Library and Information Science: Cultural Heritage Concentration

Library and Information Science (MS): Cultural Heritage provides a unique concentration which builds upon Simmons' top rated programs in library and information science and archives management.

Make the past your future

Our students are passionate about cultural heritage in all its forms, including rare books, manuscripts, archives, art objects, and all types of digital information. Simmons graduates are at the forefront in making cultural heritage accessible and in preserving it for future generations.

You'll gain a solid foundation in collecting, preserving, and exhibiting cultural heritage in both physical and digital form. You'll apply what you've learned through internships and practical engagement activities in a wide range of cultural heritage institutions.

Our home in historic New England offers resources and research not found in other parts of the country. Our students find successful careers in varied settings, including library special collections, archives, museums, historical societies and a wide range of public and private agencies charged with preserving cultural heritage today.

Library and Information Science Core Courses: 

  • LIS 415: Information Organization 
  • LIS 407: Reference/Information Services 
  • LIS 488: Technology for Information Professionals

Students are required to take LIS 407, LIS 415, and LIS 488 within their first 12 credits.

*School Library Teacher Program and Archives Concentration students should see their respective program pages for specific requirements as they are different than those of other programs.

Four Core Cultural Heritage Courses:

  • LIS 432 Concepts in Cultural Heritage Informatics
  • LIS 438 Introduction to Archival Methods and Services 
  • LIS 439 Preservation Management or 448 Digital Stewardship
  • LIS 477 Digital Asset Management

Five Elective Courses:

Students in the CHI master's concentration may take any five SLIS courses as electives. CHI concentrators work with their faculty advisors to identify courses that match their individual goals. Particular areas of interest to CHI concentrators include courses related to special collections librarianship, visual resources documentation, and digital stewardship.

For more details, see our course descriptions.

Updated per faculty vote, April 2016.

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