The world of the “information professional” is not bound solely to libraries but embraces an expanding and inclusive computer-oriented world of the “information professions”.  These professions encompass artifacts and applications of the printed word, digital resources, cultural and scientific data, archives and informatics, systems and interfaces, and the people who need these resources.  The world of information work is evolving: opportunities await people bridging the traditional and opening forms of information services.

At home in the print world, today’s librarian is also one of a spectrum of information professionals - working in libraries, museums, archives, records management, metadata designers, businesses and any information-rich environment to preserve the physical and digital resources fundamental to education, culture, business, the arts, and modern life.

The modern information professional may be involved in preserving and assuring access to physical forms of knowledge, to cultural objects, and resources born digital, through training in the computer technologies that facilitate organization and access to fulfill people’s need for information.

As a student in the 3+1 program you’ll receive a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science in three years. After another year of study you’ll earn a Master’s of Science degree in Library and Information Science.  This combined program introduces you to computing, data models and structure, hands-on competencies, and the issues surrounding the legal and ethical uses of computer technologies in contemporary information work. In the fourth year you'll apply these competencies in Library and Information Science. Study concludes with a capstone experience addressing real-world information needs or participating on a research project.

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is ranked in the country's top 10 by U.S.News & World Report. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in their fields. Their experienced teaching, service, and research activities provide you an exciting realm of study and opportunities to apply your learning to real-world practices.  And you’ll connect with new colleagues.  You'll enter this exciting, expanding field with a sophisticated skill set, eminently qualified to connect people to the information they need.

Program Requirements

Note: this chart represents a sample 3+1 curriculum. The 3+1 Computer Science/Library Information Science Program requires 32 additional  credits of electives (8 courses), which can be comprised of a combination of AP credits, extra courses each semester and/or summer courses before the end of Year 3. We will work with you individually to determine the best course sequence for your needs.

Year 1
Fall Term Spring Term
CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Science (LIS 531J)
CS 113 - GUI and Event-Driven Programming
The Boston Course The Leadership Course
The Simmons Course: Explore (2 credits)  Free elective 
Foreign Language Requirement* Foreign Language Requirement*
Summer: + 2 Free Electives Year Credit total: 38/ Cuml . total: 38
Year 2
Fall Term Spring Term
CS 227 - Computer Networks CS 327 - Cybersecurity
KCA 1 - Scientific Inquiry Learning Community that includes one KCA (8 credits)
CS 232 - Data Structures CS 330 - Programming Languages
CS 321 - Web Centric Programming (LIS 467) CS 343/LIS 486 - Systems Analysis
The Simmons Course: Experience (1 credit) KCA 3 - Aesthetic, Literary and Artistic
Math 210
Summer: + 2 Free Electives Year Credit total: 53/ Cuml . total: 91

Year 3
Fall Term Spring Term
Free elective KCA 2 - Global Cultural; Social and Historical
PHIL 225 - Ethical, Legal & Social Issues CS 333 - Relational Databases (LIS 458) 
Math 118 (QL) The Simmons Course: Excel (1 credit) 
CS 226 Architecture and Organization CS 345 - Operating Systems 
CS 350 - Undergraduate Capstone 1 CS 350 - Undergraduate Capstone 2 
  Year Credit total: 37/ Cuml . total: 128
Begin LIS program: 
Summer Term
LIS 401 - Foundations of Library and Information Science (if offered), else elective**
LIS 407 - Reference/Information Services
LIS 415 - Organization of Knowledge
Year 4
Fall Term Spring Term
LIS 401 - Foundations of Library and Information Science or elective, if 401 taken in summer LIS Capstone
LIS 403 or 404 LIS Elective**
LIS Elective** LIS Elective** 

*KCAs (Key Content Areas), the Foreign language and the Qualitative Literacy (QL) courses are part of the undergraduate general education requirement from a list. Students will also have to frame three courses as an integrative seminar, e.g. CS 333, KCA2 and a Free Elective, integrated as courses to create a social justice campaign. 

**Suggested electives that may vary depending on student's interests.

Customize Your Program
You'll work with a faculty adviser to tailor your program to your interests and career goals.
Internships and Research
Master's level coursework in library science will commence by your senior year and culminate in stimulating yet practical independent studies. Our prime Boston location opens the door to hundreds of prestigious internships.
    • Nanette Veilleux
    • Director of Computer Science and Informatics Program
    • Phone: 617-521-2705
    • Office: P212E
    Bruce Tis
    • Bruce Tis
    • Associate Professor, Computer Science
    • Phone: 617-521-2703
    • Office: P212D
    Gerald Benoit
    • Gerald Benoit
    • Associate Professor.
    • Phone: 617-521-2879
    • Office: P310J
    Michael Leach
    • Amber Stubbs
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2807
    • Office: P212C
    • Rong Tang
    • Director of SLIS PhD Program, Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2880
    • Office: P205A
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