MALS Archival Studies Concentration

The concentration in archival studies within the MALS program offers students a cross-disciplinary program of study consistent with recommendations of the Society of American Archivists. Students take core courses in liberal studies, as well as core courses in archival studies. Electives come from three categories: library science, management, and a subject field. A practicum at a local repository is an elective option.

Career Benefits

The MALS concentration in archival studies provides the necessary knowledge and skills for persons planning careers in archival settings, such as in

  • Government agencies
  • Historical societies
  • Corporations
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Museums
  • Religious institutions, and
  • Universities

With this concentration, students also can develop a career in private, public, and digital librarianship.

Program of Study

The program of study consists of MALS core courses, archival studies concentration courses, and MALS guided electives.

MALS CORE (10 credits)
COURSE   CREDIT
MALS 5000 Foundations in Liberal Studies 1
MALS 5100 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study 3
MALS 5200 Seminar in Liberal Studies OR In lieu of 5200, MEDA 5850 Organizing and Managing Content on the Internet
3
MALS 5400 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Research 3
  Total MALS Core Credits 10
ARCHIVAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION (15 credits)
AVST 5310 Archives History, Theory, and Current Issues 3
AVST 5311 Archives Principles and Practices 3
AVST 5312 Archives Conservation 3
AVST 5320 Principles and Practices of Records Management 3
AVST 5570 Archives Practicum 3
  Total Archival Studies Concentration Credits 15
GUIDED ELECTIVES ARCHIVES, CORE KNOWLEDGE (6 credits)
  Choose two  of the courses listed below:  
MCOM 5030 Media and the First Amendment 3

MGMT 5010

OR

PMGT 5100

Essentials of Management OR

 

Introduction to Public Administration

3
SPCH 5357 Organizational Communication 3
PMGT 5160 Public Budget and Finance 3
GUIDED ELECTIVES, COMPLEMENTARY KNOWLEDGE - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (6 credits)
  Choose two of the courses listed below:  

MEDA 5520 

OR

MEDA 5000

Essentials of Multi-Media OR

 

History and Philosophy of Educational Technology

3
MEDA 5530 Computer-based Authoring Systems (prerequisite:  MEDA 5520) 3
CSCI 5317 Interned and Computer Law 3
CSCI 5927 Human-Computer INteraction (must meet course prerequisites) 3
CSCI 5460 Network & Information Security (must meet course prerequisites) 3
GUIDED ELECTIVES, COMPLEMENTARY KNOWLEDGE - ALLIED PROFESSIONS (3 credits) 
  Choose one of the courses listed below:  
ELPA 6563 Adult Learner 3
ELPA 6955 Grant & Proposal Development 3
PMGT 5300 Not for Profit Resources Development 3
MEDA 5720 Organization of Library Materials 3
APST 5690 Documenting Community Traditions 3
ELECTIVE, COMPLEMENTARY KNOWLEDGE - ALLIED PROFESSIONS (3 credits)
  One three-credit course approved by the MALS director.  
THESIS/NON - THESIS OPTION (3 credits)

MALS 5950

MALS 5960

Project Research

Thesis Research

3
  Total Credits for Archival Studies Concentration 46

For additional information contact the MALS Program Director, Dr. Marie Tedesco, at or (423) 439-4223.