Street Address
2956 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Mailing Address
2956 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Lisa Hubbell, Campus Librarian
phone: 510-717-4286


Museum Studies

The Museum Studies program at John F. Kennedy University is one of the nation’s most recognized museum studies programs and is committed to preparing museum professionals to meet the demands of an increasingly complex profession. Today’s museum professionals must have the knowledge and skills to serve diverse audiences, create collaborative partnerships with communities, design innovative exhibitions and programs, and develop a sustainable financial base of support.

The curriculum covers a wide range of issues and provides fundamental skills while challenging students to critically analyze and creatively reform museums for a diverse society. The training is applicable to all types of museums, historical sites, natural parks, and cultural and discovery centers.

All Museum Studies students are required to complete one or more internships in order to put their classroom knowledge to practice. Recent internship sites include the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, the Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand, the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Walt Disney Family Museum, and many others.

All Museum Studies faculty members are practicing professionals. Their ranks include conservators, registrars/collections managers, educators, exhibit designers, and museum administrators. Students have close contact with other experts in the field through museum visits, guest speakers, and internships. During the academic year professionals from many of the more than 250 Bay Area museums work with JFK University students.


The John F. Kennedy University Libraries will provide excellent customer-focused service enabling JFKU community members to pursue self-directed paths of interest and inquiry in fulfillment of educational, professional, and personal goals.


About the Libraries

The John F. Kennedy University Libraries consist of the central Robert M. Fisher Library in Pleasant Hill and its branches on the Berkeley and San Jose campuses, as well as the Law Library, also in Pleasant Hill. The holdings of all four libraries may be searched via the library web site.

The collections of the university's libraries number more than 100,000 volumes, 1,000 print and 49,000 electronic journals, 87,000 e-books, and 80 online databases. The libraries collect materials in print, audio, video, and electronic formats. Media viewing/listening stations are available at each campus. Reference assistance and research instruction are available on a drop-in, by-appointment or distance basis.

Each library's collection supports academic programs offered on its particular campus. The databases, e-journals, and e-books on this website are accessible to all JFKU students, staff, and faculty members.


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