Administration of Museums and Historic Sites

Museum Studies Certificate Program
University of West Georgia and the Atlanta History Center

Increasingly, museum professionals have learned that they must learn business and administrative skills to survive and prosper in their field. This course introduces students to a wide range of administrative issues, including human resources, strategic planning, budgets, ethics, and board governance. Pam Meister, Directof of Interpretation and Education at the Atlanta History Center, and Ann McCleary, history professor at UWG, co-teach this course, with assistance from other AHC staff and museum professionals

Fall 2003

The Museum Administration class in the fall of 2003 has tackled a variety of assignments, two of which involve new projects being developed at the Atlanta History Center--the Conner Brown Discovery Trail and the Hartrampf cabin. One assignment involved writing a plan for developing the project concept and the second required students to research funding sources at the Foundation Center and write a foundation proposal. In addition, students prepared three different staffing plans for the Williams-Mitchell farm.

Syllabus for Fall 2003


Museum Administration class, Atlanta History Center, Fall 2003


Casey Stempfer of the Atlanta History Center talks about developing museum budgets, Fall 2003

Fall 2001

For the fall 2001 semester, graduate students (shown in the photograph below) developed a strategic plan and budget for a proposal project at the Atlanta History Center, attended a workshop at the Foundation Center and wrote a foundation proposal, and researched museum position descriptions.

Syllabus for Fall 2001


Museum Administration Class, Fall 2001

For more information on the Museum Studies program,
contact Dr. Ann McCleary, History Department,
University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, 30118, 770.838.3031

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