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Final Product and Examination
Each student will be responsible for a final product, developed through research or other creative activity, that contributes to museum studies and demonstrates the student’s ability to engage conceptually and professionally with the discipline of museum studies. The final product will be developed with and approved by the student’s M.A. committee. The final product may be an extension of work undertaken during an internship or in a course. Examples of appropriate products include research papers, exhibitions, educational curricula, websites, social media applications, and films.

Each student will successfully defend their final product as part of the final examination of their work. This comprehensive master’s examination, taken during the student’s final semester of coursework, focuses on the student’s final product, while also testing the candidate's mastery of museum principles and practices, and relevant subject disciplines indicated by the student’s record. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the exam is oral, and the examination committee shall be comprised of the student’s M.A. committee. The oral defense is public; faculty and graduate students are invited and encouraged to attend as nonvoting participants.

Written notice of intent to take the exam must be filed with the Museum Studies office at least three weeks in advance of the examination, providing the names of the chair and committee members, the date and time of the exam, and the location of the exam. The examination will be evaluated (on the basis of Pass, Fail, or Honors) by each member of the committee. A favorable majority is required for passing the exam. Note: Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they take the exam.


Museum Events

Kenneth Spencer Research Library North Gallery Grand Reopening
Thursday, September 7 | 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: 15-minute tours of North Gallery, 4 p.m.: Brief remarks
Kenneth Spencer Research Library, 1450 Poplar Lane
University of Kansas campus

Fall 2017 Applied Humanities Workshop with N.Y. Nathiri
Friday, September 15 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hall Center for the Humanities Conference Room
Nathiri is executive director of of the Association for the Preservation of the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.). P.E.C. is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1987 and based in Eatonville, Florida, the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston. P.E.C. hosts the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities; The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston); and a host of year-round programs for pre-K through 12. Nathiri is a professionally trained librarian and an award-winning preservationist.

Teacher Appreciation Night
September 28 | 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Truman Presidential Museum
500 W. U.S. Highway 24
Independence, MO
More than 20 museums across the region will be present to help teachers craft lessons and offer their resources. Free to all educators.
 

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