2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
School of Library and Information Science
Teresa S. Welsh, Director
118 College Drive, Box 5146
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Bomhold, Creel, Cunningham, Griffis, Norton, Pace, Welsh, Whipple, Yu
The purpose of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is to educate students for careers in the information professions. Covering all types of media formats, the curriculum prepares future librarians and other information professionals to create, develop, organize, access, and evaluate print and digital resources in a variety of settings.
The Bachelor of Science in library and information science prepares students to work in a public or other type of library or to pass the PRAXIS exam for school library licensure. The graduate program in library and information science is the only master's program in Mississippi accredited by the American Library Association (see the Graduate Bulletin). Students are encouraged to join and support the activities of the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA), the Southern Miss Student Archivists (SMSA), and the American Library Association.
BS in Library and Information Science
Any student who satisfies admission requirements to the University is eligible for admission to the School of Library and Information Science.
Students interested in positions in public, academic or corporate libraries, information centers, or other information professions should follow the Bachelor of Science degree program described below. The program requires 45 LIS credit hours, which includes a senior Capstone course and sufficient GEC and elective hours from any department of the University to complete the 120 semester hours required for the degree. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all library science courses. A minor in another field of study is recommended.
For other majors, SLIS offers an LIS minor. The courses are all online and classes meet each week in virtual classrooms.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceNon-degree