Spring 2017 Study Abroad with Kent State -application deadline: November 1, 2016

Registration is now open for the “Museum Origins” course offered by Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science, which includes 10 days exploring museums and collections in the UK.


The UK trip is part of a 10-week, 3-credit-hour course that examines the birth of the modern museum and its roots in Europe. In the context of today’s world, students will “go back in time” to explore the origins of western museums and the meaning of publicly shared collections by visiting actual sites and collections that played a role in this history. The course is designed specifically to help current and future museum professionals gain a better understanding of their own role and purpose in their community, society and nation.


The course is led by Dr. Kiersten F. Latham, associate professor in Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. She created the School’s museum studies specialization and is the co-author of Foundations of Museum Studies: Evolving Systems of Knowledge (2014) and Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Encounters in Museums (2013), which was named the Best Museum Education Book of 2014 by the Museum Education Monitor (MEM).


In addition to her research and academic work, Dr. Latham has worked in, on, and about museums in various capacities for more than 25 years, serving as a director, educator, researcher, collections manager, curator, volunteer and consultant.


Additional information is available below and at http://www.kent.edu/slis/museum-origins-course.


Class size is limited. Early registration is strongly encouraged! Deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2016.


Who can take this course?

Graduate and upper-division undergraduate students from any institution, any major, including art, art education, art history, architecture, fashion, history, public history, literature, anthropology, classics, and more. (If you are not a Kent State student, please consult with your academic advisor about transferring credits.)

Graduates of any master’s or Ph.D. program, from any institution, any discipline (Note: Even if you do not intend to take the course for credit, you will be required to pay tuition.)


What’s the schedule?

Feb. 27-May 7, 2017: blended 10-week course — online, synchronous online, and on site in the UK

Feb. 27-March 25: Online course, plus three synchronous meetings (online or live) March 6, 13, 20

March 26-April 4 (10 days): On site in UK, including tours of museums, sites and private collections, plus face-to-face discussions and student-instructor meetings. (These dates cover part of Kent State’s spring break, plus a few days.)

April 5-May 7: Completion of research paper and peer review


What museums and sites will we visit?

London highlights: Kew Gardens, British Museum, Hunterian Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Darwin Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Gallery, Royal Armories/Tower of London (pending confirmation of sites)

Oxford highlights: Ashmolean Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Museum of Natural History, Bodleian Libraries (pending confirmation of sites)


How much does it cost?

Program fees: $2,000 — Covers museum/site admissions and tours; transportation to/from museums and sites, between London and Oxford; lodging; two or three group meals. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. (Does not include tuition, transportation to/from London, or personal expenses. See below.)

Flight: $1,500 (estimated) — Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and getting to the designated location by March 25.

Tuition: See tuition cost schedule for three (3) graduate and undergraduate credit hours on the University Bursar’s website (click: Kent Campus per credit hour). (Non-Ohio residents will pay non-resident tuition rates.)

Personal expenses: will vary with each student. Considerations include transportation and meals during free times, museum and other admissions not covered by program fees, souvenirs, etc.


What is the deadline to apply and to pay?

Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2016

Payment deadline: Jan. 15, 2017 (program fee)

Withdrawal deadline: Jan. 15, 2017 (program fee is non-refundable)


Where can I find more information and register?

More information and a link to registration are available at http://www.kent.edu/slis/museum-origins-course.