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
COURSE   CREDIT
MALS 5000 Foundations in Liberal Studies 1
MALS 5100 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study 3
MALS 5400 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Research 3
  In lieu of MALS 5200, choose one of the following:  
MEDA 5800

OR

CSCI 5067

Information Networks-Resource Sharing

OR

Networking Essentials

3

 

  Choose one of the following:  

MALS 5950

OR

MALS 5960

Project Research

OR

Thesis

3
  Total MALS Core Credits 13
ARCHIVAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION
AVST 5310 Archival History and Issues 3
AVST 5311 Archives Theory and Practice 3
AVST 5312 Archives Conservation 3
AVST 5320 Principles and Practices of Records Management 3
  Total Archival Studies Concentration Credits 12
MALS GUIDED ELECTIVES
Library Science  
  Choose one of the following:  

MEDA 5000

OR

MEDA 5720

History and Philosophy of Educational Media and Educational Technology

OR

Organization of Library Materials

3
Management  
  Choose one of the following:  

MGMT 5010

OR

PMGT 5100

Essentials of Management OR 3
Introduction to Public Administration

Information Science and  Data Management

 
  Choose two of the following:  
CSCI 5011 Internet Technology I 6
CSCI 5012 Internet Technology II
CSCI 5217 Ethical Issues in Computing
MEDA 5850 Organizing and Managing Content on the Internet
CSCI 5317 Internet and Computer Law
Subject Field Electives    
  Students will choose two courses from the disciplines

OR

One disciplinary course and AVST 5570: Archives Practicum

6
  Total MALS Guided Electives Credits 18
  Total Credits for Archival Studies Concentration 43

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