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29 – 32 Credits

(The LIS Minor is currently not accepting new students)

Libraries are a staple in our communities in sharing information, creating spaces and programs for community growth, and allowing access for all. The minor in library and information science is designed to provide students with an understanding of the methods and means of gathering, organizing, and disseminating information within libraries. The minor is appropriate for students who wish to gain a greater understanding of the field of library and information science. This program does not qualify participants for a Washington State Library Media (P-12) endorsement and is not equivalent to requirements for an MLIS or MLS.

All students in the minor will be required to complete 20 credit hours in the core curriculum. Students may choose courses within the remaining curriculum areas depending on their specific interests. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the program courses.

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum (20 credits)

  • LIS 110 Research Fundamentals (1)
  • LIS 201 Foundations of Library and Information Science (3)
  • LIS 245 Research Methods in the Digital Age (4)
  • LIS 310 Information Literacy and User Services (3)
  • LIS 314 Technology in Library and Information Science (3)
  • LIS 414 Organization of Knowledge (3)
  • LIS 490 Internship (3-5)

Elective Courses (9-12 credits)

Management (3-4 credits)
Select one of the following courses:

  • LIS 412 Library Management & Leadership (3)
  • ANTH 362 Museum Curation and Management (4)

Collection Management (3 credits)
Select one of the following courses:

  • LIS 410 Collection Development (3)
  • LIS 411 Introduction to Archives (3)

Reader/Content Advisory (3-5 credits),
Select one of the following courses:

  • EDLM 436 Survey of Children’s & Young Adult Literature (3)
  • ENG 247 Multicultural Literature (5)
  • ENG 347 Global Perspective on Literature (5)
  • ENG 302 Poetry and Poetics (5)
  • ENG 330 African American Literature (5)
  • ENG 331 Latina/o Literature (5)
  • ENG 332 American Indian Literature (5)
  • ENG 333 Asian American Literature (5)
  • ENG 334 American Indian Oral and Nonfiction Literature (5)
  • Any History Course at the 300 to 500 level (3-5)LIS398/498 Special Topics in Library and Informational Science (3)

Library and Information Science Course Descriptions

LIS 110 Research Fundamentals (1)
Designed for students new to research at the college level. Course explores the research process, different information sources, effective search strategies, and services for researchers.

LIS 201 Foundations of Library and Information Science (3)
Introductory course explores the role of libraries, types of libraries and services provided, areas of work within the profession, library ethics, and professional networks.

LIS 245 Research Methods in the Digital Age (4)
This course examines methods of information gathering and sharing in academic and social environments. Students explore applications of the research process, learn strategies for identifying and synthesizing information, and discuss research influences on scholarly conversations. Formerly LIS 345, students may not receive credit for both. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter, and Spring).

LIS 310 Information Literacy and User Services (3)
This course will cover information-seeking theories, methods, and user behaviors. Principles and philosophies of library reference service, information literacy, reading, listening and viewing guidance, and information resources will be explored.

LIS 314 Technology in Library and Informational Science (3)
This course provides a review of the hardware and software used in libraries. Provides an introduction to technology tools, processes, and web applications that support the delivery of library services.

LIS 398 Special Topics (3)
See the catalog and speak with your advisor to learn more about upcoming special topic courses.

LIS 410 Collection Development (3)
This course covers the basic components of collection development and management. Topics to be explored will include selection, planning, budgeting, and maintenance of library collections.

LIS 411 Introduction to Archives (3)
This course provides an introduction to the profession of archival studies. In addition to the history, development, and nature of work in the profession, the basics of collections management and development, intellectual control, preservation, conservation, and technological applications will be presented.

LIS 412 Library Management and Leadership (3)
This course will cover the policies and procedure necessary for the effective operation of a library and information centers. The course will explore the policies and procedures required for budgeting, planning, promoting and assessing library and information programs.

LIS 414 Organization of Knowledge (3)
This course provides an introduction to the organization of print and electronic resources. Topics to be covered include cataloging and classification of resources, use of controlled vocabularies, and intellectual access to those resources.

LIS 490 Internship (3-5)
This course provides hands-on instruction and experience in a library, archive, museum, or other information centers.

LIS 498 Special Topics (3)
See the catalog and speak with your advisor to learn more about upcoming special topic courses.

Reader/Content Advisory Course (3-5)
Students will select from a variety of preapproved courses from other academic disciplines that provide in-depth analysis of a literary genre or historical period. This requirement is designed to enable students to advise readers on fiction and nonfiction titles in a specific area of interest.

Apply for the Minor

The LIS Minor is currently not accepting new students. This change does not affect current students in the LIS Minor.

Program Advising

Example: Major in English Language and Literature
General Education Requirements: 46-66 credits
Major Requirements: 72 credits
LIS Minor: 29-32 credits
Electives: 23 credits
Total Credits: 180

Example: Major in Liberal Studies (large plan)
General Education Requirements: 46-66 credits
Major Requirements: 64-66 credits
LIS Minor: 29-32 credits
Electives: 16 credits
Total Credits: 180

EXAMPLE UNDERGRADUATE COURSE PLANS

2-Year Plan (PDF)

3-Year Plan (PDF)

To learn more about the profession and find scholarship information, check out the Library and Information Science research guide. For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Brown
Associate Professor & Department Chair | Instruction Coordinator
509-963-1960
elizabeth.brown@cwu.edu

Schedule of Course Offerings

Schedule of course offerings
Course FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
LIS 110 X X X
LIS 201 X
LIS 245 X X
LIS 310 X
LIS 314 X
LIS 398/498*
LIS 410 X (Offered on even years)
LIS 411 X (Offered on odd years)
LIS 412 X
LIS 414 **(see note)
LIS 490 X X X

*Special topics courses are offered on an irregular schedule.

**Not offered in 2022, talk to advisor about course substitutions.

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