A Brief History of Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information

The School of Communication and Information was established at Rutgers in 1982, but the roots of the academic programs housed at the school reach back nine decades.

1926

Undergraduate program in Journalism was established at Rutgers College.

1927

Undergraduate program in librarianship was established at the New Jersey College for Women, later Douglass College. The program ended two decades later.

1953

Graduate School of Library Service (GSLS) opened its doors to its first class of master’s students. It also offered non-degree Professional Development Studies, which continues uninterrupted through today. Later it offered a doctoral program.

1969

In 1969, a program in Journalism and Urban Communications was created within the Department of Community Development at Livingston College. It became a separate department and began awarding the Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Urban Communications in 1970s. A short time later the name was changed to Journalism and Mass Media.

1971

Undergraduate major in Human Communication was established at Rutgers College.

1978

Name of the GSLS changed to Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.

1982

School of Communication, Information and Library Studies (SCILS) was established. At the time of its inception, the school offered two undergraduate majors, one in Human Communication and one in Journalism and Mass Media, a Master of Library Service (MLS), and a PhD in Library and Information Studies.

1983

Names of the departments and programs at SCILS were denoted as

Department of Communication
Department of Journalism and Mass Media
Department of Library and Information Studies

1987

Master of Communication and Information Studies (MCIS) program was established.

Doctoral program of the school was converted from a PhD in Library and Information Studies to the interdisciplinary PhD in Communication, Information, and Library Studies.

1999

The name of the Master of Library and Information Studies program was changed to Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS).

2000

The name of the major in Journalism and Mass Media was changed to Journalism and Media Studies.

2001

Undergraduate major in Information Technology and Informatics began accepting students.

2005

Online option for the Master in Library and Information Science program admitted its first students.

2009

Name of the school was changed to School of Communication and Information (SC&I).

Dual degree BA/MCIS pathway was approved for Communication majors.

2010

Minor in Digital Communication, Information, and Media (DCIM) was established.

2014

Minor in Gender and Media was established as a joint venture with the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences.

2015

The name of the Master of Library and Information Science program was changed to Master of Information (MI) to reflect the scope of the curriculum, which still includes a strong specialization in library and information science.

2016

Dual degree BA/MI pathway was approved for Information Technology and Informatics majors.

2017

The name of the Master of Communication and Information Studies was changed to Master of Communication and Media (MCM), with formal governance by both the Communication and Journalism and Media Studies Departments.

2018

The name of the PhD in Communication, Information, and Library Studies was changed to PhD in Communication, Information, and Media.

2019

Dual degree BA/MCM pathway was approved for Journalism and Media Studies majors.

 

Deans

 

Graduate School of Library Service/ Graduate School of Library and Information Studies

  • H. Lowell Martin, 1953 – 1958
  • Ralph Shaw, 1959-1961
  • Neal Harlow, 1961 – 1969
  • Thomas Mott, 1969-1982

School of Communication, Information and Library Studies

  • William A. Stuart (Acting Dean), 1982-83
  • Richard Budd, 1983-1997
  • Todd Hunt (Acting Dean), 1997-98
  • Gustav W. Friedrich, 1998-2008

School of Communication and Information

  • Jorge Reina Schement, 2008-13
  • Claire R. McInerney (Acting Dean), 2013-2015
  • Jonathan Potter, 2015-