IST Frequently Asked Questions
General Degree Questions
What is required to complete the degree?
Area I: UWM Distribution Requirements -- General Education (21 credits)
Area II: IST Core Courses (27 credits)
Area III: Information Studies Upper Division Electives (15 credits)
Area IV: IST Cross-functional Electives (15 credits)
Area V: General Electives - including Competency Requirements (English, Math, & Foreign Language) and associate areas of study (42 credits)
For more information visit the IST Degree Requirements page.
How long does it take to complete the IST degree?
How do I apply?
Courses & Credit Transfer
Can I transfer previous college credits into this program?
SOIS also has a Broad-Based Transfer Credit Policy for Associate Degree Holders. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred from any two-year accredited institution is 72. To review transferable courses within the UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), visit the UW System Transfer Information System Course Wizard at http://tis.uwsa.edu/
After all application materials have been submitted and processed through the Department of Enrollment Services, an advisor will evaluate transcripts for any additional credits that may be transferred to the IST program. Call (414)229-4707 to schedule an appointment with an advisor to address any questions.
What courses are included in the core curriculum and how often are they offered?
110 – Introduction to Information Science
210 – Information Resources for Research
230 – Organization of Knowledge
240 – Information Architecture I
310 – Human Factors in Information Seeking & Use
340 – Information Architecture II
410 – Database Information Retrieval Systems
440 – Information Architecture III
490 – Senior Capstone
For the full list of course offerings, visit the Schedule of Classes http://www4.uwm.edu/schedule/.
Student Services & Financial Aid
What student support services are offered?
What type of financial aid and scholarships are available?
- Dean’s Information Science & Technology Scholarship* $1,000
- SOIS New Freshmen Scholarship* $1,000
- Dean’s Diversity Scholarship* $1,000
- SOIS Transfer Student Scholarship* $1,000
- Attitude & Aptitude Scholarship* $500
*No application necessary. Student must declare IST as major and be enrolled in at least one IST course in the awarded semester.
For more information on financial aid, military education opportunities, and student employment please visit the UWM Financial Aid office website http://www4.uwm.edu/financialaid/.
Can the degree be completed online?
Is online for me?
- Do you express yourself well in writing and have good reading skills?
- Are you comfortable working with computers and using the Internet and other technology?
- Can you truthfully say you have self-discipline to managing your time wisely?
- Are you willing to take responsibility for your own learning as well as work collaboratively with your classmates and instructor?