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Online Bachelors Degree in Library Science Ranked No. 2 in the Nation

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:00pm | By: Tara Burcham

The University of Southern Mississippi's online bachelor's degree in library science has garnered being ranked No. 2 in the nation by Best Colleges. Best Colleges uses statistical data to objectively assess programs based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.

The fully online program was recognized for academic quality, including high praise for the program's retention and graduation rates as well as affordability.

Dr. Teresa Welsh, professor and director of the School of Library and Information Science, says being recognized as second in the nation is an homage to faculty dedication and continued efforts by Southern Miss to provide the highest quality academic programs.

“The growth and success of this program are due in great part to our dedicated faculty and staff, particularly instructor and undergraduate advisor Mr. J. Edmand Pace,” said Welsh. “Students attend and participate each week in online virtual classes and they gain hands-on experience by completing a practicum or internship in a library or archive.”

According to Welsh, the program reaches students across the nation preparing them for a wide range of positions, “This degree is perfectly suited for someone seeking to manage a branch library, work in an educational setting at a public library, or at a primary, middle or high school library.”

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The University of Southern Mississippi offers 14 online undergraduate and 24 online graduate degrees. For more information, visit