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Undergraduate Minor in Information Sciences

Undergraduate Minor in Information Sciences

The Information Sciences Minor (known as the Information Studies and Technology minor prior to 2019) will teach you about the impact of information and information technology on society, individuals and organizations. You will acquire information and technology literacy skills enabling you to know how and where to find information, how to use it strategically, and how to design information containers and access systems in a variety of settings. You will also learn how policies governing access and control of information resources are set and how policy affects organizations, individuals and society.

The Minor in IS complements majors in all fields, including liberal arts and sciences, engineering, applied life sciences, commerce, business administration, the humanities, education and human ecology.

Requirements for the Information Sciences Minor

The Minor requires 18 hours of coursework, including:

  • Those following catalogs before 2019-2020:
    • CCI 150: Communication in an Information Age
    • INSC 102: Technologies for Information Retrieval
    • INSC 310: Information Seeking: Resources and Strategies
    • Nine (9) Hours of Additional Information Sciences (INSC) Courses
      • Any 3 INSC courses can be counted towards the 18 credit hour requirement of the IS Minor.
  • Those following 2019-2020 and beyond catalog:
    • INSC 201: Foundations of Information Science
    • INSC 210: Foundations of Information Technology
    • INCS 311: User Centered Design
    • Nine (9) Hours of Additional Information Sciences (INSC) Courses
      • Any 3 INSC courses can be counted towards the 18 credit hour requirement of the Information Sciences Minor.
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Declaring for the Minor in Information Sciences

Students should declare their intent to complete the IS&T Minor as early as possible by contacting us at, and completing a student IS&T Minor Planning Form. You must declare your intent to complete the Minor when you submit the application for a degree, if you wish the Minor to be listed on your transcript.

IS Minor Planning Form


Online Course Delivery

Information Science courses are offered in three major ways: (1) On-campus, which is the traditional method of face-to-face course delivery (2) Synchronous online, which consist of students and instructors attending classes in real-time, with each student needing to be online at a particular time to participate; and (3) Asynchronous online, which consists of students working on their own time to complete their work during timeframes designated by the instructor.