The School of Library and Information Science welcomes doctoral students from all disciplines to consider a minor in information science. Areas of concentrated study include human-computer interaction, information visualization, information retrieval, scholarly communication, computer-mediated communication, information literacy, school media management, knowledge organization, social informatics. The SLIS outside minor is offered in accordance with the regulations of the University Graduate School. Students take a minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit for the minor. Inquiries should be addressed to the Director of the SLIS doctoral program.
Your twelve credit hours of coursework are selected with agreement of a SLIS faculty member who also becomes the minor field representative on your doctoral advisory committee. The practice has been not to require a minor field written qualifying exam.
The School of Library and Information Science is among the top-ranked graduate and professional programs in this field. The programs prepare professionals to evaluate, organize, search, and manage information effectively. SLIS is the place where theory building meets systems building, where you can explore the social, cognitive, and technical forces which shape the ways in which information is created, managed, and used in contemporary life. Our faculty is among the top research scholars in the field, and was recently ranked #1 in the United States for faculty productivity and impact (Library Quarterly, April 2000). Research opportunities for doctoral students are varied and challenging.
Our website offers information on our faculty's and our doctoral student research areas, as well as syllabi and projected course schedules: