English Dual Program Leading to the M.A. - M.S. in English and Information Science and Policy

Dual Program Leading to the MA/MS in English and Information Science

The Department of English in conjunction with the Department of Information Studies offers a dual degree program combining the M.A. in English and the M.S. in Information Science. By applying six credits in Information Science to the English degree program and seven credits from English to the Information Science program, a student can reduce the total number of credits needed for both degrees. However, faculty responsible for concentrations in both programs may require additional course work. Students may be admitted to a dual master's degree program at the beginning of their graduate studies, but not later than after completing 20 graduate credits applicable to a dual master's degree program. Work done for an awarded master's or doctoral degree may not be used for this program. Students may leave a dual program before completion of both degrees. If the requirements for one degree have been fulfilled, that degree may be awarded. You must be admitted to graduate study in both the M.A. in English and M.S. in Information Science degree programs for the dual degree program.

Program of Study - English and Information Science – 61 credits

A. English (32 credits)

  1. English (12 credits, minimum)
    1. Textual Practices IA - ENG 500 (4);
    2. One course numbered 600 or above (4);
    3. ENG 699 Master's Thesis (4); or ENG 698 Master's Research Tutorial (4) and Examination
  2. Supporting courses (20 credits): Selected subjects in English or other academic fields as advised. Up to 8 credits may be taken in other fields (6 credits must be in Information Science), but this coursework must be approved by the MA Director.

B. Information Science (42 credits minimum)

  1. Required courses: (21 Credits)
    • Core courses: IST 601, 602, and 614 (replaced by 676 for LIS/School media students) (9 credits)
    • Technology core: IST 523 and one course from the following (IST 535, 538, 561, 658 or 611 if student is not in IST concentration. 673 is required for LIS/School media students.) (6 credits)
    • Research and statistics competency: IST 608 (3 credits)
    • Internship: IST 668 (3 credits)
  2. Concentration courses: (6-12 credits)
    • Archives and Records Administration - Required courses: IST 546, 547, 654 or 660, 656 (12 credits)
    • Library and Information Services - Required courses: IST 603, 605 (6 credits)
    • Information Management and Policy - Required courses: IST 560, 615, 636 (9 credits)
    • Information Systems and Technology - Required courses: IST 533, 611, 636 (9 credits)
  3. Supporting courses as advised (9-15 credits) -  A maximum of nine credits may be taken in other professional and academic fields as advised. Seven credits of approved course work in English must be part of the supporting courses sequence.

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.