Ann Arntson recently completed her first semester in the Museum Studies Certificate program at the University of St. Thomas in fall 2019.
Where did you go as an undergrad and what did you study?
I went to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and studied History. My emphasis was in Egyptian and Middle Eastern history.
Why did you want to continue your studies with the University St. Thomas?
I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science with an emphasis in Archives and Special Collections. A classmate told me about the Museums Studies program and I thought it would be an important complement to archives and libraries.
What advice would you give someone thinking of coming to St. Thomas for the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies?
I would tell them that St. Thomas provides a supportive environment from both the Art History department and other students. I very much enjoy my time here because of this. Also, I would tell them to go to the department events!
What are you currently interested in?
- Psychology of collecting, especially how it applies to museums, archives, and other related fields.
- Egyptian history (ancient to modern)
- Adding to my book list
How were your classes last semester?
The semester was good but very busy. I very much enjoyed Museum Studies II: Collections, Curation, and Controversy. I was also taking Archives and Mmetadata courses at St. Kate’s.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Balancing coursework, student groups, networking, internships/jobs and personal life.