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Curriculum - Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)

The MLIS program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. Students enrolled in the regional cohort must complete three of the six electives at the UA Gadsden Center and remaining electives can be completed online. Online courses hold virtual sessions, usually one night per week (6:00-8:45 p.m. Central Time). Students must complete the following required courses.

  • LS 500 Organization of Information
  • LS 501 Introduction to Library & Information Studies
  • LS 502 Research Methods
  • LS 507 Information Sources & Services
  • LS 560 Information Technologies

To fulfill the required management component, students must take one of the following courses.

  • LS 508 Administration and Management
  • LS 530 Public Libraries
  • LS 531 Academic Libraries
  • LS 532 School Media Centers
  • LS 533 Special Libraries and Information Centers

In addition to the required core courses, students must complete 18 credit hours of electives, (12 must be in LS courses). Students pursuing State of Alabama School Library Media Certification will take courses approved by the Alabama State Department of Education and must pass a written comprehensive examination.

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