British Studies

LIS 580/587: British Libraries and Information Centers

"This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle.
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England." 

Shakespeare, King Richard II, Act 2 scene 1

British Studies_LIS_Syllabus 2016 (PDF)

6 Credit Hours: 

LIS 580. British Studies in Librarianship. 3 hours. Comparative or historical studies of library and information institutions, collections, models of service, or professional practice in the United Kingdom.

LIS 587. British Studies Research. 3 hours. Provides the opportunity for an in-depth research paper using the resources of metropolitan London and/or the United Kingdom.

Course Information

Have you ever dreamed of being in the 'sceptred isle' of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Kipling, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, and J.K. Rowling - of strolling along the Thames or through the verdant British countryside?

Spend a month in the United Kingdom earning credit while learning about historic and modern British libraries, archives, and special collections on-site from distinguished British librarians, archivists, and information specialists.

Students have the opportunity to accompany faculty to sites such as Oxford and Edinburgh - and time to explore sites of interest on their own. An historic recreation of the Globe Theatre is within walking distance on the South Bank of the Thames and students may purchase tickets to a Shakespeare production. The King's College dorm is a short distance from Waterloo Station, where one may catch the tube to the theatre district in the evening, or to Paddington Station, or to King's Cross Station, site of Harry Potter's 'Platform 9¾'.

In addition to participating in scheduled lectures and tours, students are required to produce book reviews and a reflective journal for LIS 580 and research paper on an approved topic for LIS 587.

Recommended Book List:


Student Articles on British Studies

A Study Abroad Adventure in London by Taylor Atkinson and Jessica Dai, SLISisten Up, August 2014

Librarians in London by Lauren Dodd, ALA Student Voice, Fall 2009

American Library Student Explores British Libraries by Nicole Powell, International Leads, December 2009



All students who are U.S. citizens must have a valid passport. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining any additional documents required for entry into the U.K. Contact the nearest U.K. consulate for information.

Registration is handled through the Southern Miss International Programs Office so questions about course registration or fees should be directed to them (phone: 601.266.4344, email: Questions about required assignments, academic credit, or grades should be directed to the course faculty.

Visit British Studies Program at Southern Miss to find out more about studying abroad and the application process for British Studies.

Financial Aid

Students who are accepted for participation in the British Studies Program may apply for financial aid if they meet federal requirements for a Guaranteed Student Loan.

Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact the British Studies Program Office before requesting a summer study-abroad financial aid application from the university's Financial Aid Office.

Summer Pell Grants, faculty/staff dependent scholarships, faculty/staff tuition waivers, and graduate assistantships are also accepted. Students are advised to begin the financial aid process well in advance of these deadlines.

Non-Southern Miss students should apply for financial aid through the school in which they are currently enrolled and seeking a degree. Financial aid agreements between Southern Miss and other schools are available, if requested. If more information is needed, contact the Southern Miss International Programs Office at (601) 266-4344 or fax (601) 266-5699.



Dr. Teresa Welsh
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