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Academic Plan

Small classes are a distinguishing feature of the urban library program

The urban library services certificate is composed of six two-credit courses. The program runs 10 months, from September to June. Classes meet at St. Catherine University and at the Saint Paul Public libraries during late afternoons and weekends.

As part of the four courses that focus on libraries and library services, students complete a six-hour per week work rotation in the library systems. The other two courses expose students to a second language. Language instruction is currently available in Spanish, American Sign Language, Hmong and English as a Second Language. The courses occur in sequence.

Core Courses

  • LIS 1000: Foundations of Library Service: The Urban Lens
  • LIS 1100: Technical Services in Public Libraries
  • LIS 1200: Communication and Public Services
  • LIS 1300: The Urban Library: Community Lens

Language Classes

American Sign Language

  • ASL 1050: American Sign Language for Library Paraprofessionals I
  • ASL 1060: American Sign Language for Library Paraprofessionals II

Hmong

  • LIS 1050: Hmong for Library Paraprofessionals I
  • LIS 1060: Hmong for Library Paraprofessionals II

English as a Second Language

  • ENGL 1050: English as a Second Language for Library Paraprofessionals
  • ENGL 1060: English as a Second Language for Library Paraprofessionals II

Spanish

  • SPAN 1050 Spanish for Library Paraprofessionals I
  • SPAN 1060 Spanish for Library Paraprofessionals II

* Denotes course fulfills liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.