Do you love history? Preserve it for future generations.

Increasingly, archival employers have recognized that archivists require both technical skills and historical knowledge. They seek applicants with master's degrees in both library and information science and history. An understanding of U.S. history and politics is particularly valuable in educational institutions and the government sector.

Our program helps students pursuing archival positions gain the knowledge they need more efficiently through a dual-degree program in history and archives management. You'll master skills in library and information science, archives management, historical methods and research and history. 

Students do internships at Boston institutions such as the Massachusetts State Archives, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the John F. Kennedy Library, the U.S.S. Constitution Museum and Harvard University. You'll also complete a thesis project based on original research.

Learn more about the history and archives management programs and the benefits of this dual degree.

Program Requirements

The Dual Degree program in History and Archives Management consists of a total of 57 credit hours. Students take 9 credit hours of required library and information science courses, 15 credit hours of required core archives courses, and 9 credit hours of electives. In the History department, students complete 8 credit hours of required courses, 12 credit hours of History seminar electives at the 400 level or above and a 4 credit thesis. Only one application is necessary to apply to both programs. Applicants to this dual-degree option must be admitted to both programs.

Full-time students may complete the program in approximately two years. Part-time students must complete the program within six years of enrollment. 

  • The core courses in library and information science
    • LIS 407: Reference/Information Services
    • LIS 415: Information Organization
    • LIS 488: Technology for Information Professionals
  • Five courses in archives management (15 credit hours), including four core courses in archives (LIS 438, LIS 440, LIS 442, and a choice of LIS 456, LIS 476, LIS 441, LIS 433), and one preservation course (either LIS 439 or LIS 448).
  • Three elective courses (9 credit hours) from either archives/preservation or the general LIS curriculum

24 credit hours in the CAS history department:

  • 4 credit hours in Historical Methods and Research (HIST 597)
  • 4 credit hours in Collective Memory (HIST 527) or Public Sites of History (HIST 568)
  • 12 credit hours of history electives at the 400 level or above
  • 4 credit hours of final thesis
  • All dual-degree students must take Archives, History, and Collective Memory or Sites of History. Students may take these classes as either an LIS elective for three credits (LIS 443 or LIS 532I) or a history elective for four credits (HIST 527 or HIST 568).

Graduate History Courses

Please see the online Course Catalog for more information.

    Steve Ortega
    • Stephen Ortega
    • Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in History/Archives Management
    • Phone: 617-521-2251
    • Office: C319E
    Jeannette Allis Bastian
    • Jeannette Bastian
    • Professor and Director of Archives Concentration
    • Phone: 617-521-2808
    • Office: P204G
    Stephen Berry
    • Steve Berry
    • Associate Professor and Department Chair of History
    • Phone: 617-521-2272
    • Office: C319C
    Sarah Leonard
    • Sarah Leonard
    • Associate Professor of History
    • Phone: 617-521-2254
    • Office: C319D
    Zhigang Liu
    • Zhigang Liu
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2238
    • Office: C319B
    Laura Prieto
    • Laura Prieto
    • Professor, History / Women's and Gender Studies
    • Phone: 617-521-2253
    • Office: C319F
    Katherine Wisser
    • Katherine Wisser
    • Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Archives/History Dual Degree Program
    • Phone: 617-521-2887
    • Office: P310F

Since the 1970s, the demand for archivists is expanding as society becomes more aware of the value of preserving our heritage and records. Increasingly, archival employers have recognized that archivists use skills that require both technical training and historical knowledge, and they seek applicants with master's degrees in both library and information science and history.

Archivists collect, appraise, and preserve documents and materials found in manuscripts, moving images and photographs, oral-history recordings, multimedia, government records, and literary correspondence. They work in varied settings, such as public archives, colleges and universities, museums and cultural heritage sites, photographic and film collections, public libraries, foundations, government agencies, and corporations. New jobs have been created in public and private organizations, where archivists establish and maintain proper repositories for larger and more diverse collections of records. Some of these positions have grown out of field placements from archives programs, like the one at Simmons University. Due to its strategic location in historic New England, Simmons offers students access to resources for study and research not found in other parts of the country.

  • Processing Archivist: Arrange archival materials in folders and boxes, and create finding aids that describe the contents of a collection.
  • Reference Archivist: Assist researchers in finding relevant materials.
  • Digital Assets Archivist: Manage the digital holdings of an archive, including digital photographs and computer files. Digitize important collections and maintain online access to these materials.
  • Preservationist: Specialize in protecting archival materials from the damage that can arise from weather, environmental conditions, natural disasters, and age.
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