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UMD's School of Information Studies Announces Inaugural Undergraduate Program

February 29, 2016

Johnna Percell 301 405 1260
Graham Binder 301-4050-4076

Bachelor of Science program available Fall 2016

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (iSchool) announced today a new Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree. Building on the iSchool’s tradition of preparing high-impact information professionals, the BSIS degree will fill a growing demand for students skilled at working with information in a variety of fields including government, healthcare, education, technology and policy. This is the iSchool’s first foray into undergraduate education, offering all UMD students an opportunity to experience information-centric instruction.

Dean Brian Butler described the new program as integral to the iSchool’s continued efforts: “This is our entry into undergraduate education, which is central to the mission of the University and an important part of its contribution to the state of Maryland. We are excited to join this worthwhile endeavor.” 

The undergraduate program joins the three existing graduate degree programs in Human Computer Interaction, Information Management, and Library Science, as well as the PhD in Information Studies. The BSIS degree will build upon the strengths of these existing programs, bringing additional accolade to the iSchool in the wake of its recent U.S. News & World Report ranking as a top-ten information school in the country among all public universities.

Dean Butler continues, “Information science is an interdisciplinary field, drawing from other areas of study such as computer science, management, education and the humanities, but with a focus on individual and institutional users of information and their information needs. This degree provides an opportunity for students to develop a unique combination of skills in information management, technology, and user-centered design that prepares students for careers in a wide variety of industries and public sector jobs, ranging from financial services to libraries and museums. This program also provides the basis for increased collaboration with other departments around campus.” 

Students from a wide range of backgrounds will find the new program relevant and useful in building and launching their professional careers. A full suite of courses will be offered beginning Fall 2016, drawing from the iSchool’s strengths in strength in human-computer interaction, digital libraries, cloud computing, information access, e-government and social media. For more information about the upcoming BSIS curriculum, see http://ischool.umd.edu/undergraduate.