The minor in Information Studies is open to undergraduate students across the University who wish to explore the foundations of the field of Information Studies and its many core disciplines. Tenured faculty members, professional practitioners, and highly-trained assistant instructors offer courses in areas such as human-computer interaction and user experience design, user studies, archives and cultural heritage studies, digital humanities, and many more fields.

The transcript-recognized undergraduate minor in Information Studies is offered through the schools and colleges at the University that grant undergraduate degrees, and students should discuss this option with their advisors. 1 For more information, please contact info@ischool.utexas.edu.

Curriculum Overview

The Information Studies minor from the iSchool requires students to complete five iSchool courses, consisting of 15 semester hours.2

  • One Core Course: INF 304D (3 semester hours)
  • Two Upper-Division Electives (6 semester hours)
  • Two Additional Electives (6 semester hours)

Areas of Study

  • HCI/UX Design
  • Digital Humanities
  • Information Security
  • Information Policy
  • Library and Information Science
  • Archives and Records Management

Required Core Course

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INF 304D:
Intro to Information Studies

Overview of the information field as it relates to the technology-based world culture. Subjects may include the idea of information, information in relation to technology and culture, human-computer interaction and user experience, information technology in education, information literacy and the "digital divide," information and communication technology, information and gender, public information policy, and information organization and preservation.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Lower-Division Courses

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INF 303D:
Academic Success in the Digital University

Exposure to a wide variety of information and academic resources, tools, and skills. Focus is on the digital landscape of higher education. Subjects include features of the primary learning management system used at UT; communication and organizational tools; library resources; basic online research resources; and ethical and safety concerns.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

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INF 315C:
Topics In Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience (HCI/UX)

Fundamental concepts, techniques, and questions in human-computer interaction. Topics covered may include user research, interaction design, user interface design, and usability.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

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INF 315E:
Information and Culture

Examines information as a cultural phenomenon. Topics may include e-commerce, privacy and secrecy, censorship, information as a commodity, Internet culture, access to cultural heritage, and control of the cultural record.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Upper-Division Courses

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INF 322T:
Children's Literature

Evaluation, selection, and proper and creative use of books and other media with children.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

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INF 327E:
Information and People

Study of how individuals and groups create meaning. Explores research topics concerning people and communication, including information literacy, organizations and innovation, knowledge management, and identifying information needs.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; prerequisites may vary with the topic.

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INF 331C:
Beyond Google

A general introduction to information searching and evaluating information in digital, print, visual, and aural formats. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Information Studies 331C and 331W may not both be counted.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester, including some web-based instruction.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

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INF 335C:
Information in Cyberspace

An overview of the history and social impact of Internet, Web, and other network technologies. Students will learn methods and tools of media creation with an emphasis on technological self-sufficiency.

Up to three lecture hours a week for one semester, supplemented by Web-based instruction. Only one of the following may be counted: Information Studies 312, 335C, 335W. *this course supersedes INF 335W as of fall 2016.

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INF 343C:
Information Organization and Access

Basic aspects of representing and organizing information resources in digital information settings. Introduces the fundamentals of identifying informational objects, including description, content indication, and metadata.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

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INF 350C:
Advanced Topics In Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience (HCI/UX)

Advanced concepts, techniques, and questions in human-computer interaction. Topics covered may include the design of rich interfaces, evaluation of interactive systems, and visual design.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing; prerequisites may vary with the topic.

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INF 350E:
Information Technology

Design and use of information technologies, including interface design, trends in information technology development, usability, information retrieval, immersive media, and information architecture.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; prerequisites may vary with the topic.

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INF 350G:
Information in Society

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; prerequisites may vary with the topic.

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INF 371C:
Projects in Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience (HCI/UX)

Hands-on user experience design project. Students examine users' needs; complete an interactive system design, evaluation, re-design; and/or similar tasks.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Information Studies 304D or 304W; 315C; and 6 credit hours in Information Studies 350C.

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INF 371E:
Projects In Information Studies

Study of a current practical question, phenomenon, or controversy involving information. Includes designing, evaluating, and testing an information system or producing a project report.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; completion of or concurrent enrollment in twelve hours of coursework in Information Studies.

To see current undergraduate courses offered, go to the iSchool course listings page.

  • 1. The requirements for this minor went into effect with the 2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog.
  • 2. Courses with both Web-based, indicated by the "W" in the course ID, and classroom-based offerings, may only be taken for credit once. Some courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary. ┬áPlease consult your advisor if you have questions about repeating a course.
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