Nancy Yates, who graduated in 2009 with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Classical Studies, is now a graduate student in the Museum Anthropology program at Columbia University. This opportunity to study about and prepare for a career working with museums is offered as part of the anthropology department at Columbia, which allows her to take a lot of classes that are cross-listed with other disciplines.
When asked about her choice to attend Columbia, Nancy said, "It's Columbia, it kind of sells itself. But I was specifically attracted to the interdisciplinary nature of the program and its emphasis on practical applications of theory in actual museum jobs. I knew I didn't want to be on an academic track so it was important to me that I find a program that fosters professionals."
The program requires students to complete two internships while working on a thesis. Because of the experience and networking this will give Nancy, she hopes to find a job in New York with an auction house, museum, or similar institution in collections management where she can develop her love of object care, public access/interpretation, and navigating the modern world of museums.
Nancy became interested in the field of museum studies through her work with Dr. Bey in Kiuic her sophomore year. She started working in the ceramics field lab with fellow Millsaps alumna Betsy Kohut and became interested in collections access issues, storage and accession, and how archaeological projects, museums, and educations interact with each other generally.