Simon J. Bronner, Ph.D.
Penn State Harrisburg
American Studies Program
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
This 15-credit graduate certificate program offered at Penn State Harrisburg provides students with knowledge of practices in the heritage and museum sector, which includes historical and heritage societies, art galleries, archives and record management programs, educational institutions, cultural and governmental agencies, preservation and cultural resource management groups, and media production companies. A goal of the program is to enable students to conceptualize, deliver, and manage effective heritage and museum projects. The Heritage and Museum Practice certificate is awarded for successful completion of 9 credits of prescribed courses plus 6 credits of electives from an approved list of courses. Students must earn a grade of B or above in each course that counts toward the certificate program.
An applicant must hold either a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
A candidate in the certificate program may also become a candidate in the Master of Arts in American Studies, Master of Arts in Humanities, or Master of Arts in Public Administration degree programs if the candidate is admitted to one of these graduate degree programs; however, successful completion of the certificate program neither implies nor guarantees admission to any graduate degree program at Penn State. Students enrolled in any of these degree programs may apply credits earned toward the certificate as elective credits with program approval. Up to 15 credits of coursework taken in nondegree status can count towards a graduate degree.
Applicants are expected to have 2.75 GPA or above in the last two years of undergraduate work in American Studies, history, art, architecture, anthropology, folklore, management, communications, or fields related to museum and heritage practice.
PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
AMERICAN STUDIES (AM ST)
480. MUSEUM STUDIES (3)
481. HISTORIC PRESERVATION (3) or 482. PUBLIC HERITAGE (3)
550. SEMINAR IN PUBLIC HERITAGE (3)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
In addition to the 9 credits of prescribed coursework, students must select 6 credits from the following list of 500-level elective courses.
AMERICAN STUDIES (AM ST)
530. TOPICS IN FOLKLORE (3)
531. MATERIAL CULTURE AND FOLKLIFE (3)
575. MUSEUM INTERNSHIP ( 3)
551. SEMINAR IN LOCAL AND REGIONAL STUDIES (3)
570. TOPICS IN AMERICAN ART (1 - 6 per semester)
592. FIELD EXPERIENCE IN AMERICAN STUDIES (3)
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (P ADM)
500. PUBLIC ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT (3)
505. HUMAN RESOURCES IN THE PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT SECTORS (3)
516. STRATEGIC PLANNING (3)
517. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: HISTORY AND EVOLUTION (3)
518. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP (3)
519. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT (3)
Effective Semester: Spring 2013
Expiration Semester: Fall 2017
Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013
Blue Sheet Item #: 41-06-199
Review Date: 04/09/2013