Information studies is an academic minor where students learn to understand the complex information environment and the qualities of interactions between people, information, and information technology. As an information studies minor, you’ll delve into complex issues such as privacy, censorship, copyright, and the economics of information. Information studies courses can prepare you to understand how information is produced, shared, and preserved.
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.
The information studies minor allows students to explore different areas and to adapt the minor to their major course of study and career goals.
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The information studies minor complements any major field of study and provides a solid foundation for continuing to medical, law and graduate school programs.
Students who complete an information studies minor 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 society and themselves. They 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.
In addition, the Information Studies minor contributes to the development of students’ critical thinking, reading, writing, communication, and technological skills.