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

In our accelerated 3+1 program you'll earn your BS in Information Technology in three years, followed by a fourth year of study to complete your MS in Library and Information Science

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Technology moves quickly — so get a head start on your career!

Through our accelerated 3+1 program, you’ll apply your knowledge of information technology to the field of library and information science and complete your undergraduate and graduate work in only four years.

You'll be set you up for success with a firm foundation in computing, data models and structure, and the legal and ethical uses of computer technologies. Working closely with expert faculty, you’ll complete your BS in Information Technology in three years, followed by a fourth year of study to complete your MS in Library and Information Science.

Note: this chart represents a sample 3+1 curriculum for Information Technology. 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 110 - Foundations of Information Technology
The Boston CourseThe Leadership Course
The Simmons Course - Explore (2 credits)IT elective (e.g. CS 113)
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
Learning Community that includes one KCA (8 credits)KCA 3 - Social and Historical (SH)
KCA 2 - Global Cultural (GC)MGMT 221 - Project Management
Math 118 - StatisticsFree Elective
The Simmons Course - Experience (1 credit)Free Elective
Summer: + 2 Free ElectivesYear Credit total: 49/ Cuml . total: 87

Year 3

Fall TermSpring Term
MGMT 234 - Organizational BehaviorCS333 - Relational Databases
KCA 4 - Aesthetic, literary, and artistic (ALA)The Simmons Course - Excel (1 credit)
Free electiveFree elective
CS321 - Web-centric ProgrammingCS 343 - Systems Analysis
CS 350 - Undergraduate Capstone 1CS 350 - Undergraduate Capstone 2
 Year Credit total: 41/ 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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