History BA / Library and Information Sciences MSLIS

Major: History and Library and Information Studies
Degrees Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Science in Library and Information Studies (MSLIS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years); Two Co-op (Five Years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 54.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3093

About the Program

Drexel University permits undergraduate students in 5-year programs to apply for graduate programs while completing their undergraduate programs, allowing students to complete their master's degrees in a shorter amount of time.

This program pairs the undergraduate History major with the school's MS in Library and Information Science in an accelerated time-frame. Students have the opportunity to earn both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. Two diplomas are awarded. For students completing this program, the undergraduate background in history provides a natural fit with areas of library specialization, such as archival studies, records management, and related fields.

Students entering the program must:

  • have and maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average throughout the program
  • have no fewer than 90.0 earned credits
  • have no more than 120.0 registered credits
  • complete only 2 co-ops if in a BA/MS program.

Applicants may be provisionally admitted into the program as incoming freshmen. Participants have the option of choosing either a one or a two co-op history program. The non-co-op option is not available for students choosing this accelerated degree option.

When students have accumulated 90.0 credits, but have not yet registered for 120.0 credits, they can apply to formally enter the graduate program. The student must have at least a 3.2 GPA and must maintain this 3.2 GPA for the graduate portion of the program.

Additional Information

For more information on the undergraduate history portion of the program, contact:

Jonathan Seitz, PhD
Assistant Department Head
Teaching Professor of History

For more information on the graduate portion of the program, contact:

Susan E. Davis
Associate Teaching Professor
College of Computing and Informatics

Sample Plan of Study

Students should work closely with faculty advisers to schedule and maintain a plan of study throughout the accelerated program

Term 1Credits
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
HIST 101Introductory Seminar in History I4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
Foreign language course (103-level or higher)4.0
Non-U.S. History course*4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
HIST 102Introductory Seminar in History II4.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
Foreign language course (201-level or higher)3.0-4.0
Mathematics course3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
U.S History course*4.0
Mathematics course3.0-4.0
Free elective3.0
INFO course**3.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 4
HIST 296Research Methods in History I4.0
History course covering pre-1700 history***4.0
Science elective3.0-4.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Term 5
History of Science, Technology, and Environment course*4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective 3.0
Science elective3.0-4.0
Social and behavioral science elective 3.0
International studies elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 6
Non-U.S. History course*4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
International studies elective3.0
Diversity elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
History electives††8.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
Diversity elective3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History4.0
History elective††4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
HIST 396Research Methods in History II 4.0
HIST T380Special Topics in History4.0
Free elective4.0
INFO 521Information Users and Services3.0
INFO elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I4.0
Free elective4.0
INFO 522Information Access & Resources3.0
INFO elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II4.0
History elective††4.0
INFO 515Introduction to Research in Information Organizations3.0
INFO elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
History Electives††8.0
INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0
INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
INFO elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 13
History elective††4.0
Free electives8.0
INFO electives6.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 14
Free electives8.0
INFO electives9.0
 Term Credits17.0
Total Credit: 225.0-230.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Co-op Experiences

History majors have a wide variety of co-op experiences from which to choose. Business and public utilities offer many possibilities, and local, state, and federal governments; museums and archives; and law firms present many additional interesting co-op placements. Pre-law students, for example, are especially eager to see the inside of a law office, whether the co-op job they receive is clerical or a more challenging paralegal assignment. These practical experiences in the “real” world can reinforce the lessons of the classroom, sharpen skills, and establish important contacts. Sample co-op positions include:

  • Law clerk/paralegal, Joe Davidson, Attorney-at-Law, Philadelphia
  • Research analyst, Legislative Office for Research Liaison, Harrisburg, PA
  • Legislative intern, Corporate Public Affairs Division, Philadelphia Electric Company
  • Assistant lobbyist, Government Relations Office, Drexel University
  • Education intern, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Researcher, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Assistant, Office of the Governor, Harrisburg, PA

Career Opportunities

The flexible programs allow students to shape a curriculum that meets their needs, whether they are preparing for the business world, graduate school in history or political science, the MS in Science, Technology, and Society program, an MBA or other business program, or law school.

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