Museums and Society

Understand the institutions that preserve, interpret, and present natural, scientific, and material heritage.

The Museums and Society minor encourages you to explore questions central to the humanities through an investigation of material culture and the institutions that collect, preserve, interpret, and publicly display it. The program’s overarching goals are to promote museum literacy, or the skills necessary to be critical interpreters of these influential institutions; to inspire you to reflect on your major in new ways; and to enable you to be an active, informed member of the broader cultural community now and throughout your life. Many courses include visits to or focused work in local and regional institutions, including on-campus collections.


The History of Fake News From the Flood to the Apocalypse

“Fake News” is everywhere in both past and present. Explore that history first-hand through Hopkins’ rare book collection of literary and historical forgeries spanning millennia of human history.

Conservation of Material Culture: Art, Artifacts and Heritage Sites

This course introduces the field of art conservation through the study of paintings, paper, books, objects, contemporary sculpture, and historic preservation. Topics covered include: methods of manufacture, agents of deterioration, preservation initiatives, conservation treatment and ethics, and conservation science.


Why are some literary works from the past reprinted, anthologized, and considered worthy of study, but not others? Why are some works “lost” and some “rediscovered,” while others simply fall out of favor? Focusing on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literary culture, we’ll use rare books and archival materials from Hopkins’ collections to examine the relationship between authorship, stewardship, and status.

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