Undergraduate LIS Program

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Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science Online Degree

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, a 15-hour minor and enough electives for a total of 120 credit hours. 

All LIS courses are online and all except one are upper-level courses so students may attend a 2-year college then transfer to USM. 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 Science degree in library and information science prepares students to pass the PRAXIS exam for licensure if they want to work in a school library (Licensure Guidelines K-12). Those seeking licensure in a state other than Mississippi may obtain a Mississippi license and then apply for an out-of-state license in another state.  Each state has specific requirements, which can be viewed by contacting the professional licensing boards in their state of choice (AASL State-by-State Information). Questions about licensure may be directed to Jennifer.Wild@usm.edu (601.266.5522).


LIS Online Minor for Students in Other Majors requires:

  • LIS 201 Introduction to Information Literacy (face-to-face or online)
  • LIS 401 Reference and Information Services
  • LIS 457 Information Technology and Libraries or LIS 458 Web Design and Evaluation
  • 3 additional LIS electives for a total of 18 hours.


Accelerated Master's Option (AMO)

The Accelerated Master's Option would allow senior undergraduates in the Library and Information Science program who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher to take up to 9 credit hours of graduate credit in the following cross-listed elective courses during their senior year:

  • LIS 406/506 – Cataloging Multimedia Objects
  • LIS 416/516 – Technology in the School Library
  • LIS 433/533 – History of the Book
  • LIS 417/517 – Children’s Literature
  • LIS 418/518 – Young Adult Literature
  • LIS 419/519 – Programs and Services for Youth
  • LIS 428/528 - Storytelling
  • LIS 440/540 – Information Ethics
  • LIS 445/545 – Sources of Information for a Multicultural Society
  • LIS 457/557 – Information Technology and Libraries
  • LIS 458/558 – Web Design and Evaluation
Students will pay undergraduate tuition for up to 9 credit hours of graduate courses and the credit will count toward both their undergraduate degree and toward the MLIS degree at Southern Miss.
Students engaged in an AMO will be charged the undergraduate tuition rate.
  • AMO students will retain their eligibility for financial aid at the undergraduate level provided they maintain a full-time student classification.
  • AMO students are limited to 15 hours of combined undergraduate/graduate coursework during a semester.
  • Students may opt out of an AMO at any time and complete the required undergraduate degree plan. Any graduate credit earned to that point can be applied to the undergraduate degree plan.
  • AMO students retain an undergraduate classification until they have completed all the requirements of their undergraduate degree plan. It is expected that a student will complete the undergraduate degree within two years of being accepted into an Accelerated Master’s Option. 
  • Completion of the AMO does not automatically result in admission to the graduate program. Students completing the AMO are required to complete the same graduate application process as all applicants - an application fee will be required upon completion of the undergraduate degree and prior to being enrolled as a graduate, degree-seeking student.
To apply, send a request to Undergrad Advisor Mr. J. Edmand Pace (johnnie.pace@usm.edu).


 Undergraduate Course Schedules


Course Descriptions

201. Introduction to Information Literacy. 3 hrs. Introduction to practical and theoretical aspects of information management, including skills in locating, retrieving, and using relevant, reliable information.

** Most LIS courses require department consent. Please contact the School of Library and Information Science for enrollment assistance if you encounter LIS enrollment problems.

401. Reference and Information Services. 3 hrs. An introduction to reference materials, services, activities, and functions as well as methods for locating information.

405. Cataloging and Classification. 3 hrs. Principles and methods of cataloging and classifying library materials; provides practice in bibliographical description and subject analysis.

406. Cataloging Multimedia Objects. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 405. Study of the principles and methods of descriptive and subject cataloging and classification of multimedia materials.

408. School Libraries. 3 hrs. A survey of the objectives, functions, and organization of the library in elementary and secondary schools.

411. Development of Library Collections. 3 hrs. Philosophy and principles governing the selection and procurement of all types of library materials, including the use of selection aids and bibliographic sources for developing both print and non-print collections; this is writing intensive course.

415. Rural and Small Libraries. 3 hrs. An overview of management principles of rural and small public libraries.

416. Technology in the School Library. 3 hrs. A survey of technology utilized in elementary and secondary school libraries.

417. Literature and Related Media for Children. 3 hrs. A survey of children's literature, traditional and modern, and other related materials for use by and with children from birth to grade 6.

418. Literature and Related Media for Young Adults. 3 hrs. Study of adolescent literature and other related materials for use by and with young people in grades 7-12.

419. Programs and Services for Youth. 3 hrs. Introduction to activities programming for youth and its relation to learning and libraries.

428. Storytelling. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 417 or 418 or permission of the instructor. A study of oral tradition and folk literature with emphasis on selection of stories and the art and technique of storytelling. Provides practice in storytelling.

433. History of the Book. 3 hrs. A study of the origins and early development of books and printing in Western Europe and the Americas.

440. Information Ethics. 3 hrs. Introduces ethical issues and concerns specifically related to information professions and information technology.

445. Sources of Information for a Multicultural Society. 3 hrs. Overview of the diversity of information resources available in print and other media for a multicultural society and the diversity of information utilization by that society.

457. Information Technology and Libraries. 3 hrs. Examines various applications and contexts in which computers and other forms of information technology are utilized in different types of information centers and libraries.

458. Web Design and Evaluation. 3 hrs. Introduces principles of Web design and development including basic HTML coding and evaluation of Web sites including library Web sites.

480. British Studies: Studies in Librarianship.3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Comparative studies of library and information- related institutions, bibliographic organization, models of service and professional practice in the United States and Great Britain.

481. British Studies: Seminar in Children's and Young Adult Literature. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Intensive study of specific topics of British interests in literature for children and adolescents.

486. British Studies: Historical Studies in Children's Literature. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Traces the development of children's literature in England and the United States to the early 20th century.

487. British Studies: Research. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Provides the opportunity for in-depth research projects.

489. Library Practicum.1-4 hrs. Arr. Supervised work in a library to provide the student with operational library experience. This is writing intensive capstone course. (lis489practicum_handbook.doc and Facility_Agreement_Form.doc)

491. Library Instruction. 3 hrs. Study of principles and methods of information literacy and bibliographic instruction in libraries.

492. Special Problems in Librarianship. 1-3 hrs. Individual investigation of topics to be approved by the director. (Students undertaking a Seniors Honor Project will enroll in LIS 492H.)