Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science

The library and information science (LIS) major requires completion of the general education core courses as well as 45 hours of major-area courses, 6 hours of major requirements outside the department, an 18-hour minor and enough electives to bring the total number of hours to 124. 

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 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.


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.