Accelerated Programs:
History BA or BS + College of Computing and Informatics MSLIS

What can you do with a history degree? We have at least one answer to that age-old question with an accelerated program that combines a BA or BS in History with an MS in Library & Information Sciences (MSLIS) from the College of Computing and Informatics.

The programs are a natural fit. Our history BA & BS focus heavily on research and experiential learning by using both the expanding array of electronic tools and Philadelphia's tremendous number of libraries and archives. A history student's knowledge and skill set feeds very well into a MS program dedicated to training students professionally to work in libraries and archives and in other positions requiring the management of records. The optional MSLIS concentration in archival studies can be especially valuable for students interested in applying their history training to careers in public and private archives, museums, government agencies, and other institutions.

Degree Requirements

  • The program requires at least one co-op because of the importance of experiential learning in library and archival training.
  • Students must have a 3.2 GPA to be considered for this program.
  • As in other accelerated programs, students must have completed 90 credits but not yet 120 credits (and incoming freshmen can be provisionally admitted).
  • Take Hist 296 (Research Methods in History) in your sophomore year if at all possible.

Course Checklists

BA/MSLIS-archival concentration (PDF) 
BS/MSLIS-archival concentration (PDF)

For more information, please contact:

Kathryn Steen, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Department of History & Politics (3025 MacAlister)