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2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
  Jun 14, 2024
2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin

Public History / Library and Information Science, M.A. / M.L.I.S.

One of only a few such programs in the United States, the joint master’s program in public history and library and information science has been designed to prepare students for careers in historic agency administration, archives, records management, and library administration in such areas as manuscripts, rare books, government information, and reference.


Persons applying to the joint master’s program in public history and library and information science must meet the entrance requirements of both the Department of History and the School of Library and Information Studies. Note: The Department of History admits students only once a year, for the spring semester; contact the Department of History for details.

Degree Requirements M.A. (30 Hours) / M.L.I.S. (30 Hours)

Students earn both the Master of Arts in Public History and the Master of Library and Information Science upon successful completion of 60 hours of course work consisting of 30 hours in each area (earning both degrees separately would require 72 hours of graduate credit).

Courses Required for the Library and Information Science, M.L.I.S.

Courses Required for the Public History, M.A.

Foundation Courses (21 Hours)

  • Historical research methods
  • Archival administration
  • Historical editing
  • History of historical writing
  • Two courses and a research seminar in the student’s minor field of study

Elective Specialization Courses (6 Hours)


Oral Comprehensive Examination