Major in Information Science & Technology (IST)
The core courses in the IST program encompass the study of the concepts and tools of information science, information architecture, and information technology; all of which are fast becoming important tools of most disciplines.
Information Scienceis the study of the organization, storage, retrieval, dissemination, and use of information.
Information Architectureis investigation, analysis, organization, and implementation of information content where users' needs and specifications are the major importance.
Information Technologyis the collection of tools that make it possible to access and use information.
Characteristics of an IST Graduate
- Highly skilled in software applications and Web 2.0 technologies
- Cognizant of the role that information plays in society
- Dedicated to providing a link between people and the information resources they need
- Active in research that is pushing information in new directions
- Specialist in the ethics and theory of information dissemination
- Adaptable to the information needs of businesses, organizations, and institutions
Customize Your Program with a Minor or Certificate
The IST program notably allows students to customize their program by developing a focused area of study or by choosing a minor or certificate in another field. This flexibility enhances the IST degree and allows for specialized preparation and experience that prepares graduates for the varying career options available in the information professions. Students wishing to pursue a certificate or minor in another field are encouraged to make this decision early in their program, and speak to their academic advisor to plan their course of study.
The Health Care Informatics Certificate offered cooperatively with the UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences prepares students to understand, analyze and evaluate information technology used to perform admistrative and clinical tasks in a health care organization.
Flexible Program Options
Online Educational Opportunities
IST courses are offered onsite and online each Fall, Spring and Summer semester to accommodate students who are busy balancing work, family & school, or those who are just interested in learning without the constraints of a campus-based program. IST students may complete their IST degree online, onsite at UWM, or a blend of both. Please visit the IST FAQs page for more information.