Wayne State University

Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration at Wayne State University, one of the oldest archival programs in the country, was established both for individuals entering the archival profession and for those with experience in the field.

The certificate program provides a professional education to individuals wishing to identify, preserve, and make historical records accessible for use.

The Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration prepares today's archivists in three distinct areas of solid archival professionalism: theory, professional service and cultural heritage. Today's archivist needs to be well-schooled in traditional theories as well as skilled in digital problem-solving while understanding cultural context and professional demeanor.

Located within an urban university surrounded by numerous cultural institutions and a modern Digital Media Projects Lab, the certificate program is uniquely situated to train archival professionals that are capable of working in any archival environment.

The Archival Administration certificate includes courses that teach students basic archival theory, methods and practice of appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, reference, and the legal and ethical concerns regarding traditional, visual, and electronic records. In addition, there are courses in records management, administration of historical institutions and a required archival practicum. Students are immersed in one hundred years of theory as well as given ample hands-on work to employ preservation techniques, descriptive analysis and community outreach.

The 15 credit Archival Administration certificate includes 9 credit hours of required course work and 6 credit hours of elective course work. Students working concurrently on the MLIS degree and the Certificate in Archival Administration are required to complete an additional six credits beyond the 36 required for the MLIS degree.  For additional information, students are referred to the Degree and Certificate Requirements regulations as stated in the Wayne State University Graduate Bulletin.

Students interested in pursuing only the Archival Administration certificate should review our Certificate policy. Before enrolling in the certificate program, students must meet the program's technology requirements.

Courses

For students who will complete LIS 7710 during Fall 2016 and after must complete the following courses and the certificate eportfolio requirement:

To obtain the Archival Administration Graduate Certificate, students must complete the following required courses:

  • LIS 7710      Archival Administration
  • LIS 7780      Description and Access for Archives
  • LIS 7970      Practicum in Archives
    • Prerequisite LIS 7710 plus 6 credits of AAC electives (final 3 AAC elective credits may be taken concurrently with LIS 7970)

To fulfill the requirements of the Archival Administration Graduate Certificate, students must choose two (minimum) of the following elective courses:

  • LIS 6780      Records Management
  • LIS 7730      Administration of Audio Visual Collections
  • LIS 7740      Archives & Libraries in the Digital World
  • LIS 7750      Introduction to Archival & Library Conservation
  • LIS 7770      Oral History
  • LIS 7885      Administration of Historical Agencies

To fulfill the requirements of the Archival Administration Graduate Certificate, students must complete the certificate eportfolio requirement.  


For students who completed LIS 7710 prior to Fall 2016:

To obtain the Archival Administration Graduate Certificate, students must complete the following required courses:

  • LIS 7710      Archival Administration
  • LIS 7970      Practicum in Archives
    • Prerequisite LIS 7710 plus 9 credits of AAC electives (final 3 AAC elective credits may be taken concurrently with LIS 7685)

To fulfill the requirements of the Archival Administration Graduate Certificate, students must choose three (minimum) of the following elective courses:

  • LIS 6780      Records Management
  • LIS 7730      Administration of Audio Visual Collections
  • LIS 7740      Archives & Libraries in the Digital World
  • LIS 7750      Introduction to Archival & Library Conservation
  • LIS 7770      Oral History
  • LIS 7780      Description and Access for Archives
  • LIS 7885      Administration of Historical Agencies

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