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. Students can reduce the total number of credits needed for both degrees by double counting up to 13 credits between the programs, with a minimum of 6 credits from each program. 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 – 55 credits

Please note, 13 credits may be double-counted, with a minimum of 6 credits from each program.

English Master of Arts (32 credits)

  1. English Core (12 credits, minimum)
    1. Textual Practices I - 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 from Information Science), but this coursework must be approved by the MA Director.

Information Science Master of Science (36 credits minimum)

  1. Required courses: (15 Credits)
    • Core courses: 9 credits
      • Ist 601The Information Environment (3)
      • Ist 602 Information and Knowledge Organization (3)
      • Ist 614 Administration of Information Agencies (3; not required for students in the Intelligence Analysis concentration)
    • Research and statistics competency: Ist 608 Research Methods (3)
    • Internship: Ist 678 Internship - Information Science (3)
  2. Concentration courses: (21 credits)
    • Archives and Records Administration
      • Ist 546 Fundamentals of Records Management (3)
      • Ist 547 Electronic Record Management (3) 
      • Ist 654 Preservation Management in Archives and Libraries (3) or Ist 660 Archival Representation (3)
      • Ist 656 Archives and Manuscripts (3)
      • Supporting courses as advised: 9 credits
    • Library and Information Services
      • Ist 603 Information Processing (3)
      • Ist 605 Information Sources and Services (3)
      • Supporting courses as advised: 15 credits
    • Information Management and Technology
      • Ist 533 Information Storage and Retrieval (3)
      • Ist 560 Information and Public Policy (3)
      • Ist 565 Human Information Behavior (3)
      • Ist 611 Information Systems (3)
      • Supporting courses as advised: 9 credits
    • Data Analytics - updated as of Fall 2023
      • Ist 506 Database Systems and Data Analysis (3)
      • Inf 624 Predictive Modeling (3)
      • Required tool: Inf 528 Analysis, Visualization, and Prediction in Analytics (3)
      • Supporting courses as advised: 12 credits

Please note for the concentration: within the supporting courses, 6 credits must be from English.

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.