Information Studies Online Track

 

 

Starting in Fall 2017, the ICT program will offer a unique online degree track in Information Studies. Students in this program track are specially admitted and may complete their ICT degree fully online.

Information studies track students will learn how information can be created, communicated, stored, and/or transformed to benefit individuals, organizations, and society. In our information based society, teaching students practical skills for analyzing, processing, managing information that will allow them to then create technology-based solutions using a user-centered approach and evaluate the roles of information in a variety of organizational settings is a valuable skill set that is currently sought by employers.

Students in the Information Studies track may transfer hours (i.e., 60 hours) and will complete the Information Studies track, the major, and other University requirements (i.e., up to 60 hours total) completely online.

Click here to download a PDF of the IS track flyer. 

IS Track Curriculum:

Pre-Major Requirements –3 courses, 9 hours(same across major):
ICT 200 - Information Literacy and Critical Thinking
ICT 201 - Personal Knowledge Management
ICT 202 - Technologies for Information Services

Core Major Requirements – 4 courses, 12 hours (same across major except for GCCR):
ICT 205 – Issues in ICT Policy (to be offered online)
ICT 305 – Data Detectives (to be offered online; GCCR – replaces ICT 300 for the Information Studies track majors only)
ICT 301 – Introduction to Databases (to be offered online)
ICT 596 – Practicum

Information Studies Track (IS Track) – 6 courses, 18 hours:
This focus area will be 18 hours. Thus, students will need to choose 6 courses from the following list:
ICT 311 – Introduction to Information Science (new; to be offered online)
ICT 315 – Human relations in IT (new; to be offered online)
ICT 316 – Universal access: information and working environments (new; to be offered online)
ICT 320 – Information architecture (new; to be offered online)
ICT 325 – Multimedia and Technology (new; to be offered online)
ICT 420 – Web Development for the Semantic Web (previously a special topics course; to be offered online)
ICT 415 – Technology Training and instructional strategies (new; to be offered online)

Cognate - 5 courses, 15 hours (300+ level) outside the major

Free Electives – 2 courses (300+ level), 6 hours:

Students may choose from online courses at the 300+ level that are offered by the University.

Transferred Hours- 60 credit hours:

If a student has not fulfilled the UK Core requirements, they should research options at their local community college or explore online options through UK (i.e., CIS 110, CIS 111, ICT 200). 

 

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Funding and Scholarships

Students are eligible for federally funded student loans through FAFSA and from private sources. 
For transfer students only 
UK has several scholarship opportunities for transfer students. These are generally based on academic performance and applicants should complete their UK application as soon as possible. More information can be found here

Admissions

No. You do not need to live in Lexington to enroll in the information studies online track, a part of the information communication technology program. 

Prospective students must transfer the equivalent of two years of college courses, equating to approximately 60 credit hours, before being accepted to this program and the Information Studies track. These courses may come from any regionally-accredited institution. Most community college courses satisfy this requirement. It is preferred that students will have already completed UK Core. If not, students may be able to take courses online through UK or may have to take courses (with pre-approval) at a local community college. 

No, an associates degree is not required. Any combination of prior college coursework can be combined to comprise the 60 credits needed. 

UK Core prerequisites include: 

  • 12 hours Intellectual Inquiry (arts and creativity, humanities, social sciences, natural, physical, and mathematical sciences) 
  • 6 hours Written, Oral, Visual Communication 
  • 6 hours Quantitative Reasoning 
  • 6 hours Citizenship 

Further detail on UK Core is available here.  

You will apply through Undergraduate Admissions as a transfer student by the following deadlines: 
Fall: July 15
Spring: October 15 
Summer I: April 30 
Summer II: May 31
You can find more information here

Yes. You can apply whenever you are ready. UK has preferred application deadlines for fall, spring, and summer. Here is a link to the UK Application for Undergraduate Admission

Readmission applicants must submit a UK application for Undergraduate Admission, an official transcript from each college or university attended since enrolled at UK, and a $50 application processing fee. 

Students enrolled in only online distance learning courses during the fall and spring semesters will be charged the Kentucky resident rate regardless of residency status, plus a $10/credit hour distance learning fee. Students enrolled in undergraduate online distance learning courses during intersessions (e.g., summer and winter terms) will be charged based on their residency status. 

Academics

Yes. You will need to make sure that you balance your personal and work responsibilities to determine how many hours you can successfully take each semester. 

No, there is no difference. You will receive an official University of Kentucky diploma. University of Kentucky's online degree completer track in the information communication technology program carries the same excellence as those earned in a traditional classroom. Graduates will earn a bachelor's degree in information communication technology from the University of Kentucky with an information studies specialization. 

We expect you to allocate 10-15 hours per class per week. This will include both individual learning and group collaboration. We expect students in the online degree completion track to participate in the online learning community and to monitor their own schedules. Faculty are available via email or chat. 

The information studies online courses are taught asynchronously , meaning that the student can complete their coursework on their own time as long as they follow the course schedule. There is never a specific time that students need to "meet online" for class. While online classes provide flexibility so that you can plan your coursework around your busy schedule, you should be prepared to spend as much time covering the material and interacting with your professor and classmates (real time and via email) as you would in a traditional classroom-based course. 

No, but you are always welcome to visit and set up appointments with program faculty. 

It is possible for an IS track student to complete their degree in 2 years as a full-time student or 3-4 years as a part-time student. 

Information Studies Track: Full-time Pathway (2 years) 

Information Studies Track: Part-time Pathway (3-4 years) 

 

Distance Learning, Supports, and Services

It's important to know whether or not your learning style is suited for an online degree program. We recommend reviewing this Distance Learning Readiness Checklist to determine your best option. 

A variety of academic, technological, and program support is available to students. 

  • The academic unit, the School of Information Science, where you are enrolled has student services staff who administer aspects of the program. They can answer questions about admissions, registration, and graduation; assist you in choosing courses and making decisions about professional placements; and are the primary resource for any academic-related topic. 
  • The Office of Distance Education has dedicated support staff who work with you during your course of studies at UK. They can orient you to the online environment, provide information about ordering textbooks, and answer questions about Canvas. 
  • UK's Information Technology Services (ITS) office provides technical support to the entire UK community, including troubleshooting, providing software and productivity tools. 
  • The Writing Center can assist in composing and communicating in writing, speaking, and multimedia projects across the curriculum. Graduate student consultants and undergraduate consultants provide individual and group consultations in Face-to-Face and e-Tutoring Consultations on academic assignments and professional projects.
  • The Counseling Center provides over the phone telephone consultations with an on-duty counselor. Online screenings and support documents are also available.