Overview of Information Studies

The School of Information Studies (SIS) offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For undergraduates, SIS offers a minor in Digital Studies and several integrated learning core courses.

At the graduate level, SIS awards the Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree and Graduate Certificates in Archival Studies (CARST), Records & Information Management (CRIM), and School Librarianship (CSLIB). Please see the Graduate Programs page for more details on these programs.

Online Graduate Programs

All SIS graduate programs and courses are offered asynchronously online. Students interact with the faculty and other students through online media and submit all assignments and exams electronically. As distance education leader at LSU, SIS began offering online courses in the early 2000s and the first entirely online degree option in 2013. We are proud of the level of student/faculty interaction and the quality of instruction offered. In Fall 2020, SIS began offering select online programs through LSU Online in addition to our traditional online programs. For more details regarding the difference between SIS Online and LSU Online, please visit our online comparison page. 


"The convenience of the online program with the focus of the Archival Studies certificate made this the right adventure at the right time. I have always been a stubborn student, but the varied coursework and support of the teaching staff has allowed me to discover new pathways of thought and depths to explore. So much, in fact, that I am not sure if this is the end of the line for my education."

April Bozada-Armstrong, 2022 MLIS and CARST Graduate

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The School of Information Studies is committed to developing and nurturing an educational and professional environment that is welcoming to and inclusive of diverse, under-represented, oppressed, and vulnerable populations. This commitment extends throughout all aspects of SIS, including recruitment and retention of students, administration, teaching, research, and faculty service. To further this vision, we are committed to creating a culture of transparency, trust, and mutual support among the SIS administration, faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders.

Land Acknowledgement

The School of Information Studies would like to acknowledge the indigenous history of Baton Rouge, and more broadly, Louisiana as part of our responsibility to acknowledge, honor, and affirm indigenous culture, history and experiences. We recognize the communities native to this region including the Caddo Adai Indians of Louisiana, Biloxi Chitimacha Confederation, Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, Choctaw Nation, Coushatta Tribe, Four Winds Cherokee Tribe, Muscogee (Creek), Point au Chien Tribe, Tunica Biloxi Tribe, United Houma Nation, and others whose memories may have been erased by violence, displacement, migration, and settlement. We thank them for their strength and resilience as stewards of this land and are committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual differences, including the indigenous peoples of our region.

For more information on the indigenous peoples of Louisiana, please see the LSU Libraries Lib Guide or one of the following links. To identify the indigenous communities in your local area, please see the Native Land Map.