John R. Haddad, 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, public folk arts and folklife centers and programs, 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 apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement..
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. Certificate program students who wish to have the certificate courses applied to a degree program must formally apply and be admitted to that degree program. Students enrolled in any of these degree programs may apply credits earned toward the certificate as elective credits with program approval, subject to restrictions outlined in the "Transfer of Nondegree and Certificate Graduate Credits."
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 (AMST)
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 (AMST)
520. TOPICS IN POPULAR CULTURE (3)
530. TOPICS IN FOLKLORE (3)
531. MATERIAL CULTURE AND FOLKLIFE (3)
540. ETHNOGRAPHY AND SOCIETY (3)
551. SEMINAR IN LOCAL AND REGIONAL STUDIES (3)
570. TOPICS IN AMERICAN ART (1 - 6 per semester)
575. MUSEUM INTERNSHIP ( 3)
595. INTERNSHIP (1-12)
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (PADM)
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: Fall 2017
Expiration Semester: Spring 2022
Last Revised by the Department:Fall Semester 2017