Courses for a Degree in Library Science

Library science teaches how to manage books and other information, through collecting, preserving, and organizing books and other materials in libraries.

For this major you’ll take lots of library science classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career in library science. 

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in library science: 

Library Science Courses:

  • Foundations of Library and Information Services
  • Research Methods for Library and Information Professionals
  • Principles of Cataloging & Classification
  • Leadership for Diversity in Public Libraries
  • Social Constructs of Information
  • Children’s Library Materials
  • Copyright
  • Curriculum and School Libraries
  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Public Library Administration
  • American Library History
  • Metadata
  • Managing Collections and Access
  • Digital Libraries
  • Teen Library Services
  • Budgeting in Libraries
  • Information Policy
  • Archives
  • Ethics for Library and Information Professionals
  • Human Information Interactions
  • Information Resources and Services
  • Resource Selection and Evaluation
  • Proposal Preparation and Presentation

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology