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Museum and Archive Studies

Gain the professional training and internship opportunities you need to work in the museums and archives profession. 

Help Preserve History

Study museum and archive studies in a certificate program. Career options involve helping preserve historical artwork and working as a preservationist in museums, public and private archives or historical organizations. The certificate includes potential internship experiences at the W. H. Over Museum, the University Archives and the National Music Museum.

You will learn about management practices, such as leadership, organizational behavior and resource development and cover in-depth topics such as exhibition development and design, visitor engagement and museum law and technology.


Degrees & Offerings

Museum and Archive Studies

  Vermillion Main Campus

The museum and archive studies graduate certificate provides you professional training and internship opportunities to gain hands-on industry experience. This certificate can be embedded into the master's program in history, allowing you to graduate with a master’s degree and certificate in two years.

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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education.
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At the University of South Dakota, our Department of History houses numerous disciplines that exist at the intersection of curiosity, research, writing, storytelling and the human experience. Find the answers to your questions about people, events, institutions and values with the guidance and support of our exceptional faculty.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Department of History.
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David Burrow



Imperial Russia
Modern Europe
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Elise Boxer

Director-Inst of Amer Indian
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Kurt Hackemer

Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost


19th Century American Military & Naval History
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Sara Lampert

Associate Professor
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Mark Madsen

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Molly Rozum

Associate Professor, R.Nelson Distinguished Professor

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 

Graduate Tuition & Costs

Learn more about tuition and fees for undergraduate students and see how your out-of-pocket costs at USD compare to those at other colleges and universities. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs Detailed page for program specific costs and fees.

Financial Aid

Navigating options for how to pay for college can be challenging, but you are not alone. The Office of Financial Aid will work with you and your family to explore how you can make your college education even more affordable.

Graduate Assistantships

USD offers opportunities for grad students to earn a reduced tuition rate in exchange for their teaching, research and service efforts to the university.


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