Chicago State University (CSU) has deep historical roots in higher education. Founded in 1867 in Blue Island as an experimental teacher training school, CSU is the second oldest public university in Illinois. From its beginnings in a leaky railroad boxcar, CSU has transformed with the City of Chicago and surrounding areas. For over 150 years, changes have reflected an ongoing commitment to academic excellence and community service. Today, CSU is located on a picturesque urban campus of 161 wooded acres on Chicago’s south side. CSU currently serves a diverse blend of predominantly African American and Latinx students. It has evolved from a teacher training institution to a comprehensive university with modern facilities.
The CSU College of Education offers quality programs to prepare educational professionals. The College recognizes the importance of diverse populations who are intellectually and ethically informed with skills and knowledge to be capable leaders and creative thinkers. CSU began offering training for librarians in 1947. Today, the Department of Information Studies prepares future librarians, archivists, and other information professionals to work in a variety of settings.
On June 23, 2019, the American Library Association granted a certificate of accreditation for the CSU Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree program. Accreditation is achieved through a review process conducted by an external review panel of practitioners and academics to verify the program meets the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. Upon receiving this exciting news, CSU President Z. Scott, Esq. stated, “Our success is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our faculty, students, and staff in the College of Education.”
Library and Information Science students specialize in school libraries, including licensure and endorsement; archives and records management; academic libraries; or public libraries. Other information studies options focusing on humanistic, scientific, and technological approaches to inquiry are also available. Programs may be completed online.
For additional information, please visit: https://www.csu.edu/collegeofeducation/infomediastudies