Students majoring in other fields may take elective courses or complete minor programs of study at the undergraduate or graduate level.
The bachelor's degree, emphasizing general educational preparation, represents a first step in preparing students for careers as information professionals. By combining a major in information science with an area of special interest in the context of new information technologies, students may be qualified for a variety of positions in information centers, bibliographic utilities and networks, information industry companies, and specialized publishing, abstracting and indexing services.
Students intent upon careers as information professionals should be prepared to undertake an additional year of study to earn the master's degree. It is the master's degree that is recognized as the basic professional degree and that is normally required for professional positions and continuing advancement in the field. Qualified undergraduate students may be admitted to graduate study during their final undergraduate semester. The master's degree may be completed on a part-time basis, during which students may be employed in paraprofessional or other positions.
Qualified undergraduate students may be admitted to graduate study during their final undergraduate semester to take graduate credit courses not required to complete a bachelor's degree.
Advisement on courses, programs and related questions is available through the school office, Information Sciences Building, Room 205. All students should contact the school for advisement before registering for classes. Calls and visits by prospective students also are welcomed anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Students interested in a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with an occupational specialization in either legal information management or health information management should see the School of Community Service section in this catalog.
Students must meet all general requirements for admission to undergraduate study as stated in the Admissions section of this catalog. To enroll for more than 6 hours of courses in the school, students must (a) have at least sophomore standing and (b) have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. At least junior standing is required to enroll for more than 12 hours in the school.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science with a major in information science must meet the following requirements:
1. Hours for the Degree: A minimum of 128 total semester hours, including at least 42 advanced hours.
2. General University Requirements: See "General Degree Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog.
3. University Core Curriculum: See "University Core Curriculum Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog.
4. Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements: See additional requirements specified for the Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.
5. Major Requirements: Major of at least 24 hours, including 9 hours of required courses (SLIS 4001, 4200 and 4600, or the equivalents) and at least 15 additional hours selected with approval of the school.
6. Minor: Minor of at least 18 hours, including at least 6 advanced hours, in an approved field outside the school.
7. Electives: 35 hours.
8. Other Requirements: A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required on all courses counted toward this major.
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