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Information Studies

Information Studies

An academic minor where you’ll learn to navigate the increasingly dynamic and participatory information environment, study the information lifecycle, and delve into complex issues regarding information privacy, censorship, ethics, and rights. Information Studies complements any major program of study.


Program Description

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The minor in Information Studies focuses on understanding the complex information environment and the qualities of interactions between people, information, and information technology. Information Studies courses prepare students to understand how information is produced, shared, and preserved. Students are able to navigate the information environment, participate as producers of information, and utilize information technology while recognizing the ethical and legal impact that access to information has on their person and society. Information Studies students develop advanced research skills and information literacy which are in demand in all sectors of the job market as well as graduate and advanced professional programs. The minor complements any major field of study and provides a solid foundation for continuing to graduate, law, and medical school programs. More about Program Description


Investigate the Information Ecosystem

Primary source class

As an Information Studies minor you’ll delve into complex issues such as privacy, censorship, copyright, and the economics of information. Information Studies courses guide students through the information lifecycle, focusing on how information is produced, organized, shared, and preserved. You’ll learn how to navigate the increasingly dynamic and participatory information environment and to use information ethically to participate in knowledge creation. Information Studies students explore ethical issues and legal rights regarding access to information and consider how society and governments impact interactions among people, information, and information technology.


Develop Advanced Research & Information Skills

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Information Studies students develop advanced research skills and information literacies that are in demand in all sectors of the job market. The minor complements any major field of study and provides a solid foundation for continuing to graduate and advanced professional programs. In addition, the Information Studies minor contributes to the development of students’ critical thinking, reading, writing, communication, and technological skills. The Information Studies minor allows students to explore different areas within the interdisciplinary field of Information Science and to adapt the minor to their major course of study and career goals.


Learn by Doing

A primmary source class

The Information Studies minor is taught primarily by library faculty at the Mason Library. The Mason Library provides the perfect venue for students to engage in hands-on learning, whether in the college archives and special collections, using collaborative computer work stations, or through cooperative arrangements with local information organizations. Library faculty are dedicated to learning by doing and students engage in collaborative projects in every course.


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Jennifer Ditkoff
Associate Professor
Mason Library
603-358-2725