to register

If you want to register for this course, go to the UAF Office of the Registrar and select from the left side if you’re a non-degree seeking student who just wants to take our course, or the right side if you’re already a UAF student.

The important numbers for registering are:

Fall – CRN: 78331  MSM F211 UX1

Spring – CRN: 36963 MSM F211 UX1

If you register at UAOnline, use these settings to find the course:

You can also register by going to eCampus.



If you need assistance figuring out the registration process, connect with one of the course instructors! If you find you need an override on the sophomore-status to register, contact Angela Linn who can issue you that override.



delivery method

Spring Semester 2021 (classes start January 11, 2021 – April 26, 2021 last day of instruction)

Online asynchronous and interactive, with weekly synchronous meet ups via Zoom.

course description

This online 3-credit course will introduce students to the inner world of museums, how they function and the many different skills they bring together. We will consider museum studies with a wide lens to give you the broadest possible experience and answer critical question including:

  • What are the different types of museums and what do they do?
  • What kind of museum jobs are available?
  • What other jobs can museum skills prepare you for?
  • How are objects (specimens/artifacts) collected and conserved?
  • How are collections data managed and shared?
  • How do we develop exhibitions and media for the public?
  • What ethical issues do museums face?
  • What are the challenges that museums may face in the future?

This course will be valuable for students curious about pursuing a career in museums as educators, administrators or curators, for those who interact with museums, and for those already in related fields seeking professional development opportunities. This course is taught by staff at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Alaska’s only teaching, collecting, and research museum. Our instructors are practicing museum professionals and educators whose expertise spans a spectrum of disciplines, including natural and cultural history, art, film, exhibit design, and museum administration.