"When I was considering a graduate program, part of what encouraged me to choose NIU DeKalb was that I could complete the museum studies certificate alongside my art history course requirements. At this time, museum studies programs were still fairly new and I remember being impressed with the cutting-edge qualities of the program.
The core curriculum included classes that addressed both the practical and theoretical issues facing museums today and these greatly broadened my understanding of the history of museums and their methodology. This important combination better prepared me for a career in museum work and I believe helped to make me more competitive in a highly competitive field. The internship aspect provided me the opportunity to interact with regional institutions and was directly responsible for leading to my first museum position. I am extremely pleased with the experience I gained through the museum studies program at NIU."
Rockford Art Museum
Museum Studies Certificate NIU 2004