2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Information Studies Minor

Library & Information Studies

Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
534 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1020
716-645-2412
716-645-3775
Professor Heidi Julien
Professor, Department Chair

Why study Information Studies Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

Graduates active in almost every type of professional activity — from engineering to art to community organization — will benefit from the information studies skill set. The minor focuses on the policy, management, security, and learning potential of information. The engineer, the artist, and the community organizer all need to know how to best use information to achieve maximal success in their future endeavors. The program offers a way for students to master the information skills and knowledge that can best help them in whatever their major is. The Information Studies minor is appropriate for undergraduate students who are interested in a wide range of careers in any field, in the for-profit, non-profit, or governmental sectors. It is open to all majors.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing the minor program:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature and structure of information and
    its manifestations in many formats, and will apply this understanding to diverse
    information and research tasks
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to identify, retrieve, assess,
    analyze, and disseminate/use information
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to determine and address the information needs of
    individuals, organizations and/or communities
  • Students will apply the principles of information studies in numerous subject domains

The Learning Environment

Courses in the Information Studies Minor are offered in a 100% online environment. Video lectures are provided asynchronously via the University’s course management system, UBlearns. There are ample opportunities for real-time interaction with the instructor and other students through web-based discussions, projects and collaboration.

About Our Facilities

All courses are delivered in a 100% asynchronous online environment using the technology facilities of the University. UBlearns is the primary medium for course delivery but additional web-based software may also be used for real-time communication and collaboration among faculty and students.

About Our Faculty

There are ten full time Information Studies faculty, all of whom have earned PhDs in information-related disciplines. There are no teaching assistants in the program but some courses, especially those on specialized topics, may occasionally be taught by adjunct instructors with high levels of experience and expertise in the information profession.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Library and Information Studies department website for more information on our faculty and their research and teaching specializations.

Career Outlook

The Information Studies (IS) minor is designed to introduce students to the information field as a means of augmenting their own disciplines and areas of study. An understanding of the current information environment provides knowledge and analytical skills needed to identify, obtain and evaluate the myriad information needed in all disciplines and career paths. Students interested in graduate level study in their respective fields will find that the IS minor will allow them to enhance the research and analytical skills they will need in successful graduate work.

There is no undergraduate IS major, but students may choose more focused study in this field through graduate level programs in information science, information studies and library science. This education can lead to professional careers as information specialists, data analysts, librarians, usability specialists, information literacy educators, and ontologists/taxonomists, among others.

Academic Advising

We believe that a student's program of study is “a large investment of time and energy. Good advising ensures that this investment is spent wisely by having students reflect on how they can best match their talents and interests to career objectives and select courses that support these career objectives” (LIS Academic Advising Policy). This is a commitment we make to all students in our programs. Advising for Information Studies minor students is provided by the director of the program and can take place in person or online. While the program director is the advisor of record, students are always encouraged to speak to departmental faculty about specific interests. The advisor will work in concert with these faculty to recommend the courses in the minor that will best meet the student’s needs.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Dr. Brenda Battleson White

Email Dr. Battleson White

Library & Information Studies

Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
534 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1020
716-645-2412
716-645-3775
Professor Heidi Julien
Professor, Department Chair
Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:33 AM