Interdisciplinary Studies

Master in Humanities Computing/Master in Library & Information Studies (MA/MLIS)

The Office of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a 3-Year MA/MLIS program which gives you a dual degree: a Masters of Arts (MA) in Humanities Computing and a  Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the School of Library and Information Sciences.

Program Requirements

Students who are completing the MA/MLIS Combined Degree must also take required courses from the School of Library & Information Studies. In addition to the four required courses and two optional courses in Humanities Computing, students in the combined MA/MLIS program must also take: LIS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505 and 506 along with three optional LIS courses.  Combined students must take LIS 501 (Foundations of Library and Information Studies), HUCO 500 (Survey of Humanities Computing) and HUCO 520 (Tech. Concepts and Approaches) in their first semester as prerequisites for the rest of their program.

Ethics Training Requirement

Ethics and academic integrity training is mandatory for all graduate students who started their program on or after September 1, 2004.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires that each student complete the equivalent of at least eight (8) hours of structured academic activity to fulfill this requirement.

HUCO/MLIS students will:

  1. Complete the online Graduate Ethics Training (GET) course offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (equivalent to five hours of training). The course is available on the FGSR website
  2. Attend at least and additional three hours of training on academic integrity, research ethics, and/or digital ethics via sessions and/or seminars offered by individual departments or FGSR.

N.B. Some courses offered by FGSR as part of the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program can be used to fulfill requirement #2. Such courses will be publicized on the HUCO listserv and will be listed here. Students are also invited to find courses or sessions which they feel can fulfill this requirement. Any course or session you wish to use for this purpose must be approved by the graduate co-ordinator.

Supervisory Committees

Students are responsible for establishing their own supervisory committees. Normally, this means circulating an informal proposal outlining the key ideas for the thesis, and having conversations with various faculty members. Once a student has decided on the right fit, they then invite faculty member(s) to serve on their committee. Occasionally a faculty member may be over-committed and may need to refuse a request, so students consider alternatives as they weigh their options.

Combined HUC/SLIS students are required to have a supervisory committee in place by April 30th of their second year. Combined students have co-supervisors: one HUCO affiliated faculty member (regular or adjunct) and one SLIS faculty member, along with a first reader. When the student is ready to defend, a second reader is brought on to the committee to serve as an arm's length examiner.

The Supervisory Committee Approval Form for combined HUCO/SLIS students is not yet available.

Thesis Proposal

Thesis proposals are 10-15 page documents. The supervisory committee, in consultation with the student, establishes the requirements for the proposal, but it will normally include at least the following sections:

  1. research overview (including research questions or central argument);
  2. literature review / theoretical framework;
  3. methodology;
  4. proposed timeline;
  5. appendices as necessary (e.g., survey questions).

The thesis proposal must be formally approved by the supervisory committee by Sep 30 of the student’s second year. Please complete and file the Approval of Thesis Proposal Form in the OIS Office by that deadline.