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Undergraduate Information Studies Minor

This Information Studies minor offers students in any major the opportunity to develop work-ready skills in digital literacy and information management.

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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. In the true spirit of undergraduate minors, providing knowledge that can support and supplement different majors, 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.

It is expected that students completing this minor will be able to:

  • 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.
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to identify, retrieve, assess, analyze, and disseminate/use information.
  • demonstrate the ability to determine and address the information needs of individuals, organizations and/or communities.
  • apply the principles of information studies in numerous subject domains.

This information studies minor (18 credit hours) is designed to be applicable in any field, or prepare students for graduate studies in information.

Please apply for the information studies minor today, as classes fill quickly. Information studies minor coursework is completed fully online.

Students who completed 3 courses in the minor's curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA can be admitted to the minor program. The minimum retention GPA for this minor program is 2.0. Students achieving a GPA below this minimum will not be allowed to proceed in the program.

Program Requirements

The Information Studies minor consists of 18 credits: 3 required courses, and 3 electives. Course descriptions can be found in the UB Undergraduate Catalog.

  • LIS 200 Introduction to Information Studies
  • LIS 205 Information and Society
  • LIS 405 Information Seeking and Use (prerequisite LIS 200)

At least 6 credits (3 electives) chosen from the following electives:

  • LIS 425 Applied Information Management
  • LIS 426 Psychology of Information
  • LIS 427 Information Ethics, Privacy and Policy
  • LIS 428 History of Information
  • LIS 430 Decision Making and Story Telling
  • LIS 499 Special Topics in Information Studies
  • LIS 505 Introduction to Library and Information Studies (Can be taken by seniors with department permission and applied to the MS in Information and Library Science)

Recommended Course Sequence

Freshman or Sophomore Year

  • LIS 200 Introduction to Information Studies
  • LIS 205 Information and Society

Sophomore or Junior Year

  • LIS 405 Information Seeking and Use (prerequisite LIS 200)
  • Two elective courses

Junior and Senior Years

  • Two elective courses

The first course in the Information Studies minor, LIS 200, is an introductory course which identifies and investigates the theoretical foundations, history, and access to information; explores the techniques and processes involved in the creation, distribution and management of information; and, explores current information issues such as the digital divide and the impact of social media.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Information Studies Minor Application, contact:
Brenda Battleson, Program Director
Department of Library and Information Studies
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
545 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
Telephone: (716) 645-1486
Fax: (716) 645-3775
Email: blb@buffalo.edu

University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.