Wayne State University

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School of Library and Information Science
Department of History

Through the School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State offers Graduate Certificate programs in Archival Administration, Arts and Museum Librarianship. In addition, a joint MLIS and MA in History Degree Program is offered.

The Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration was established both for individuals entering the archival profession and for those with experience in the field. The certificate program provides a professional education to individuals wishing identify, preserve, and make archival records accessible for use. The Archival Administration certificate includes courses which teach students basic archival theory, methods and practice of appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, reference, and the legal and ethical concerns regarding traditional, visual, and electronic records. In addition, other courses include records management, historical institutions and an archival practicum.

The Arts and Museum Librarianship Certificate program provides students with the education and practical experience necessary for building, organizing, managing, and promoting library collections in music, art, art history, dance, film studies, theater, and communication. Potential candidates for the Arts and Museum Librarianship Certificate include incoming LIS graduate students wishing to pursue a professional career in fine or performing arts or museum librarianship; practicing library and museum staff who wish to advance their competency in the field of fine and performing arts or museum librarianship; and students from other disciplines and professions who wish to obtain an MLIS with a specialization in arts and museum library management and digital curation skills.

Students in this joint program will earn both the MLIS and MA in History degrees. Graduates of the program will subsequently increase their job market potential and be prepared to enter a new workforce that is able to appraise and describe historical records, create websites, and preserve electronic documents. Applicants to this 57 credit-hour program must be admitted to both the Library and Information Science and Department of History master’s degree programs. Candidates must complete the required courses for both programs in order to graduate.

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