James R. Miller, Interim Dean
Dewey E. Carroll, Interim Associate Dean
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.
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
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 Core Curriculum: 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 six hours of required courses (SLIS 4001 and 4200 or the equivalents) and at least 18 additional hours selected with approval of the school.
6. Minor: Minor of 18 hours, including at least
7. Electives: From 6 to 18 hours of electives chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser.
8. Other Course Requirements: Completion of at least 12 hours outside the school in approved courses related to information technologies; all or part of this requirement can be met within the minor.
9. Other Requirements: A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required on all courses counted toward this major.