Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Archives & Records Administration - Program Requirements

The CAS candidate will complete 15 credits of course work, planned in conjunction with the Archival Studies Program Director as an individually designed program suited for the needs and professional objectives of the student.

  • A minimum of 12 credits must be taken in the School of Information Studies.
  • INFOST 650: Introduction to Modern Archives Administration is a required course and prerequisite for most CAS courses.
  • Up to 3 credits may be taken in another school or department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with the prior approval of the Archival Studies Program Director, in an approved area (Ex: Administrative Leadership, Anthropology, Business Administration, Computer Science, etc).
  • A maximum of 3 graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited university provided the courses are relevant to the candidate's professional objectives and are included as part of the total approved program.
  • No thesis is required, but students may obtain up to 6 credits in independent study which is included as a part of the total approved program.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained.
  • The program must be completed within 3 years from the date of admission.

CAS in Archives & Records Administration Curriculum

Many professionals who work in or manage archival programs received little or no formal graduate-level education in archives and records administration prior to the beginning of their careers. A large number of those who did receive such education were enrolled during a time when the archival sequence consisted of little more than an introductory course, a seminar, and a fieldwork experience. There were no core courses in functional areas as there are for students in a mainstream library and information science program. In addition to the general shortage of coursework, the rapid changes in information and preservation technology as well as ethical and legal issues have made it difficult for working professionals to stay abreast of the latest developments and trends.

The following courses are designed to help bridge this gap and are recommended for consideration by those enrolled in the Archives and Records Administration CAS: 


INFOST 650 - An Introduction to Modern Archives Administration. 3 cr.

An introduction to the archives profession, archives administration, main uses of primary sources in academic research, and archival issues regarding the Internet and other technologies.


INFOST 655 - Information and Records Management: 3 cr.

Principles and practices of information and records management: organizational information needs, retention, schedules, vital records protection, micrographics, records centers and records management policy. Recommended for those with no graduate-level education in records management

INFOST 656 - Electronic Document and Records Management. 3 cr

The course addresses concepts relating to retention and preservation of electronic records. Addresses legal issues, records management technique and systems implementation.

INFOST 750 - Arrangement and Description in Archives. 3 cr.

Development of the intellectual framework and critical evaluation skills necessary for the arrangement and description of archival collections.

INFOST 752 - Archival Outreach: Programs and Services. 3 cr.

An introduction to archival outreach and reference services for sustaining an archival program committed to public service.

INFOST 753 - Preserving Information Media. 3 cr.

Preserving Information Media examines all aspects of archival preservation of multiple media formats. Includes discussions of preservation practice, policy and programming in an archives.

INFOST 759 - Fieldwork in Archives and Manuscripts. 1-3 cr.

Field experience of 50 to 150 hours in an archives or manuscript repository under faculty and field supervisor guidance. Student must also complete a supervised field project. 759 Archives & Records Management Fieldwork Form (form.doc) (form.pdf)

INFOST 850 - Seminar in Modern Archives Administration. 3 cr.

In depth exploration of several aspects of archival work through extensive readings, discussions, practical exercises and a major seminar paper.

INFOST 891 - Technology Issues in Archives. 3 cr.

This course explores contemporary technology issues facing archivists, addressing the uses of technology in archives collection management, arrangement and description, reference, digitization, and electronic records.

INFOST 891 - Appraisal and Collection Development for Archives and Manuscripts. 3 cr.

This class examines the function of collection development in an archives through an introduction to the theoretical framework of appraisal and practical experiences in selection.

INFOST 999 - Independent Research. 1-3 cr.

In-depth research under faculty guidance, on a special aspect of library and information services.

For a complete list of course descriptions, please visit the Graduate School website: http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/prospective/areas-of-study/library-and-information-science/#courses