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What is Information Studies?

The Bachelor's in Information Studies (BAIS) is an applied Information Technology and Data Science degree that teaches students how to design and build IT and Data solutions with a user-centered approach. Graduates will have the skills to analyze users' information problems, provide solutions, and create user-friendly information systems.

Students in the program focus on the relationship between information, people, and technology in a wide-variety of courses covering web technologies, databases, data analytics, user-centered system analysis and design, information architecture, and information literacy. Tools students apply in classes include PHP, MySQL, HTML5, JavaScript, Python, R, CSS, and more.

So, what's my degree?

The Information Studies degree can be completed online from anywhere in the world.  It is an interdisciplinary degree, comprising courses from throughout the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences and other Colleges across campus.

An accelerated bachelor’s program is available to facilitate the completion of the BAIS and the MLIS in an abbreviated time frame.

Information Studies graduates work as IT project managers, software implementation specialists, IT specialists, network administrators, systems analysts, software programmers, website designers and developers, and documents and records managers. Types of companies and departments that employ BAIS graduates include: Information Technology, Communications, Petroleum, Financial Management, and Data Research.

What courses will I take?

Information studies courses include:

  • Intro. to Information Studies
  • Information & Comm. Technology
  • Introduction to Data Analytics
  • Database Design for Info. Organizations 
  • Information and Enterprise
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Leadership 
  • Information in Society
  • Information Technology
  • Technical Writing

How can I study abroad?

OU has numerous study abroad opportunities for students of all majors. Whether you want to take electives, lower-division courses, or major requirements, be sure to check out what education abroad opportunities are available to you through the College of International Studies. 

What kind of career can I pursue?

Software companies
Information technology consultants
Banks and investment firms
Energy industry
Data processing centers
Government agencies
Libraries and information organizations
Software implementation specialist
Documents and records technician

Data analyst
IT specialist
Project manager
Business systems analyst
Communications network designer
Database administrator
Information center manager
Network administrator
Software developer

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Contact Us

School of Library and Information Studies
Phone: (405) 325-3921
Email: slisinfo@ou.edu
Website: slis.ou.edu