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History and Library and Information Science (M.A./M.L.I.S. Joint Degree)

Joint-degree programs allow students to earn two degrees with fewer credits than if the degrees are earned separately. Students who enroll in the joint program will earn both the M.L.I.S. and M.A. in History degree. Graduates will increase their job market potential and be prepared to enter a new workforce that is capable of appraising and describing historical records, creating websites, and preserving electronic documents. Candidates must complete the required courses as outlined for both programs in order to graduate. Core courses in one program may not be used as elective courses in the other; fourteen credits of electives may be double-counted.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program must be admitted to both the School of Information Sciences and Department of History M.A. program.

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Earning a graduate degree is an undertaking which requires a considerable commitment of time and financial resources. The Department of History expects applicants to its graduate program to arrive well-prepared to undertake a rigorous course of study. 

The department normally considers only applicants whose undergraduate grade point is at least 3.00 overall and at least 3.25 in a minimum of eighteen semester credits in history and related subjects at the advanced undergraduate level. Applicants should have or be in the process of acquiring relevant foreign language preparation to enter the area in which they wish to study. The department requires that all applicants submit a statement of purpose, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation from former instructors, a resume or curriculum vitae, and copies of transcripts from each college or university previously attended. Please consult the Department of History graduate handbook for more details on how to prepare application materials. 

Application deadlines are October 15 (for Winter admission), January 15 (for Fall admission with funding consideration), and April 15 (for Fall admission without funding consideration).

Requirements: Library and Information Science

Students will complete twenty-nine credits in core and elective Information Science courses and seven credits in History elective courses.

Required INF Courses
INF 6010Foundation for the Information Professions3
INF 6080Fundamentals of Information Technology3
INF 6120Access to Information3
INF 6210Organization of Information3
INF 7040Management and Leadership3
INF 7996Research for the Information Profession3
Elective Courses
INF Elective Courses11
HIS Elective Courses7
Total Credits36

Requirements: History

Students will complete twenty-three credits of History courses and seven credits of Information Science elective courses.

HIS 7830Methods and Research in History3
HIS 7999Master's Essay Direction3
HIS electives (17 cr.), including:17
At least one 8000-level History seminar
No more than two (2) courses may be taken at the 5000- or 6000-level without permission of the advisor and DGS (granted by their signatures on the Plan of Work); 5000- and 6000-level courses must be offered for graduate credit to count toward the MA degree
INF courses (7 cr.)7
Total Credits30

Total for both degrees: fifty-three credits (no more than thirteen credits may be double-counted). 

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