Drexel Offers New Accelerated Degree in BS/BA History and MS Library & Information Science

June 9, 2011 — The College of Arts and Sciences and The iSchool at Drexel are now offering an accelerated degree program in History and Library and Information Science (LIS). The program will allow academically-qualified students to complete the B.A. or B.S. in History and the M.S. in LIS concurrently-- graduating earlier than they would in traditional programs.

Students enrolled in either the B.A. or B.S. in History may apply to the M.S. in Library and Information Science after completing 90 credits, but no more than 120 credits. The M.S. in LIS offers concentrations in Archival Studies and Digital Libraries, among others, which complement the history curriculum and expand the career opportunities of history majors.

The Department of History & Politics is located in Drexel's College of Arts & Sciences. The Department offers both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History. The B.S. provides a framework for those students who prefer specific course requirements, including sequences in mathematics and the natural sciences. The B.A. provides a more flexible curriculum that includes foreign language study and allows for electives in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and mathematics.

The iSchool's M.S. in Library and Information Science is ranked among the top 10 library science programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The program was rated 9th in the nation overall, and is in the top two among private colleges and universities. The program’s specialties in Information Systems and Digital Librarianship were ranked three and six respectively. The College also ranked fifth under the Library and Information Studies specialty rankings for Health Librarianship.