Information Studies Minor Courses: Spring 2016

LIB 3020 Principles of Information Retrieval
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Mon/Wed 10:45am – 12:00pm

This course teaches the theoretical and practical principles of information retrieval in an online environment. Students will learn the necessary skills to become expert-level searchers. Techniques and concepts for formulating effective search strategies for a range of information needs and formats will be examined. Students will have opportunities for hands-on practice and experimenting with a variety of online systems and explore current and emerging challenges in information retrieval.

LIB 3030 Archives, Documents, and Hidden History
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Tue/Thu 10:45am – 12:00pm

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of archival research. By exploring the variety and nature of primary source materials both real and virtual, students will have the opportunity to study and interpret historical, social, and cultural issues.

LIB 3032 Economics of Information
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Mon/Wed 2:30pm – 3:45pm

This course examines economic theories and analyses that have been applied to the information market and the issues on the uniqueness of information in contemporary society. Topics include asymmetry of information in various markets, demand and supply in the information market (such as the publishing market in New York City), production and cost functions and cost-benefit analysis of information products and services, and information as a public good vs. information as a commodity..

LIB 3040 Information and Society
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Four sections:

  • Mon/Wed 12:50pm – 2:05pm
  • Tue/Thu 2:30pm – 3:45pm
  • Tue/Thu 4:10 – 5:25pm
  • Tue 6:05pm – 9:05pm

This course examines the nature, production, value, and uses of information in historical perspective; the latest development in information technology; the ways information is produced and disseminated and how they affect business, politics, media, science, arts and culture; the growth of the "information society;" and major information policy issues. (Cross-listed with CIS 3040, COM 3040, and PAF 3040)

LIB 3065 Electronic Resources and Research Methods for Writers
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150. Pre- or corequisite: ENG 2500, ENG 2550, or departmental permission.
Day/Time to be announced

This course explores the impact of information research on writing. Students develop proficiency in evaluating, identifying, and using relevant print, electronic, and Internet sources to locate the business, government, biographical, political, social, and statistical information necessary for in-depth journalistic reportage and other forms of research.

LIB 4900 Social Informatics: Studies in the Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Information
3 hours, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150 and two 3000-level LIB courses, or permission of the department
Mon/Wed 4:10pm – 5:25pm

This course serves as the capstone course for students who have completed two 3000-level courses chosen from the course listings for the minor in information studies. Social informatics can be defined as the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of information from social and organizational perspectives. In this course, students will analyze systems of information in context to gain insight into the basic principles of social informatics, as well as relevant social and moral issues. This course satisfies the capstone requirement of the information studies minor.

Information Studies Minor