Curriculum Overview

You will work with an adviser to design a plan of study by selecting courses to meet your interests and career goals. See Plans of Study for examples. Thirty-six credits, or twelve courses, are required to earn an MLIS degree.

Your course choices in the Master of Library and Information Science program are organized around six themes in the field of library and information science: human-interaction; information access; information and society; information systems; management; and organization of information.

Six lead courses, one in each area, form the foundation of the curriculum and offer general knowledge of the major principles and issues of the field. Two or more central courses in each theme offer basic understanding and competencies in important components of the field. Specialization courses in each theme allow students to develop expertise in preparation for specific career objectives.

The six themes with their core, central, and specialization courses are outlined below. Please also check our complete list of courses with course descriptions and pre- and co-requisites.


Human-Information Interaction

Lead course

510 - Human Information Behavior

Central courses

511 - Research Methods
518 - Designing User Centered Information Services

Specialization courses

512 - Interface Design
514 - Learning Theory, Media and Curriculum
515 - Traditions in Oral Narration
516 - Children's and Youth Services
517 - Planning Outreach Services - Syllabus
519 - Information Literacy, Learning and Teaching - Syllabus

Organization of Information

Lead course

520 - Organizing Information

Central courses

522 - Cataloging and Classification

Specialization courses 524 - Metadata for Information Professionals


Information Access

Lead course

530 - Principles of Searching

Central courses

540 - Reference Sources and Services

Specialization courses

532 - Collection Development and Management
533 - Manuscripts and Archives
534 - Records Management
535 - Competitive Intelligence
541 - Government Information Resources - Syllabus
542 - Information Resources in Science and Technology
543 - Information Resources in Business and Economics
545 - Information Resources in the Health Services
546 - Information Resources in Law
547 - Materials for Children - Syllabus
548 - Materials for Young Adults - Syllabus
590 - E-Humanities and Social Science Research

Information Systems

Lead course

550 - Information Technologies for Libraries and Information Agencies          Syllabus

Central courses

551 - Information Retrieval
552 - Understanding Library Systems & Software Applications - Syllabus
553 - Digital Libraries - Syllabus

Specialization courses

554 - Information Visualization and Presentation - Syllabus
555 - Multimedia Production - Syllabus
556 - Preservation of Library and Archival Materials - Syllabus
557 - Database Design and Management
558 - Digital Library Technology

Management

Lead course

570 - Management of Libraries and Information Centers - Syllabus

Central courses

571 - Leadership in Theory and Practice
574 - Knowledge Management in Organizations

Specialization courses

572 - Evaluation of Library and Information Services and Systems
573 - Financial Management for Library and Information Organizations
575 - Management of School Library Media Programs
578 - Interpersonal Communication for Information Professionals

Information and Society

Lead course

580 - Knowledge Structures and the Information Professions

Central courses

581 - Social Informatics
582 - Information Policy

Specialization courses

583 - Social History of Children's Literature
584 - Intellectual Freedom - Syllabus
585 - Reading Interests of Adults
586 - The History of Books, Documents, and Records in Print and Electronic Environments
587 - Understanding, Designing, and Building Social Media
588 - Social Media Research

Required Noncredit Classes

501 - Introduction to Library and Information Professions

502 - Colloquium in Library and Information Studies

503 - ePortfolio Capstone

All of the classes listed above are available on the New Brunswick campus. The Online Degree option of our program offers a variety of streams of study for students who do not wish to come to campus for classes. Full plans of study online are available for school library media, digital libraries, public libraries, and general study.

Other Study Options

Other course options are available to you. Field experience offers the possibility of working for one semester in a library or information center and earning credit; it is highly recommended if you have never worked in an information environment. You can arrange to work under the supervision of a faculty member on an independent study course so you can explore a special interest. You can take an online course from another ALA-accredited MLIS degree program around the world through the WISE consortium. And in some cases, with permission, you can arrange to take a course at Rutgers outside the MLIS program and use the credit towards your degree.

You have a tremendous number of noncredit experiences available to you at SC&I and around the University. The MLIS program offers colloquia every semester where experts come to talk about their work or current issues in the field. Other degree programs at SC&I also offer colloquia which you may attend. And Rutgers offers you the opportunity on a weekly basis to hear speakers from around the world who come to campus sponsored by one of the university's hundreds of academic programs.