Bachelor of Arts in Library and Information Science
The library and information science (LIS) major requires completion of the general education core courses as well as 39 hours of major-area courses, 15-21 hours of major requirements outside the department (including 12 hours of foreign language), an 18-hour minor or dual major in another department and enough electives to bring the total number of hours to 124. Major-area courses begin in the junior year.
All LIS courses are offered online and other courses, if not offered entirely online by USM, can be taken through the Mississippi Virtual Community College while enrolled at USM for USM credit. Students should consult with their advisor when planning their minor or dual major courses. A minor in another department must be a recognized minor program, not just a total number of courses. General degree requirements may be found in The University of Southern Mississippi's Undergraduate Bulletin.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in library and information science may be used to satisfy the requirements for licensure as a school library media specialist in the state of Mississippi. Students who complete the BA in LIS and pass the PRAXIS exams, I and II and the Specialty exam may qualify as School Library Media Specialists in Mississippi.
Persons with a current teaching credential may complete the 21 hour Supplemental School Library Media Endorsement to qualify as to work as a School Library Media Specialist.
A minor in LIS is offered to students in other majors. Required courses include:
LIS 201 Introduction to Information Literacy
LIS 401 Reference and Information Services
LIS 416 Technology in the School Library, LIS 457 Computer Applications in Libraries or LIS 458 Internet Resources and Applications
3 additional LIS electives for a total of 18 hours.
All courses required for the minor can be taken online.