Learn about archival practices as they affect the composition and meaning of cultural artifacts and the historical records
About the Certificate
Archival studies programs have become common in the United States in recent decades. In an era of historic change in recordkeeping practices and an increasingly competitive job market, students pursuing careers in archives and records management today need formal credentials based on a rigorous education in the theory and practice of the profession.
The Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies provides a specialization in an area of growing interest within the Library and Information Science field as well as an opportunity to learn more about archival practices as they affect the composition and meaning of cultural artifacts and the historical records. In addition, this certificate program offers advanced continuing education opportunities to practitioners working in libraries and archives, especially on the challenges posed by the emergence of digital recordkeeping.
The program is designed to give you foundational core knowledge of the archives profession. The curriculum is structured around the guidelines for graduate programs set by the Society of American Archivists, ensuring that students have a comprehensive understanding of professional archival standards that may not otherwise be acquired without an archives concentration in their graduate level education.
The archives certificate will acquaint you with the core knowledge of the profession, focusing on the nature of records and the basic archival functions of records appraisal, acquisition, arrangement, description, preservation, reference, access, outreach and archives administration. You will also gain essential contextual knowledge of the sociocultural factors shaping archival records as they are created and managed over time in different communities of practice and localities.
The certificate requires a minimum of 12 to 15 credit hours in total (depending on admissions qualifications), including 9-12 units from required courses, and three units from an elective course. Students completing the certificate only are advised to present a minimum of 18 units of courses consisting of core archival knowledge to meet the Society of American Archivist recommendations for Graduate Programs in Archival Studies.
You can transfer up to 6 credits from other accredited institutions with the approval of the Archival Studies committee.
We also accept the following courses from the Arizona State University Public History Program:
- 502: Public History Methodology
- 598: U.S. Cultural Institutions and Public Practice
Up to 12 units can be shared between the certificate and Master's degree. Up to six credits can be shared between certificates.