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Undergraduate Minor

There are two undergraduate minors in library media:

School Library Media Minor

The school library media minor is a valuable addition to any education degree. To be a library media specialist in a Wisconsin public school, an individual must have both the 902 with stipulations license as well as be eligible for a teaching license in another area. A student can simultaneously work on both licenses as an undergraduate. The following courses are required for the school library media minor.

Course number

Course title (24 credits plus two practicum)

Semesters offered

LIBMEDIA 350 Finding and Using Information Fall
LIBMEDIA 434 Digital Tools for Learning Fall
LIBMEDIA 451  Organizing Information Fall
LIBMEDIA 454 Library Administration Spring
LIBMEDIA 440 Information Literacy Spring
ELEMMID 362 Children's Literature Fall / Spring
LIBMEDIA 343OR ENGLISH 310 Adolescent Literature & Related Media Fall / Spring
Required for licensure but not part of minor: Supervised Practicum (6 credits)
LIBMEDIA 793e  
LIBMEDIA 793s 
Elementary Practicum AND  
Secondary Practicum 
Fall/Spring  
Fall/Spring 

You can begin taking undergraduate library media courses near the beginning of your undergraduate career at UW-Whitewater, although it is advisable to start after you have started taking education courses such as the Foundations block. This will give you some background in teaching and learning that will benefit you in the library media coursework. Library media courses are at the 300 and 400 level which assume junior and senior level work. Meet with your undergraduate advisor to set up a program of study that will fit your eight library media courses and two practicum experiences into your program. Download an print the program requirements to track your progress.

To add licensure as  school librarian at the 902 with stipulations level, you must also do two 100-hour practicum experiences which are offered only at the graduate level.  These are done after your student teaching and after taking all your library coursework, either before or after you graduate. To take the practicum at the graduate level while still an undergraduate, you need a written letter of permission from your department chairperson and an application as a non-candidate for degree with the Graduate School.

Library Science Minor

The library science minor can be taken by students in a wide range of majors who are interested in becoming public librarians in small libraries, who want a background in resources and research, or who plan to earn a master's degree in library science. Library science minors may take the library media courses at any time during their college careers.

To become certified as a public librarian, class 2 or 3, you must do a 150 hour public library practicum. Prerequisites for the practicum are LIBMEDIA 350, 451, and 454, but it is recommended that all library courses be finished before the practicum.  School library minors may choose to also add this certification with the additional practicum experience.  This qualifies you to be a library director in a town under 6000 residents.  If you plan to be a director in a larger public library, you will need to go on to earn a graduate degree in library science.

Course number

Course title (24 credits plus one practicum)

Semesters offered

LIBMEDIA 350 Finding and Using Information Fall
LIBMEDIA 434 Digital Tools for Learning Fall
LIBMEDIA 451  Organizing Information Fall
LIBMEDIA 454 Library Administration Spring
LIBMEDIA 440 Information Literacy Spring
ELEMMID 362 Children's Literature  Fall / Spring
LIBMEDIA 343 OR ENGLISH 310 Adolescent Literature & Related Media Fall / Spring
EDFNDPRC 411 Public Library Administration Practicum Fall/Spring