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English and Library and Information, M.A. & M.L.I.S.

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Information and Communications

This three-year dual degree program prepares students for a variety of professional paths, including careers in academia, museums, archives and as subject specialists in academic or public libraries.

Expand your intellectual borders and your career opportunities. Along with the rigorous curriculum of the nationally ranked School of Information, the English department offers innovative courses based on theoretical developments in literature, culture, rhetoric and composition.

Program Highlights

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    Top-ranked Program

    Earn an ALA-accredited MLIS degree from the School of Information, which consistently ranks among the top 20 programs nationally.

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    Flexible Courses

    Select courses that are specific to your areas of interest to make the degree your own – with some courses taught online.

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    Best of Both Worlds

    Enjoy a program providing hands-on experience and intellectual discourse for students interested in humanities, writing and research.

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    Career Opportunities

    Enter any number of specialized fields or go further in your education by pursuing a Ph.D. in either library science or English.

What You’ll Study

Popular courses include Social Justice Storytelling and Advocacy as well as History and Utopia. Reading knowledge of one foreign language may be required, and the program culminates in a portfolio and thesis. Students can work with the SC Center for Community Literacy or travel to schools with Cocky as part of his Reading Express initiative.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

  • Database Management

    Organizing and maintaining data in a computer system, including storage, retrieval and security

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Public Librarian
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Writer
  • College Instructor
  • Reference Librarian
  • Archivist

Workplace Settings

  • Museums
  • Archives
  • Academic Libraries
  • Special Collections
  • Communications
  • Government Agencies

I love the English program, having earned a B.A. here, and I jumped at the chance to come back and further my studies. The faculty has been truly invested in my development as a scholar and instructor, and I've been able to grow so much.

Megan Knight

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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