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 Science 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 for students who complete the BS in LIS and pass the PRAXIS exam (see Licensure Guidelines K-12).  Students in other states may contact their State Board of Education to find out about requirements specific for their state (see AASL State-by-State Information).


A minor in LIS is offered to students in other majors. Required courses include:

LIS 201 Introduction to Information Literacy (available 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.

All courses required for the minor are available online.