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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Discover innovative ways to improve usability and accessibility of intelligent technology and solve information processing challenges with AI.
The Information Science degree with a concentration in Human Language Technology provides graduates with the knowledge needed to work with language-based technologies such as speech recognition, speech synthesis, machine translation, search engines and computer-assisted services. Human-computer technology is an evolving interdisciplinary field that includes computational linguistics, natural language processing, machine translation and artificial intelligence. Graduates will have a better understanding of human-computer interaction issues and interfaces.

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Why Earn an Information Science Degree With a Concentration in Human Language Technology?

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Information Science is a flexible program offering a wide range of concentrations, including technological fields, making you more marketable. Concentrations or minors chosen by students in this program often become an area of specialization for graduate study.

The degree is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge needed to build competencies in important and emerging areas such as information organization, information architecture, information seeking and use, health informatics, knowledge management, digital content and digital curation, and information systems.

The bachelor’s program provides general educational preparation for students planning to enter the information profession. Its objectives are for students to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to:

  • The roles and impact of information policies, practices and information itself on diverse populations in a rapidly changing technological and global information society
  • Human information needs and behavior in order to develop and implement information systems and services that meet user needs
  • Professional practices necessary to succeed in information-related occupations and to pursue the professional master's degree
  • The philosophy, principles and legal and ethical responsibilities of the field

While pursuing your degree, you will hone the skills required to:

  • Aid information seekers
  • Add value to information products
  • Apply the latest tools and technologies to the ever-increasing volume of information

The flexibility built into the program prepares graduates for the varying career options available in the information profession. Students can customize their program by developing focused areas of studies (concentrations) or by choosing a minor or certificate in another field.

Marketable Skills
  • Information analysis
  • Project management
  • Database design and application development
  • Information architecture and website design
  • Oral and written communication

Information Science Degree With a Concentration in Human Language Technology Highlights

Special lectures hosted by the College of Information and the department feature renowned scholars who provide different perspectives and insights into the information science field.
Our students and faculty are active members of different professional associations and learned societies, such as the iSchools consortium, the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Knowledge and Information Professional Association.
Proactive students can choose accelerated options, such as the “degree in three” program or grad track option to accelerate their education.
The Department of Information Science offers financial support and scholarships to its students to recognize exceptional academic and creative accomplishments.
The Career Center is one of the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major.
Instruction is offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended, which allows you to balance classes with full-time or part-time employment.

What Can You Do With an Information Science Degree With a Concentration in Human Language Technology?

A bachelor's degree in Information Science is the entry point for many information-related careers in the public and private sector, such as:

  • Corporate researcher — working in management, software engineering, usability, intelligence analysis, web development and other areas
  • Data scientist — preserving and disseminating information in a timely manner to decision makers
  • Information analyst —finding, using, analyzing and synthesizing information from various sources
  • Information specialist — helping people find information and use it effectively
  • Knowledge manager —organizing information from multiple areas in a business to facilitate internal and external procedures

Information Science Degree With a Concentration in Human Language Technology Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Linguistics (3 hrs)
This course introduces students to the richness and complexity of human language and focuses on the fundamentals of phonetics, phonology, morphology syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
Morphology (3 hrs)
This course will introduce students to the foundations of morphological analysis, providing descriptive and analytical techniques for understanding the internal structure of words.
Discovering Language from Data (3 hrs)
Topics include application of computational tools to curate, analyze and produce a variety of research products from text, video and audio language data, including methods of language transcription, data analysis and presentation formats.
Computational Linguistics (3 hrs)
Students will study the foundational methods used for the automated analysis of language, as well as how linguistic knowledge influences those methods. Students also learn basic Python programming and work with the Natural Language Toolkit.
Managing Automation Projects (3 hrs)
This course covers initiating, planning and managing projects to select, acquire, develop and install new, replacement and upgraded computer-based systems in libraries/information agencies of all types and sizes, oriented around activities necessary for effective automation projects.
Digital Curation and Preservation (3 hrs)
The abundance of electronic and computer-based information requires a new type of professional to examine the life-cycle of the new type of information content: digital content. Decisions about the preservation of this new type of material are not trivial, and include its descriptive components and particular formats and standards for long term archival storage and access. This course is about the tools and techniques to accomplish these goals.

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