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  Jun 14, 2024
2009-2010 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Information Science, B.S.

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Learning Outcomes School of Library and Information Science 
Curriculum College of Mass Communication and Information Studies 

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.S. in Information Science should be able to …

  • describe the techniques and principles for creating, storing, organizing, transforming, and communicating information to various information seekers.
  • demonstrate practical skills of information science and the use of information systems.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the tenets of information literacy.
  • demonstrate the comprehension of the valuable role of information and information technology in society as well as the diversity of needs and uses for information.
  • understand the historical influences of the role of information in society as well as the predicted future uses and needs for information in our world.


See School of Library and Information Science  for admission and progression requirements.

Degree Requirements (126-127 Hours)

  1. Satisfactory completion, with a cumulative GPA at the time of graduation of at least 2.50, of all SLIS courses required for the degree.
  2. Total cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on all course work attempted.
  3. Approval of a program of study for the B.S. in Information Science and a minor field of study.

General Education Requirements (72-73 Hours)

English (9 Hours)

Remaining Courses

  • Two HIST courses (one must be non-U.S.)
  • One course from AFRO, ENGL (280 and higher except 450 and 460-63), fine arts, foreign language (121 and higher), history (300 and higher), philosophy (except 110, 111, 511), religious studies, WGST 111 
  • Two courses from ANTH, PSYC, SOCY

Natural Sciences, Numerical/Analytical Reasoning, Foreign Language (21-22 Hours)

Eight hours natural science chosen from the following fields:

Additional hours from natural science or numerical/analytical reasoning or foreign language

Foreign Language:

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC. Course work equivalent to university foreign language course work at or above the 121 level will apply toward the BSIS degree. If USC foreign language courses numbered 109 and 110 (or 111) are taken to meet the University’s proficiency requirement, a maximum of 4 hours will apply toward the BSIS degree.

B.S. in Information Science Degree Courses (36 Hours)

Additional Elective Courses or Minor (18 Hours)

A student majoring in information science has the option of completing a specified minor sequence of prescribed courses prescribed by the unit offering the minor (see Complementary Programs below) or selecting an additional 18 hours of elective courses, as approved by the advisor. General education requirement courses do not count as electives. All elective courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. For descriptions of specific minors, students should consult the department in which they wish to minor for a list of courses, noting completion of their minor and have prerequisites that may not count towards the minor. A minor advisement form must be completed by the end of the junior year (having completed between 60 and 90 semester hours) year and approved by the school.

SLIS Complementary Programs

A student majoring in one of the University programs listed below may choose the prescribed minor in information science. Similarly, a B.S. student may take one of the predesigned complementary programs established with the technology support and training management (TSTM) program in the College of Hotel, Retail, and Sports Management; the visual arts program in the College of Arts and Sciences; or the public relations or visual communications majors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. At a minimum, the 18 hours of SLIS courses, as described below, satisfy the complementary program requirement.

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