The School of Library and Information Science requires that students be computer, network, and information literate and be familiar with basic operations that will be used throughout the students' course work. This knowledge is prerequisite to many courses in the SLIS curriculum and will form the basis for further learning and skill development throughout the students' academic and professional careers. To acquire this base, each student must complete, or apply and receive a waiver for, the SLIS course L401 Computer-Based Information Tools. Normally, the course should be completed during the first semester of enrollment. This 3 credit undergraduate level course is a prerequisite for many courses in the SLIS curriculum, although it does not count toward the credit hours required for a SLIS graduate degree.
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Although language skills are recognized as significant and in some cases essential in the information professions, and although such courses may be taken through the university, credit earned for such courses may not be applied toward the M.L.S. or M.I.S. degree.
Exceptions to degree requirements must be approved in writing by the student's faculty advisor and by the SLIS Administrative Office. Approval forms for course waivers, transfer credit, etc. are available in the SLIS office. Most forms are also available on our Web site. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that written approval for any program exception is submitted to the SLIS Administrative Office for placement in the student's academic file.