The Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies is designed to give students a solid grounding in the core knowledge of the archives and records management profession. The curriculum is structured around the guidelines for graduate programs set by the Society of American Archivists, ensuring that students will be competitive for jobs in a range of institutions possessing archival collections.
For graduate students in other degree programs, the Certificate will provide an opportunity to learn more about archival practices as they affect the composition and meaning of cultural artifacts and the historical record. In addition, the program will offer advanced continuing education opportunities to practitioners working in libraries and archives, especially on the challenges posed by the emerging of digital recordkeeping.
This program is built around the official guidelines of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) for graduate archival studies programs, which call for a minimum of 18 credits as a foundation for archives and records management professionals. Upon graduation, students will have a thorough grounding in the core knowledge of the profession, focusing on the nature of records and the basic archival functions of records appraisal, acquisition, arrangement, description, preservation, reference, access, outreach, and archives administration. Students will also gain essential contextual knowledge of the organizational, legal, and cultural factors shaping archival records as they are created and managed over time.
The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation requires a more information-savvy workforce that understands not only the how, what, where, when, and why of technology and data but how to apply that knowledge. At the University of Arizona’s School of Information, we have faculty and students engaged in research and education around all aspects of the information sciences without regard for disciplinary boundaries. We do research in: artificial intelligence; data management and curation; computer vision; computer-mediated communication and learning; natural language processing; social networking; human computer interfaces; dark networks; computational art creation; eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth; computational music; library sciences; educational and entertainment technologies; and much more.
We are preparing our graduates to be the doers, thinkers, solvers, and game-changers, not only of the problems and opportunities we see now, but also of the myriad scenarios we can’t yet imagine but are sure to arise during our students’ lifetimes.
The School of Information applies the same minimum criteria as it does for the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science.
All students are required to complete certificate coursework within 3 years.
A Graduate College admission application and $85 fee payable via credit card if applying only to Archival Studies graduate certificate. The following material is requried:
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No standarized tests required.
Financial Aid Opportunities are available for students completing a certificate program through UA Online. Please see the program webpage here and contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OFSA) for more information.
There are funding opportunities available through the School of Information, if completing both a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science and a certificate program. Please see the School of Information Financial Aid webpage for information and deadlines to apply.
Domestic and International Applicants:
The certificate is 18 credit hours. Twelve (12) credits are required courses and 6 credits are selected from approved electives. Please see these below.
Required Courses [12 credits]:
LIS 504: Foundations of Library and Information Services (3 units)
LIS 540: Introduction to Archives (3 units)
LIS 640: Advanced Archives (3 units)
LIS 671: Introduction to Digital Collections (3 units)
Elective Courses [6 credits]:
LIS 530: Cataloging and Metadata Management (3 units)
LIS 557: Documenting Diverse Cultures and Communities (3 units)
LIS 570: Database Management and Development (3 units)
LIS 584: Introduction to Copyright (3 units)
LIS 672: Introduction to Applied Technology (3 units)
LIS 673: Managing the Digital Information Environment (3 units)
LIS 674: Preserving Digital Collections (3 units)
LIS 675: Advanced Digital Collections (3 units)
LIS 693: Internship (3 units)
LIS 699: Independent Study (3 units)
No minor requirements for this program.