3+1 = a career on the cutting edge

The world of library and information science is changing - fast. No longer just a home for printed texts, a "library" is any place where creating, storing, and accessing traditional print and emerging digital resources come together.

This evolution is huge, and the vast array of careers it's creating calls for a new breed of highly trained, technologically savvy information professional. The 3+1 Computer Science/Library and Information Science Program will thoroughly prepare you to meet this opportunity.

Pairing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, this sought-after combination will give you a versatile technical background as well as advanced knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of modern librarianship, digital curation, and content management.

You'll earn your computer science degree in three years in an empowering, state-of-the-art environment. Through coursework and hands-on learning, you'll develop your ability to understand computing foundation and theory and to solve real-world problems through the application of technology.

Master's level coursework in library science will commence by your senior year and culminate in stimulating yet practical independent studies. Our Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is ranked in the country's top 10 by U.S.News & World Report. The faculty are recognized leaders in their fields, while our prime Boston location opens the door to hundreds of prestigious internships.

You'll enter this exciting, expanding field with a sophisticated skill set, eminently qualified to connect people to the information they need.

"These degrees are powerful together. As the library field becomes more data-intensive, it needs more professionals to create and manage technical systems. Most of all, the work is fun - people shouldn't forget that!"

- Associate Professor Gerald Benoit, Ph.D., Coordinator of the 3+1 Program at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Who should apply?

The 3+1 Computer Science/Library and Information Science Program is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in becoming information professionals. The Computer Science and Informatics Department will help you gain the computational and mathematical skills needed to succeed. The GSLIS Program will expand these skills with knowledge of specific resources, to interact as a bridge between technology and the public and developing web and emerging information systems.

What are my job prospects?

Very promising. According the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs for librarians outside traditional settings will grow the fastest over the decade. Companies, nonprofit organizations, and consulting firms will turn to librarians because of their research and organizational skills and their knowledge of computer databases and library automation systems. Companies also need professionals to serve as liaisons between technical staff and management; to manage digital assets; and to ensure corporate knowledge is shared. At the same time, there is a national push among high-tech fields to actively recruit more women.

What are my career options?

As the definition of "library" continues to evolve, so do the variety of positions available to graduates with master's degrees in library and information science. Some possibilities include:

How does the curriculum work?

Here's an example of how it will flow from start to finish:

Note: this chart represents a sample 3+1 curriculum. The 3+1 Computer Science/Library Information Science Program requires 32 other 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
FYS 101 - First-Year Seminar: "Simmons 101" CS 113 - GUI and Event-Driven Programming
FYW 101 - First-Year Writing CS 227 - Computer Networks
CS 112 - Introduction to Programming MCC 102 - Multi-Cultural Core Course
CS 226 - Computer Organization and Architecture Foreign Language Requirement
Foreign Language Requirement
Year 2
Fall Term Spring Term
CS 232 - Data Structures & Algorithms CS 345 - Operating Systems
PHI L225 - Ethical, Legal & Social Issues (M6) CS 330/LIS 458 - Relational Databases
MTH 210 - Discrete Mathematics Mode 2
Mode 1* Mode 4
Year 3
Fall Term Spring Term
Mode 5 Independent Study 1
CS 343/LIS 486 - Systems Analysis Independent Study 2
Math 118/LIS 642 - Applied Statistics CS 321/LIS 467 - Web Development and Information Architecture
CS 327 - Security or Elective
Year 4
Fall Term Spring Term
LIS 403 - Evaluation of Information Services LIS 415 - Organization of Knowledge
LIS 404 - Principles of Management LIS 466 - Extensible Markup Language**
LIS 407 - Reference/Information Services LIS 469 - Information Retrieval**
Fall Term Spring Term
LIS 462 - Digital Libraries** LIS 505 - Internship
LIS 593D* - Information Visualization**

*Modes of Inquiry are part of the undergraduate general education requirement from a list.
**Suggested electives

Who will advise me?

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit, Ph.D., of GSLIS and the Computer Science and Informatics Department, and Associate Professor Nanette Veilleux, Ph.D., of the Computer Science and Informatics Department, oversee the 3+1 Computer Science/Library and Information Science Program.

Close mentorship is vital to 3+1 success. You'll work one on one with your advisor throughout the program to ensure your progress and meet your personal and professional goals.

To find out more about the program, contact Professor Benoit at benoit@simmons.edu or Professor Veilleux at nanette.veilleux@simmons.edu.