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, medicine, 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.

Careers in the Information Sciences

Undergraduate Major Graduate Courses, Specializations, & Research Areas in the Information Sciences
Computer Science
Information Systems
• Artificial Intelligence
• Big Data Analytics
• Bioengineering
• Database and Web Systems
• Geoinformatics
• Homeland Security
• Human-Computer Interaction
• Information Security & Privacy
• Intelligent Networks
• Machine Learning
• Robotics
• 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
• E-Commerce
• 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
• E-Government
• 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
• Bioengineering
• Cheminformatics
• Disaster Communication
• Disease Networks
• Environmental Informatics & Sustainability
• Evolution & Comparative Genomics
• Geographic Information Systems
• Geoinformatics
• 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:


iSchools Organization

The iSchools organization is an international consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field. Each year the member schools organize and host the iConference, at which leading scholars from around the world gather to share ideas. The iSchools recognize the importance of diversity and collaboration, and they’re looking for i3 scholars ready to make an impact.