Coordinated Degree: Master of Arts (MA) in Women's Studies / Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS)

The MLIS/MA Women's Studies Coordinated Degree Program consists of 54 credits in combined Library and Information Science and Women's Studies (WMNS prefixed or cross-listed) coursework. Candidates for the coordinated degree program will be expected to fulfill the degree requirements of both programs within seven years, in compliance with Graduate School policies. Degrees will be awarded simultaneously.

Students will acquire skills in information organization and retrieval and will be prepared to handle the information sources and services in the area of Women's Studies. Students will become knowledgeable about relevant information seeking behavior and broader policy issues, and familiar with research, issues, and scholarship in the interdisciplinary fields of Women's Studies.

The Master of Library and Information Science/Master of Art in Women's Studies program prepares students for positions as information specialists in institutions of higher learning, libraries and research centers which frequently require a subject masters in addition to an MLIS.

Angela DavisRequired Women's Studies Courses

  • WMNS 401: Global Feminisms
  • WMNS 700: Feminist Issues and Scholarship
  • WMNS 710: Advanced Feminist Theory
  • WMNS 711: Advanced Feminist Research Methods
  • One additional 3-credit G or U/G WMNS course, excluding: 497, 599, 700, 990, and 999.
  • 15 elective credits selected in consultation with the Women's Studies Grad Chair, of which 6 credits may be taken in L&I SCI.

Required SOIS Courses

  • L&I SCI 501: Foundations of Library and Information Science
  • L&I SCI 511: Organization of Information
  • L&I SCI 571: Information Access and Retrieval
  • L&I SCI 591: Research in Library and Information Science
  • Electives (18 credits) selected in consultation with faculty advisor. Note: Six credits taken in Women’s Studies also count as electives for a total of 24 elective credits.

It is recommended that students take the following two courses as electives:

  • L&I SCI 861 (820): Seminar in Intellectual Freedom
  • L&I SCI 891: Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science (with appropriate topics such as Feminism or Librarianship and Information)

For more information contact the Women's Studies Program by telephone at 414-229-5918 and by email at