The School of Information offers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Information Science and Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Information and eSociety, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology. Each degree provides students with the broad knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively and flexibly as part of an information-based workforce. While students in the B.S. and B.A. programs study a wide range of topics relating to the ways in which information is obtained, stored, organized, processed, and understood, they differ in their focus.
B.A. in Information Science and Arts
Students pursuing the B.A. in Information Science and Arts take courses in creative coding, human-computer interaction, virtual reality, user experience, interactive art, sound technology, multimedia design, and game development. Lasers and 3D printers allow students and faculty to make just about anything in a new rapid prototyping lab built to support this curricular program. Jobs in this area are those requiring interdisciplinary and out-of-the-box thinking, primarily in fields that work with computational data tied to humans interacting with computers.
Potential jobs can in this field of study can include: Data Analyst, Database Administrator, Public Information Officer, Web Designer, Human Resources Specialist, Information System Manager, and Digital Marketing Director.
The B.A. program requires fewer mathematics and fewer technical courses than the B.S. program; additionally, the degree places greater emphasis than the B.S. on Computational Arts coursework.
B.A. students are required to have a minor and encouraged to specialize in one area where information science, information technology, or information arts makes an impact. Examples of a B.A. minor: studio arts, music, theater, dance; or in any area of the humanities, science, or business and marketing.
The B.A. in Information Science and Arts consists of courses organized into three tiers:
Core coursework: dealing with enormous quantities of data, computer programming, digital ethics, statistics, and the fundamental ideas in information science.
Research Methods, Data Analysis, Intensive Computing, and Society: Coursework includes classes in qualitative Internet research, quantitative methods for the digital marketplace, as well as options to take coursework in Game Design and Development and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Advanced and specialized techniques in Computational Arts: Customized course selection based on student focus. Coursework can include Computing and the Arts, Creative Coding, Designing Installations, and Digital Storytelling, as well as a required Individual Studies Component and Senior Capstone (ISTA 498) course.