Combine your interests in history, curation and information in this degree that prepares students for careers in education, communities, industries, businesses and more.
This program combines respected curriculum, alumni networks and faculty expertise from two colleges at USC. Both the Public History program and the School of Information rank nationally, with this combined program a perfect fit for students seeking specialized skills and career advancement in library and history fields.
Receive a quality education in library science certified by the American Library Association.
Storied History Program
Our Public History program is one of the oldest and best in the country. You’ll benefit from excellent scholarship and faculty support.
USC’s Library and Information School has been ranked in the top 20 of all ALA accredited schools by U.S. News.
Gain research skills and a core foundation of best practices in the profession to stand out to employers.
What You’ll Study
Students complete requirements for both degree programs, but with fewer credit hours than completing each program individually. Courses include Foundational Principles of Library and Information Science, Historical Research Methods and Archival Administration. Complete an internship and a portfolio of research and a thesis.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change
Organizing and maintaining data in a computer system, including storage, retrieval and security
Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- Reference Librarian
- Database Manager
- Historic Sites
- Special Collections
- Public Organizations