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To help prepare students for the information demands of the 21st century, the School of Information Science offers an online minor in information studies, helping students gain skills that are becoming increasingly important in both the public and private sectors.

Why Information Studies?

The saying that “information is the currency of democracy” has never been truer than in today’s information-rich society. With an ever-increasing volume of electronic data, there is a growing need for employees who can store, manage and extract data effectively. The National Research Council forecasts a need for more information scientists to manage the knowledge-intensive enterprises upon which the future U.S. economy will be based. And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in the information technology sector to increase 12% by 2024*. In short, those who can effectively navigate, manage and analyze information will be in high demand.

The minor in information studies from UK’s School of Information Science will complement your major area, developing skills that make you a more attractive job candidate.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Computer and Information Technology Occupations,on the Internet at


The minor in information studies requires completion of 18 hours of coursework. All required courses can be completed online allowing for greater flexibility in meeting your own individualized scheduling needs. Please contact if you have questions.

Minors may be added by the student's advisor in their primary college. Please check with your advisor for assistance.

  • IS 200 Information Literacy and Critical Thinking
  • IS 201 Personal Knowledge Management
  • IS 202 Technologies for Information Services

Choose three of the following courses:

  • ICT 311 Introduction to Information Science
  • ICT 320 Information Architecture
  • ICT 325 Multimedia and Technology
  • IS 303 Systems Analysis
  • IS 326 Electronic Information Resources for Health Professionals
  • IS 327 Consumer Health Information Seeking
  • IS 402 Competitive Intelligence

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