Minor in Information Studies (available Fall 2024)

Discover the Power of Information: Elevate Your Purdue Experience with an Information Studies Minor

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In a world where information shapes every facet of our lives, from cutting-edge technology to the spread of misinformation, we offer students an unparalleled opportunity to explore the realm of Information Studies. Whether you’re delving into the depths of science and engineering or charting a course through the realms of business and liberal arts, this minor promises invaluable insights into navigating our increasingly complex information landscape.

At its core, the Information Studies minor is designed to equip students with the essential skills needed to thrive in today’s interconnected world. From understanding the ethical dimensions of data usage to unraveling the societal impacts of information dissemination, this program delves into the historical, cultural, and ethical dimensions of information. Students will explore a diverse array of topics, including data ethics, misinformation dynamics, online culture, intellectual property, and the transformative effects of technological innovation.

More than just a supplementary credential, the Information Studies minor empowers students to become adept navigators of the information age. With a focus on practical applications and real-world relevance, students will develop the critical abilities to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and utilize information effectively across professional and academic contexts. Whether pursuing careers in industry, non-profits, entrepreneurship, government agencies, cultural organizations, or furthering their studies in graduate programs, the skills garnered from this minor will serve as a cornerstone for lifelong success.

Students who complete this minor will be able to...

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  • Navigate the information environment to make evidence-based decisions in professional and academic contexts.
  • Examine the role of information in its ethical, societal, historical, and cultural context to address real-world situations.
  • Determine the significance of information-focused opportunities and challenges such as intellectual property, mis/disinformation, artificial intelligence, security, and privacy.
  • Apply various approaches to research using data, including techniques from data management, data science, digital humanities, and other methods.
  • Reflect in an informed and critical manner on information infrastructures and practices.

Required Courses

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  1. Required foundation course (3 credits)
    ILS 100 Introduction to Information Studies
  2. Choose one of the following courses (3 credits)
    ILS 300 Information, Culture, and Society
    ILS 301 Data Foundations, Tools, and Applications
  3. Choose courses 10000 level or higher (6 credits)
    Any ILS 10000–59999
    or MGMT 11000, MGMT 17500, IDIS 20100
  4. Choose course(s) 30000 level or higher (3 credits)
    Any ILS 30000–59999
    or BCHM 42100, CHM 51300