What are the Information Sciences?

People. Information. Technology.

The information sciences focus on helping people to discover better information, design and use better technology, and make better decisions to solve problems. Whether those problems are in business, healthcare, education, the arts, or any number of other fields, information professionals are able to grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

i3 welcomes students from all majors and academic disciplines. The information sciences are incredibly diverse and interdisciplinary. With so many different specializations, there’s a home for every student and scholar.

Mapping Your Major to the Information Sciences

Undergraduate MajorGraduate Courses, Specializations, & Research Areas in the Information Sciences
Computer Science
Information Systems
Artificial Intelligence
Big Data Analytics
Database and Web Systems
Homeland Security
Human-Computer Interaction
Information Security & Privacy
Intelligent Networks
Machine Learning
Software Engineering
Systems Analysis
Systems Engineering
Telecommunications & Distributed Systems
Ubiquitous Computing
Actuarial Science
Business Management
Applied Information Economics
Business & Competitive Intelligence
Decision Support Analysis
Digital Communications & New Media
Digital Media Innovation
Enterprise Architecture
Enterprise Risk Management
Healthcare Informatics
Information Industry Strategies
Information Security Management
Information Visualization & Presentation
IT Capital Planning
IT Strategy & Management
Knowledge Management
Organizational Behavior
Project Management
Social Computing
Social Media in the Enterprise
Usability Analysis & Testing
Africana Studies
Art History
English Literature
Philosophy of Science
Archives & Records Management
Academic Libraries
Digital Libraries & Collections
Digital Scholarship
Community Knowledge Practices
Corporate Knowledge Practices
Intellectual Freedom
Information Analysis & Retrieval
Information & Culture
Information Literacy & Education
Organizational Cultures & Diversity
Preservation of Information
Public Libraries
Moving Image Archives
Social Informatics
Special Libraries (Medical, Business, etc.)
Scholarly Communication
Political Science
Public Administration
Urban Studies
Digital Advocacy & Persuasion
Digital Communications & Journalism
Disaster Communication
Educational & Assistive Technologies
Game Design
Globalization, Media, & Social Change
Health Communication
Intellectual Property
Information Literacy, Learning, & Teaching
Information Policy
Information Privacy
Information Security Policies
Information Visualization & Presentation
Interface Design
Learning Theory, Media, & Curriculum
Planning Outreach Services
Social Informatics
Technology Design
Understanding, Designing, and Building Social Media
Usability Analysis & Product Testing
Environmental Studies
Health Management
Public Health
Agriculture Biosecurity
Bioinformatics & Biostatistics
Disaster Communication
Disease Networks
Environmental Informatics & Sustainability
Evolution & Comparative Genomics
Geographic Information Systems
Health Communication
Health Information Management
Medical Informatics
Next-Generation Genomic Sequencing
Neural Networks
Public Health & Outreach Services
Spatial Cognition Telemedicine

Interdisciplinary Research and Studies

Because information is so central to every academic and professional field, the information sciences are incredibly interdisciplinary and diverse. iSchool faculty members often collaborate with colleagues in other schools and colleges for research and teaching purposes, which translates into iSchool students being able to take advantage of a wide variety of classes and projects that build valuable experience.

i3 research projects are diverse and interdisciplinary. Here’s a sampling of some past projects:

  • Information Occupation: Using Information Science to Explore the Occupy Wall Street Social Movement
  • iGo Green: A Life Cycle Assessment of Apple’s iPhone
  • Entering the Boys’ Club: An Analysis of Female Representation in Video Game Culture
  • Social Network Identity: Facebook, Twitter, and Identity Negotiation Theory
  • Tweet for Democracy: Examining the Monitorial Citizen
  • “Our Experiences Are Not Unique”: An Exploratory Study of Common Motivators and Inhibitors For Latinas in STEM Fields
  • Effects of Social Networking Sites on User Experience
  • To Give or Not to Give: How Does Emotion Evoked from Crowdfunding Videos Influence Donations?

iSchools Organization

i3 serves as a pipeline for talented undergraduate students into iSchool graduate programs. “The iSchools organization is a consortium of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more. While each individual iSchool has its own strengths and specializations, together they share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.” (excerpt from www.iSchools.org)