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French/Library and Information Science, Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science

Languages and Literatures


For highly-motivated students, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) program in French and Library and Information Science. The program allows you to complete your undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study, with internships available at the graduate level.

The combination of the two degrees will prepare you for a career managing a library, information center, or information system with a global perspective. Your knowledge of the French culture and language will make you uniquely employable as a librarian or information specialist once you graduate with your master’s degree.

Department Contacts

James Vorbach, Ph.D.
Director of Library and Information Science
St. Augustine Hall, Room 408B
[email protected]

Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D.
Chair, Languages and Literatures
[email protected]

Annalisa Saccà, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair, Languages and Literatures
[email protected]

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Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this combined degree program.

Current St. John’s University undergraduates interested in applying to a combined degree program or pathway should consult the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies and their undergraduate academic Dean.


While in your fourth year of undergraduate study, you will complete the following graduate Library and Information Science required courses:

  • LIS 203 Information Organization
  • LIS 204 Introduction to Library and Information Science
  • LIS 205 Information Sources and Services
  • LIS 239 Research and Evaluation Methods

Once you graduate with your B.A., you will complete LIS 240 (Management of Libraries and Information Centers) and 21 graduate elective credits in Library and Information Science to earn the M.S.

Career Outcomes

The rapid transformation fueled by technological innovation and ever-evolving societal expectations for information are creating new opportunities for information professionals. The combination of the bachelor and master’s degrees in French and Library and Information Science offers job opportunities from two complementary disciplines. The program prepares you for emerging job opportunities in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings:

  • Archives, museums, and record centers
  • Corporate, business, and legal organizations
  • Government and non-governmental (NGO) institutions
  • Health, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific institutions
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Public libraries

In addition to the job opportunities available to a Library and Information Science graduate, your knowledge of French culture and language will uniquely position you as an information professional in special information organizations, such as those focusing on French collections, museums, archives, and media. 

In our commitment to prepare you for the evolving workforce, this dual degree program will develop your expertise in some of the most sought-after job skills involving collaboration, communication, knowledge management, advocacy, research, and project management.

While enrolled in the program, you’ll be able to gain real-world experience through an internship, which most employers look for on an applicant’s resume. St. John’s maintains relationships with host sites throughout New York City and beyond to help you find an internship placement that suits your unique interests and career goals.

To help you start your career and succeed, we offer resume, cover letter, and interview workshops through Career Services. Our department also notifies current students and alumni regularly of internship and job opportunities in the field through our blog.