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Classes and Assignments

The McClung Museum can enrich your courses by providing content for in-depth, experiential learning. Gallery visits can be conducted in collaboration with a member of the McClung Museum’s staff or held on your own. Students can do assignments from your class on their own time. You can even select items from one of our collections to enhance a conversation through an object study request.

Ways that Academic Programs can support you:

  • Ensuring a quiet gallery for a visit with your whole class. By scheduling in advance, we can help to avoid conflicts.
  • Providing museum staff to facilitate a tour or discussion. We can add a different context to your class.
  • Facilitating object requests from our collections that are specifically for your class.
  • Showing ways to use a specific exhibition through our Faculty Teaching guides for temporary exhibitions and some permanent exhibitions.
  • Supporting students that come to do an assignment or extra credit. We can help them find what they need and you can help us track attendance by telling us they are coming.

Tell us your plans or contact Katy Malone, curator of academic programs, to brainstorm ideas at or 865-974-2416.

Please note that a request to reserve a gallery or have museum staff involved with your class should be made at least two weeks beforehand. Object study requests must be made at least four weeks in advance. Once the form is submitted, we will contact you for accommodations and planning. Scheduling is not guaranteed until confirmed. Museum staff will not host a class in the absence of the instructor.

How do faculty members feel about using Academic Programs?

Students in a class at the McClung

“I am still tingling with energy from the epiphanies we achieved through our examination of material objects from McClung’s Geography Awareness Week exhibit on Civil Rights. I can’t believe we were able to make so many profound connections between psychology, art, history, geography, and sociology . . . the students could finally SEE how MEMORY, as maintained through objects, can function as a source of contagion . . . You more than helped me realize a pipe dream, you have revolutionized my approach to pedagogy.”

– Sally Seraphin, Psychology, Course: Motivation (PSYC320) and Honors General Psychology (PSYC117)