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Information Studies

Minor
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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.

Minor Requirements

20 credits

Take the following three courses:

12 credits

  • IIINFO 110 Information Environment
  • IIINFO 310 Information Policy
  • INFO 490 Advanced Special Topics in Information Studies

Take two courses from the following:

8 credits

  • IIINFO 210 History of Recorded Information
  • IIINFO 320 Participatory Cultures
  • COMM 240 Visual Communication
  • COMM 360 Strategic Digital Communication (if approved)
  • COMM 385 Digital Communication Law & Ethics (if approved)
  • IIWGS 240 Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Pop Culture
  • MGT 335 Strategic Digital Marketing
  • MGT 381 Management Information Systems
  • IHJRN 101 Media and Society
  • IHJRN 267 Issues in the Media
  • CS 101 Introduction to Computer Information Processing
  • ISCS 150 Website Design & Construction
  • ART 264 Web Design
  • IITDS 140 Media Literacy: Seeing and Selling
  • IITDS 150 Technology and Civilization