LIS Minor

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

Libraries are central to information sharing, creating spaces and programs for community growth, and allowing access for all. The Minor in Library and Information Science is designed to provide you with an understanding of the methods of gathering, organizing, and sharing information within libraries and other contexts.


Why Study Library and Information Science at CWU?

Learn about leadership, curation, archives, multicultural literature and so much more. Join a program made up of students and educators who are dedicated to the future of libraries. Learn the skills you'll need to gain a greater understanding of the field as you explore your interests in the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of LIS.

Program Information

The LIS minor is appropriate for students who wish to get exposure to 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.

Online Program

The LIS Minor is an online program with the option to take several elective courses in-person at our Ellensburg, WA campus.

Program Cost

To learn more about cost, aid, and value, please visit the admissions and aid website.

Degree Explanation

All students in the minor are required to complete twenty credit hours in the core curriculum. You may choose courses within the remaining curriculum areas depending on your specific interests. A 2.0 GPA must be maintained in program courses. The minor is 29-32 credits total.

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

Related Programs

There are several popular major pairings with our minor. This is not a complete list as those in the library field often come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. While majors in the humanities are common, they are by no means the only degrees represented in the field.

  • Professional and Creative Writing
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Questions? Contact us.

CWU Libraries, Library and Information Science Program

Elizabeth Brown, Professor, Department Chair, and Instruction Coordinator
Phone: 509-963-1960