Museum Studies

The Museum of Anthropology was established in 1970 in Trinity Hall at California State University, Chico, to support the Department of Anthropology’s unique and innovative museum training program. Today, the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology continues to function as a multifaceted educational facility for students in the Museum Studies Program. The Museum Studies Program at CSU Chico is one of the few museology programs in the United States, where students conceive, research, design, and install exhibits as part of their formal training, as well as gain hands-on courses in museum collections management and other areas of museology. Students have two options in pursing a degree in museum studies: the Certificate in Museum Studies or the Masters Degree in Anthropology, with an Option in Museum Studies.

Certificate in Museum Studies

Chico State’s museum studies program has been a leader in museums studies programs nationally for over 40 years.  Thanks to the vision of the museum’s founder, Keith Johnson, the program continues to prepare students for work as museum professionals with unique hands-on training.  Students actively participate in all stages and aspects of research, design and installation of museum exhibitions. This approach equips our graduates with the tools they will need in the professional world. The Certificate in Museum Studies is designed for undergraduate and graduate students attending CSU Chico, wishing to augment the degree in their major area of study.

The required coursework is listed in the catalog. Co-Directors Stacy Schaefer and Georgia Fox teach the museum studies courses for CSUC. The certificate requires one internship in a museum.

Masters Degree in Anthropology, with an Option in Museum Studies

Students pursuing their Master Degree in Anthropology have an option to concentrate in museum studies in addition to their required four-field anthropology core curriculum, with two required internships and a master’s thesis. The requirements can be accessed through the catalog.

Please see the department web page for applying to our graduate program.

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Hours

September 6-December 20, 2017


11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Closed between exhibitions.  See exhibition schedule for specific dates.

Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.

Our Location

The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, across from the main library entrance.

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Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400

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Phone: 530-898-5397

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