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Bachelor of Arts in Information Studies (BAIS)

This interdisciplinary degree offers a core of technology and data science coursework upon which students can then focus their interests through guided elective categories. Opportunities in these categories include numerous technology, data science, and communications electives for students who plan to go into information technology careers; or a variety of libraries, archives, museums (LAMs), and digital humanities electives for students more interested in careers in cultural heritage institutions. For these students, the technology foundation builds the skills that students need to work in today's LAMs' environments of digital collections, digital preservation, and virtual exhibits while serving diverse user groups.

Students in the BAIS program, in their junior year, can apply to the BAIS/MLIS (Master of Library and Information Studies) accelerated degree. The accelerated degree allows 12 credit hours to be applied to both the bachelor's and the master's degree so students can finish both degrees more quickly and save on tuition and fees. You must have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to apply for the accelerated degree.

Technology and Communication Focus

The Bachelor of Arts Information Studies (BAIS) is an interdisciplinary degree designed to prepare students to explore and analyze information needs, and deploy appropriate and effective approaches to satisfying those needs. The central theme of the degree is facilitating the link between people and the information they need to succeed. The BAIS degree focuses on how information impacts and is influenced by societal issues, governmental regulation, policy, and economics, as well as I.T. systems' design, implementation, and management.

Designed to prepare a technologically skilled and broadly educated graduate, the IS degree guides students through major coursework that is based in multiple disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences. The degree also provides internship opportunities that give students first-hand experiences in the field.

This degree was designed to pair applied technology skills with communications skills to prepare graduates to work in technology support positions where they are experts in translating between clients' needs and the technology creators such as computer scientists and engineers. Graduates of the program have gone on to become very successful in businesses and academia in various IT and technology positions.

Our alumni work in many diverse industries and settings, including communications, the petroleum industry, financial management software, libraries, and data research centers. Our graduates have a variety of careers including:

  • project manager
  • document and records manager
  • information technology security analyst
  • software implementation specialist
  • information technology specialist
  • network administrator
  • system analysis
  • software programmer

Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs) Focus

Students who are interested in libraries, archives, museums, and digital humanities can focus their electives to form a foundation in these fields while also gaining the technology skills that are key in today's workplaces.

The professional degree for work in libraries and archives is a Master of Library and Information Studies, and for museums is the Master of Arts in Museum Studies. The BAIS is a great introduction to these fields for students who expect to later pursue their Master's degrees (note that you can go into these Master's programs with any undergraduate major).