Chicago State University

Archives and Records Management (ARM) Specialization of the M.S. L.I.S. Degree Program

 Completing the Master of Science in Library and Information Science program with an Archives and Records Management (ARM) specialization will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of settings including: archives, libraries, special collections, government agencies, and private corporations. The program examines theoretical principles in archival studies and emphasizes practical training in administrative work. Students who specialize in archival studies will learn to use updated technologies to organize, preserve, and provide access to the growing data assets. The competencies developed in the program will enable ARM students to develop and administer an information service in a multicultural and technological society.

The field experience (LIS 5970 Field Practicum) is integral to the successful completion of the Archives and Records Management specialization.  Students must complete a field experience with a focus on archives. A total of 3 credit hours of fieldwork are required. Fieldwork is generally completed later in a student’s program.

Chicago State University's Library and Information Science program has been granted candidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Candidacy status is an indication that the Department of Information Studies' Library and Information Science program has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Candidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.


Course Sequence


MSLIS Required Courses (15 credit hours)

LIS 5050 Foundation of Information Professions

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5070 Introduction to Reference Services

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5060  Organization of Information

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5090 Research Methods in LIS

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5080 Information Technologies for Libraries and Information Agencies

3 cred. hrs.

ARM Specialization Courses (6 credit hours)

LIS 5200 Archives and Records Administration

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5970 Field Practicum

3 cred. hrs.

ARM Elective Courses

Students must take at least 4 of the following courses (12 credit hours); two electives may be taken outside the department

LIS 5210 Description and Arrangement in Archives

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5250 Biblio-Forensics

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5570 Digitization and Digital Repositories

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5220 Electronic Records Management

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5240 Curatorship of Historical Collections

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5270 History of Archives, Libraries and Museums

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5260 History of Recorded Information and Technologies

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5300 Academic Library

3 cred. hrs.

LIS 5390 Management and Organization of Libraries

3 cred. hrs.

Other elective approved by advisor

3 cred hrs.

Concluding Courses (4-7 credit hours)

LIS 5980 Thesis/Project

3 - 6 cred. hrs.

LIS 5990 MSLS Capstone Course

1 cred. hr.


Contact Information


Dr. Kimberly Black, Chairperson, Department of Information Studies

9501 South King Drive

Education Building, Room 208

Chicago, IL 60628-1598

Phone: 773.995.2598

Fax: 773.821.2441