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Minor in Arts and Cultural Management

About the Minor

The Minor in Arts and Cultural Management, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, provides students with a theoretical and practical training platform related to the management and advocacy of arts and cultural organizations and to dimensions of the industry known as artistic and humanistic entrepreneurship. Students will engage with promotion, leadership, budgeting and e-strategies through participation in course work, experiential opportunities such as internships and volunteer positions, and other co-curricular activities that allow them to participate in critical analyses and production of arts and cultural management projects.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should contact, Dionne O'Dell at odelldio@msu.edu.

Minor Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 17 credits from the following:

1. All of the following courses (12 credit hours):

  • ACM 271 Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management (3 chr)
  • ACM 461 Strategies of Arts and Cultural Management (3 chr)
  • ACM 462 Promotional and e-Commerce in Arts and Culture (3 chr)
  • ACM 463 Event Production and Planning for Arts and Culture (3 chr)

2. A minimum of 2 credits from the following courses as approved by the minor advisor (2 credit hours):

  • MUSM 492 Special Topics in Museum Studies (1 to 3 chr)
  • MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies (3 chr)
  • MUSM 498 Learning in Museums (3 chr)
  • DAN 390 Special Topics in Dance (1 to 4 chr)
  • DAN 455 Dance Studies: Traditions (3 chr)
  • STA 110 Drawing I (3 chr)
  • STA 491 Selected Topics in Studio Art (1 to 3 chr)
  • STA 492 Senior Seminar and Professional Practice (W) (2 chr)
  • STA 492A Exhibition Practicum (1 chr)
  • THR 204 Topics in Acting/Directing I (3 chr)
  • THR 304 Topics in Acting/Directing II (3 chr)
  • THR 404 Topics in Acting/Directing III (3 chr)
  • THR 316 Stage Management (3 chr)
  • THR 390 Special Topics in Theatre (1 to 4 chr)
  • THR 492 Senior Seminar (W) (3 chr)
  • THR 870 Collaborative Studio in Theatre (3 chr)
  • WRA 202 Introduction to Professional Writing (3 chr)
  • WRA 453 Grant and Proposal Writing (3 chr)
  • WRA 491 Special Topics (1 to 4 chr)
  • Other management-focused, arts and humanities courses including independent study, as approved by the minor advisor.

3. The following course (3 credit hours):

  • ACM 471 Arts and Cultural Management Seminar (3 chr)

4. Completion of a 40-hour volunteer or paid experiential learning opportunity:

  • The goal of the experiential learning component is to provide an environment for students to apply their management skills and to provide them practical field experience. This opportunity may include engaging in performing, visual and media arts in nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural organizations or transferable management areas including hospitals, social service agencies, educational institutions, advertising and design firms, commercial arts industries, and video and film companies. On campus opportunities are available at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the College of Arts and Letters Creativity Exploratory, Language Learning Center, Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research Center, the MSU Museum, the Writing Center, and the Visual Resources Library.

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