I was surprised when I ran across this article earlier today. I hadn’t even considered that there could be a push against hiring Museum Studies students in a museum. In Nina Simon’s words: “I see these programs as a threat, an encroachment of schoolishness on the willfully unschooled. Following a standardized curriculum to prepare for work in the museum field homogenizes the perspectives and skills people bring to museum jobs. I think one of the things that keep museums fresh, welcoming, and non-didactic is the fact that most exhibit designers, museum educators, and conservators come from a variety of backgrounds”
Keep with the article though, there are some really great points brought up in the comments.
Clearly it is hard to pin hole all museum studies programs, as they are not all the same. After getting through this article and all of the comments, I felt even better about what we are doing at UNCG.