Ph.D. Minors

All School of Informatics and Computing doctoral students are required to complete either a minor within the school or an approved minor outside the school. Internal and external minors should be appropriate to the student’s research as determined by the student’s advisory committee.

Informatics, Computing, and Information Science Minors

The following minors are available to informatics, computer science, and information science Ph.D. candidates, as well as students outside the school.

Information and Library Science Minor

The Department of Information and Library 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 ILS 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 ILS doctoral program.

Your twelve credit hours of coursework are selected with agreement of an ILS 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 Department of Information and Library 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. ILS 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. 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:

External Minors

Some appropriate external minors include biology, chemistry, physics, cognitive science, history and philosophy of science, information science, law, sociology, and learning sciences. In all cases, the number of hours to be included in the minor is consistent with the requirements of the unit granting the minor.