SLIS Launches New Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies

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The School of Library & Information Science is pleased to announce an entirely online Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies (CARST) program which will begin admitting students for enrollment in the fall semester of 2018. The 15 hour certificate is designed for individuals who already possess or are currently pursuing a graduate degree and wish to pursue an archival career. Students who complete the certificate will be qualified to take the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) Certification Exam for full or provisional certification.

Archivists systematically identify, select, protect, organize, describe, preserve, and make available to users archival materials—that is, society’s records and documents broadly defined, regardless of form or medium. Archivists preserve and transmit our cultural and social heritage, protect the legal rights of individuals and institutions, and aid citizens in holding their governments and other organizations accountable.

The Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies (CARST) is designed to give students a solid grounding in the core knowledge of the archival profession. The curriculum meets the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies (GPAS), ensuring that students will be competitive for jobs in a range of institutions possessing archival collections. Specifically, graduates will meet the following learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of archival theory, practice, methodology, history and scholarship.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and decision-making skills related to all forms of records in the context of business, government, public needs, scientific research, or the protection of cultural heritage.
  • Understand the ethical and legal dimensions of archival work, including professional and social responsibilities for serving diverse groups and the public good.
  • Ability to manage and preserve authentic and trustworthy records, as well as relevant materials, regardless of format.

This is the only archival studies program in Louisiana, outside of the Masters in Library & Information Science (MLIS). Admission to the certificate program requires a previous graduate degree –OR— concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree program. Applicants must also meet the requirements for admission listed for the Master’s of Library & Information Science Program.


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The School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) provides a 100% online education in library and information science. SLIS offers an undergraduate minor and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in library science, an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science, and Graduate Certificates in Archival Studies, Records & Information Management, and School Librarianship. SLIS is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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