Undergraduate Program

Yunseon Choi, Program Coordinator
Tel. (203) 392-5704 
E-mail: choiy1@SouthernCT.edu

ILS 2012-2013 Student Handbook [pdf]

The Department of Information and Library Science prepares students for positions in library and information science and related fields. At the undergraduate level, a Bachelor of Science degree program in information management and services is offered. The program integrates coursework in information science, library science, and interdisciplinary studies. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7. Students may also enroll in a minor in information management and services. 

A consortium enables students enrolled at the other three Connecticut State Universities to take undergraduate courses in information and library science at Southern Connecticut State University.

MAJOR IN INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICES 

The B.S. degree program prepares graduates for careers in a variety of information-based fields. The program also prepares graduates for support positions in libraries. The major consists of 39 credits, 18 credits of required core courses, 12 credits of electives from computer science, 6 credits of electives from cognate areas, and 3 credits of a senior capstone experience. 

The Liberal Education Program (LEP) requires students to take courses within three tiers: 18 Credits of Tier 1 Foundations courses covering First Year Experience, Critical Thinking, Multilingual Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Technology Fluency, and Written Communication; 27 credits of Tier 2 Explorations courses covering American Experience, Creative Drive, Cultural Expression, Global Awareness, Mind & Body, Natural World I: Physical Realm, Natural World II: Life & Environment, Social Structure, Conflict & Consensus, and Time & Place; and 3 credits of Tier 3: Connections (Senior Capstone). 

ILS Major (39 credits; minimum 2.7 Overall GPA)

Required (18 credits):
     ILS 302 - Information Service
     ILS 320 - Technical Services
     ILS 330 - User Services
     ILS 421 - Organization of the Information Center
     ILS 425 - Information Sources
     ILS 440 - Information Service Technology
 
Electives (12 credits) chosen from:
     CSC 152 - Computer Programming I
     CSC 153 - Computer Programming II 
     CSC 104 - Web Technology
     CSC 206 - Web Scripting
     CSC 212 - Data Structures
     CSC 306 - Internet Multimedia
     CSC 443 - Fundamentals of Internet Programming

Electives (6 credits) chosen from one of these cognate areas:
Management
     MGT 105 - Managerial Communication
     MGT 300 - Management and Organization
     MGT 305 - Organizational Behavior 
     MGT 415 - Developing Team Managerial Skills
Psychology / Sociology
     PSY 210 - Infant & Child Development
     PSY 215 - Adolescent Development
     PSY 227 - Social Psychology
     PSY 370 - Educational Psychology or
     PSY 371 - Educational Psychology for Early Childhood
     SOC 361 - Urban Sociology
     SOC 203 - Social Organizations
Communication
     COM 205 - Fundamentals of Professional Presentations
     COM 225 - Interpersonal Communications
     COM 253 - Fundamentals of Video Production

Required (3 credits):
Senior Capstone (ILS 490)

MINOR IN INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICES 

The minor in information management and services may be used as a pre-professional preparation as a career ladder component for students who have earned an associate of science degree in the field and as a career-oriented concentration for students in professional studies or liberal arts programs. To become an information management and services minor, students must complete a minor declaration form, which is available in the department's office. 

ILS Minor (18 credits; minimum 2.7 Overall GPA)

Required (12 credits):
     ILS 302 - Information Service
     ILS 320 - Technical Services
     ILS 330 - User Services
     ILS 425 - Information Sources
 
Electives (6 credits): See lists above under CSC, MGT, PSY, COM, and COM

State University Consortium

A consortium of the Connecticut State Universities enables students enrolled at the other three State Universities to take undergraduate courses in library science at Southern Connecticut State University. Students register and pay tuition and fees at their respective colleges. An interview should be held with a faculty advisor at Southern. 

INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE COURSES

ILS 244 - The Use of Information Sources
The range of media, technology and services available to students in the modern library is examined and applied. Cannot be used to fulfill requirements for major in Library Information Service. 3 credits.

ILS 302 - Information Service
An overview of the information field: library science, instructional technology, information science, communications. 3 credits.

ILS 320 - Technical Services
Organization of the technical services structure: acquisition processes, cataloging-classification systems. 3 credits.

ILS 330 - User Services
Utilization of reference tools and the development of library-information programs. 3 credits.

ILS 400 - Information Service Practice
A 150-hour work experience in a library-information service agency. By arrangement. 3 credits.

ILS 421 - Organization of the Information Center
The structure and function of information service agencies. 3 credits.

ILS 425 - Information Sources
Sources of information in the public and private sectors: selection, acquisition, utilization. 3 credits.

ILS 440 - Information Service Technology
Utilization of major technologies in library-information service agencies: video, microforms, computers. 3 credits.

ILS 490 - Senior Capstone
3 credits.

A typical course sequence follows:

FRESHMAN YEAR - 30 Credits
INQ 101 First Year Experience (3 credits)
ILS 244 Use of Information Sources (3 credits)
CSC 200 Information Management and Productivity Software (3 credits)
*SOC 203 Social Organizations (3 credits)
*MAT 107 Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
ENG 112 Composition II (3 credits)
SPA 201 Spanish II (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

SOPHOMORE YEAR - 30 Credits
ILS 302 Information Service (3 credits)
ILS 320 Technical Services (3 credits)
ILS 330 User Services (3 credits)
HIS 111 United States History II (3 credits)
ENG 217 Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
Creative Drive course (3 credits)
Global Awareness course (3 credits)
Mind & Body course (3 credits)
Natural World Physical Realm course (3 credits)
Natural World Life & Environment (3 credits)

JUNIOR YEAR - 30 Credits
ILS 421 Organization of the Information Center (3 credits)
ILS 425 Information Sources (3 credits)
ILS 440 Information Service Technology (3 credits)
Social Structure, Conflict & Consensus course (3 credits)
Time & Place course (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

SENIOR YEAR - 33 Credits
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
ILS 490 Senior Capstone (3 credits)

Updated from the 2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog  

Last updated: March 9, 2013