of Appalachia
4
CH(s)

SCIE 1220

Geologic Heritage in the Field
4
CH(s)

SOCY 1111

Introduction to Anthropology
3
CH(s)

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

GNED ELEC

General Studies Elective
3
CH(s)

GNED ELEC (General Studies Elective) must be chosen from Artistic Expression grouping.
COMM 2201 or 2202 may be substituted for COMM 2200.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
21 CHs

FOLK 1100

Introduction to Museums
3
CH(s)

FOLK 1150

Folk Arts
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2210

Museum Education Programming
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2220

Museum Collections Management
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2230

Museum Exhibit Design and Preparation
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2240

Museum Interpretation
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2995

Museum Internship
1-3
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

ARTD 1120

Art Appreciation
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

FOLK 1100

Introduction to Museums
3
CH(s)

FOLK 1150

Folk Arts
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisites:  Minimum Verbal/Reading/Writing ACT score of 19, or COMPASS score of 71, or ENGL 0097.
MATH 1107 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, or COMPASS score of 36, or MATH 0080 series.

Spring Semester

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2240

Museum Interpretation
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2220

Museum Collections Management
3
CH(s)

GEOG 2210

Introduction to Geography
3
CH(s)

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.
COMM 2201 or 2202 may be substituted for COMM 2200.

Summer Semester

FOLK 2995

Museum Internship
1-3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
3 CHs
Fall Semester

ENGL 2201

Introduction to Literature I: Prose Narratives
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2200

Introduction to Folklore
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2230

Museum Exhibit Design and Preparation
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

SCIE 1210

Science in the Heart of Appalachia
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs
Spring Semester

ENGL 2202

Introduction to Literature I: Poetry & Drama
3
CH(s)

FOLK 2210

Museum Education Programming
3
CH(s)

HST 1108

United States History II
3
CH(s)

SCIE 1220

Geologic Heritage in the Field
4
CH(s)

SOCY 1111

Introduction to Anthropology
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs
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