Computer Science + Library and Information Science (3+1)

As a student in the 3+1 program you'll receive a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science or Information Technology in three years. In the fourth year you'll apply these competencies and earn a Master's of Science degree in Library and Information Science.

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The world of information work is evolving

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.

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. 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.

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is ranked in the country's top 11 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.

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.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

Our Faculty

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Margaret Menzin

  • Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics and Program Director of Mathematics and Statistics
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Amber Stubbs

  • Associate Professor and Division Director, Director of Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics, and Program Director of Computer Science and Informatics
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Aspen Olmsted

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Faculty Program Director of the CompleteDegree Computer Science Program