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Course of Study

Librarians perform a wide range of functions in many different types of organizations. While some students develop a strong interest in a specific career specialty, others prefer a more general educational preparation that will provide them with greater flexibility to pursue a variety of options. The Generalist Course of Study guides those students in the selection of a balanced program in the six competency areas defined by the faculty: Professional Identity, Management, Resources, Services, Information Organization, and Technology (see The Professional Competencies for Graduates of the Masters in Library Science Degree Program).

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LIS Core Courses (12 credits):

  • LSC 551 Organization of Information
  • LSC 553 Information Sources and Services
  • LSC 555 Information Systems in Library and Information Centers
  • LSC 557 The Information Professions in Society

Highly recommended courses for Generalist course of study:

  • LSC 606 Cataloging & Classification
  • LSC 610 Information Architecture and Web Design
  • LSC 615 Metadata
  • LSC 635 Human Information Behavior
  • LSC 641 Collection Development
  • LSC 652 Foundations of Digital Libraries
  • LSC 654 Database Management
  • LSC 672 Management
  • LSC 695A Practicum
  • LSC 745 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
  • LSC 772 Marketing Libraries and Information Services

Alternate recommended elective courses:

  • LSC 616 Indexing, Abstracting, and Thesaurus Construction
  • LSC 633 Information Retrieval and Analysis
  • LSC 644 Information Literacy Instruction
  • LSC 756 Systems Analysis and Evaluation
  • LSC 881 The College and University Library
  • LSC 887 Institute on Federal Library Resources
  • LSC 888 The Special Library/Information Center
  • LSC 889 The Public Library

Generalist course of study checklist (.docx) (.pdf)

Courses mapped to LIS Professional Competency Areas


Information Organization



Information Technology

Professional Identity


Required Courses





Highly Recommended Courses






 652 or 654


 745 or 772

Highly Recommended Courses*  695A Practicum (can be related to any competencies)






 no more than one of:





*695A, Practicum, is highly recommended for students without prior library and information services experience, and for those who wish to gain first-hand experience in a type of library that they are not familiar with.

**It is recommended that no more than two may be substituted for highly recommended courses.


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Page updated May 2017

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