Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections

The 18-credit hour certificate combines online coursework related to archival history, theory, methods, organization, and ethics, with an archival practicum, which can be arranged at an archive or special collection near the student. The certificate can be earned with an MLIS degree*, a related master's degree, or as post-master's certificate for those holding an MLIS or master’s degree in a related field. Non-LIS graduate students are required to take LIS 505: Cataloging and Classification as a prerequisite.
*12 hours of electives can count for both MLIS and certificate so one may earn both for 46 credit hours.

Program Mission: To prepare students for careers in archives and related fields such as special collections or cultural repositories.

Required courses:

  • LIS 646: Special Collections and Archives (3 credits)
  • LIS 647: Introduction to Archival Organization (3 credits)
  • LIS 648: Archival Practicum (3 credits)
  • LIS 645: Digital Libraries (previously 675: Seminar in the Organization of Material) (3 credits)
  • LIS 652: Metadata (previously LIS 675: Seminar in the Organization of Material) (3 credits)

Elective (choose one):

  • LIS 506: Advanced Cataloging and Classification (3 credits)
  • LIS 533: History of the Book (3 credits)
  • LIS 580: British Libraries and Information Centers (3 credits)**
  • LIS 631: History of Libraries (3 credits)
  • LIS 634: History of Children's Literature (3 credits)
  • LIS 692: Special Problems (on an approved archival topic such as genealogy research)

Certificate Assessment: After successfully completing the required coursework, students are required to write a 2,500 to 4,500-word paper on an approved topic related to archives or special collections.

**The research paper required for British Studies 587 may be used as the certificate assessment if it is on an archival or special collections-related topic.

For more information, please contact Dr. Matthew Griffis or Dr. Teresa Welsh


Archival Certificate Plan of Study: gradcertificate_archives.xls