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    University of North Texas
    Dec 01, 2023  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Library and Information Sciences

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Main Office
Discovery Park, Room E292

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311068
Denton, TX 76203-5017
940-565-2445 or 877-ASK-SLIS
Fax: 940-565-3101
TDD access: 800-735-2989

Web site:

Suliman Hawamdeh, Chair



The Department of Library and Information Sciences prepares graduates for significant roles in the information age. The department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Science, the post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Study, the Doctor of Philosophy and graduate-level certification in school librarianship.

The bachelor’s degree, emphasizing general educational preparation, represents a first step in preparing students for careers as information professionals. By combining a major in information science with an area of special interest in the context of new information technologies, students may be qualified for a variety of positions in information centers, bibliographic utilities and networks, information industry companies, and specialized publishing, abstracting and indexing services.

Students intent upon careers as information professionals should be prepared to undertake an additional year of study to earn the master’s degree. The master’s degree is recognized as the basic professional degree and is normally required for professional positions and continuing advancement in the field. The master’s degree may be completed on a part-time basis, during which students may be employed in paraprofessional or other positions.

Academic Advising

Advising on courses, programs and related questions is available through the department office, Discovery Park, Room C232; 940-565-2445; All students must contact the department for advising clearance before registering for classes. All students should have an approved degree audit on file as early as possible, but not later than the beginning of the final 60 hours of courses. Calls and visits by prospective students also are welcomed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Programs of Study

The department offers an undergraduate program in the following area:

Students interested in a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with an occupational specialization in either legal information management or health information management should see the College of Public Affairs and Community Service  section in this catalog. For graduate study, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Study

The department offers graduate programs in the following areas:

  • Master of Science with majors in information science and library science; and
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in information science.

The Department of Library and Information Sciences offers master’s and doctoral degrees in a number of specialization areas, a school library certification program, a post-master’s certificate of advanced study, and graduate academic certificates. Qualified undergraduate students may be admitted to graduate study during their final undergraduate term/semester to take graduate credit courses not required to complete a bachelor’s degree.

For information on graduate study, consult the Graduate Catalog.

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