Undergraduate Minor in Information Studies

New for 2017-18 — If you are graduating in May 2018 or later, you are eligible to apply!

This information studies minor offers students in any major the opportunity to develop work-ready skills in digital literacy and information management.

Are there career opportunities in information studies?

Graduates active in almost every type of professional activity — from engineering to art to community organization — will benefit from the information studies skill set. The minor focuses on the policy, management, security and learning potential of information. The engineer, the artist and the community organizer all need to know how to best use information to achieve maximal success in their future endeavors.

In the true spirit of undergraduate minors, providing knowledge that can support and supplement different majors, the program offers a way for students to master the information skills and knowledge that can best help them in whatever their major is.

The Information Studies minor is appropriate for undergraduate students who are interested in a wide range of careers in any field, in the for-profit, non-profit, or governmental sectors. It is open to all majors.

It is expected that students completing this minor will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the nature and structure of information and its manifestations in many formats, and will apply this understanding to diverse information and research tasks.
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to identify, retrieve, assess, analyze, and disseminate/use information.
  • demonstrate the ability to determine and address the information needs of individuals, organizations and/or communities.
  • apply the principles of information studies in numerous subject domains.

This information studies minor (18 credit hours) is designed to be applicable in any field, or prepare students for graduate studies in information.

Please apply for the Information Studies minor today, as classes fill quickly. Information Studies minor coursework is completed fully online.

Students who completed 3 courses in the minor's curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA can be admitted to the minor program. The minimum retention GPA for this minor program is 2.0. Students achieving a GPA below this minimum will not be allowed to proceed in the program.