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School of Library and Information Science

School of Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science at Southern Miss 

University Libraries LIS Resources

Our graduates are professional librarians, archivists, and information specialists who make a positive difference in their communities across the country and internationally.  Our fully online programs include some unique features:

  • No out-of-state fees - online students pay the same tuition as residents
  • No required visits to campus (although we are happy to see students and graduates who drop by for a visit to our beautiful campus and offices)
  • British Studies each summer in London, an optional study-abroad course where students may earn 6 elective credit hours
  • Synchronous classes meet online once each week in virtual classrooms where students may see, hear, and interact with the professors.

LIS Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Master of Library and Information Science Degree Requirements


The mission of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is to prepare qualified individuals for professional roles in libraries, archives, and other information environments with appropriate knowledge and skills to serve the information needs of their communities.

The School of Library and Information Science aspires to promote student success, improve information literacy, and serve diverse populations through excellence in teaching, research, service, and the use of emergent technologies.

The School of Library and Information Science is committed to:
Student-centered learning: We are committed to cultivating an active, student-centered learning community.
Diversity and Inclusion: We recognize and value the diversity of modern society and support inclusiveness in learning.
Intellectual freedom: We embrace the ideals of intellectual and academic freedom and strive to nurture an open, respectful learning environment for the free exchange of ideas.
Service: Because we believe it is a core of the profession, we support service at all levels and encourage ongoing professional development as a means of enhancing skills and knowledge.
Community: We believe in creating, fostering, and participating in learning and research communities that span borders on state, national, and international levels.
Research: We believe research is an essential part of scholarship, not just for creation of new knowledge but for support of teaching and learning and sharing of new knowledge with multiple communities of interest.

Check out the current SLIS Graduate Student Handbook, Policies and Procedures. (PDF)

University of Southern Mississippi Policies (PDF)

**Fall Semester Starts August 17th**
Contact your advisor for when you are ready to enroll in spring courses and be sure to check out the Registrar's Office Academic Calendar for important spring dates.

Fall 2020 Graduate Course Offerings (PDF)
Fall 2020 Undergraduate Course Offerings (PDF)
Spring 2021 Undergraduate Course Offerings (PDF)
Spring 2021 Graduate Course Offerings (PDF)
Course descriptions- Graduate Course Descriptions (PDF)
Course descriptions- Undergraduate Course Descriptions (PDF)

Undergraduate Course Rotation (tentative) 2020-2022 (PDF)
Graduate Course Rotation (tentative) 2020-2022 (PDF)

The University of Southern Mississippi is the only institution in the state with a program accredited by the American Library Association. The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) offers a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), two graduate certificates, and a Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science (LIS) entirely online. Our graduates work in a wide variety of settings, including schools, colleges, universities, public libraries, government libraries, corporate libraries, hospitals, military, museums, archives and other information-related environments.

Graduate Programs (100% Online)

Undergraduate Program (100% Online)

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$82, 251  IMLS grant (2016-19) for Dr. Griffis’ study of segregated Carnegie libraries in pre-Civil Rights America


211 students from 40 universities earned credit in British Studies LIS courses, 2007-18


108 columns, essays, and student research papers published in SLIS Connecting refereed e-journal, 2012-18