Programs Offered Through CWU Libraries
Both programs are online.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can you do with a minor or certificate in Library & Information Science?
Having a background in library science can prepare you for positions as a library paraprofessional in public, school, or special libraries—depending on your track. However, the types of skills that you will learn through the program focus on research, public service, organization, library technology, archives, and general information management that could be applied to many disciplines. Some of the career directions you could pursue with a background in library science include:
- Information Management
- Public Library Technician
- Publisher Representative
- Academic Library Para-professional
- Records Management
- Research Management
- School Library Aide
- Technical Writer
Do you need to attend classes on campus?
No. There are some course choices that are offered in person, but these are electives and optional. All required courses are offered online.
How long will the minor or certificate take me to complete?
The minor can be completed over the course of 2 or 3 years.
The Type B Certificate can be completed in 1 very full year, or over a number of years. You do not need to be enrolled full-time in courses for the certificate track.
When can I start the program? Do I need to start a particular quarter?
You do not have to join the program at a particular quarter. The two prerequisite courses for any of the program tracks are LIS110 and LIS201. LIS110 is offered every quarter, including summer quarter. LIS201 is offered summer, fall, and winter quarters.
Take a look at the academic calendars to find quarter start dates.
Do you need to be a student at CWU to take the LIS certificate?
If you are not already a student at CWU, the admissions process for the LIS Certificate is a little different and you would submit a Non-Matriculated Application Form which is available from the Registrar.
The Certificate Program welcomes students who are currently attending CWU and students interested in attending as non-matriculated.
What major or background is required for these programs?
The LIS Minor and the LIS Type B Certificate do not require a particular major or background. These are appropriate for people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Many people who pursue librarianship also happen to have a background in the humanities, but you can have a background in pretty much anything.
For the School Library Media Studies Minor, you also need to be enrolled in a teacher certification major. This minor leads to an endorsement in School Library Media and requires completing the WEST-E Library Media test.
What does it cost?
Tuition and cost per credit in either the LIS Minor or the LIS Certificate program is the same. Check the current CWU tuition rates to see cost per credit.
What do student in the LIS Programs do after they graduate?
While what you do with your LIS degree is up to you, prior students in the program have worked in the following areas:
- public libraries
- pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science
- data analyst
- industry records manager
- academic libraries
Program Faculty & Sample Syllabi
|Course / Syllabus||Faculty|
|LIS110 Research Fundamentals (1)|
LIS398/498 Special Topics in Library and Informational Science (3)
Aimée Quinn, Varies
For more information, contact:
Associate Professor | Instruction Coordinator
James E. Brooks Library
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548