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 13 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.

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 TermSpring Term
CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Science (LIS 531J)CS 113 - GUI and Event-Driven Programming
The Boston CourseThe Leadership Course
The Simmons Course - Explore (2 credits) CS 110 - Foundations of Information Technology 
Foreign Language Requirement*Foreign Language Requirement*
Summer: + 2 Free ElectivesYear Credit total: 38/ Cuml . total: 38

Year 2

Fall TermSpring Term
CS 227 - Computer NetworksCS 327 - Cybersecurity
KCA 2 - Global Cultural (GC)Learning Community that includes one KCA (8 credits)
CS 232 - Data StructuresCS 330 - Programming Languages
CS 321 - Web Centric Programming (LIS 467)CS 333 - Relational Databases
The Simmons Course - Experience (1 credit)KCA 3 - Social and Historical (SH)
Math 210 
Summer: + 2 Free ElectivesYear Credit total: 53/ Cuml . total: 91

Year 3

Fall TermSpring Term
Free electiveKCA 4 – Aesthetic, literary, and artistic (ALA)
Free electiveFree elective
Math 118 (QL)The Simmons Course - Excel (1 credit) 
CS 226 - Architecture and OrganizationCS 345 - Operating Systems 
CS 350 - Undergraduate Capstone 1CS 350 - Undergraduate Capstone 2 
 Year Credit total: 37/ Cuml . total: 128

Begin LIS program: 

Summer Term
LIS 401 - Foundations of Library and Information Science (recommended) or elective**
LIS 407 - Reference/Information Services
LIS 415 - Organization of Knowledge

Year 4

Fall TermSpring Term
LIS Elective**LIS Elective**
LIS Elective**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.

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 visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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