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
The B.A. degree extends the idea of a liberal arts education: we live in the Information Age, and a well-educated citizen must understand it. Students studying Information Science and Arts focus on multidisciplinary topics in information organization, management, and use amid massive digital shifts in contemporary society. Potential jobs can in this field of study can include: Database Administrator, Public Information Officer, Web Developer, Human Resources Specialist, and Information System Manager.
The B.A. program requires less mathematics and fewer technical courses than the B.S. program; however, it does require a minor, encouraging the B.A. student 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, engineering or science.
The B.A. in Information Science and Arts consists of courses organized into three tiers:
- Foundations: dealing with enormous quantities of data, computer programming, digital ethics, statistics, and the fundamental ideas in information science.
- Techniques that serve multiple fields: sequence analysis (e.g., in biology, business, computational music, computational linguistics, etc.); and information retrieval (e.g., in digital libraries, search engines, bioinformatics, cosmology, etc.).
- Advanced and specialized techniques: Customized course selection based on student focus. For example, students with a particular interest in neurology or computer music might take a course on stochastic processes to deepen their understanding from a previous sequence analysis course.
Course requirements B.A. in Information Science and Arts can be found in the file attachment below.