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Undergraduate Minor in Information Studies and Technology

The IS&T Minor will teach you about the impact of information and information technology on society, individuals and organizations. You will acquire information and technology literacy skills enabling you to know how and where to find information, how to use it strategically, and how to design information containers and access systems in a variety of settings. You will also learn how policies governing access and control of information resources are set and how policy affects organizations, individuals and society.

The Minor in IS&T complements majors in all fields, including liberal arts and sciences, engineering, applied life sciences, commerce, business administration, the humanities, education and human ecology. The INSC 490 Environmental Information course is listed as an elective choice for the Environmental Science and Sustainability majors.

Requirements for the IS&T Minor

The Minor requires 18 hours of coursework, which must include:

  • CCI 150: Communication in an Information Age
  • INSC 102: Technologies for Information Retrieval
  • INSC 310 Information Seeking: Resources and Strategies
  • Nine (9) hours of additional courses at 300- or 400-level, normally taken as SIS minor courses (see the course description page)

Undergraduate Minor Courses

CCI 150: Communication in an Information Age (Required)

INSC 102: Technologies for Information Retrieval (Required)

INSC 301: Introduction to Web Technologies

INSC 310: Information Seeking: Resources & Strategies (Required)

INSC 330: Books and Related Materials for Children

INSC 350: Information Consumer

INSC 351: Race, Gender, and Information Technology

INSC 450: Writing about Science and Medicine

INSC 451: Information Management in Organizations

INSC 460: Internet Applications and Technologies

INSC 461: Information Architecture and the User Experience

INSC 470: Advanced Internet Applications and Technologies

INSC 490: Environmental Information

INSC 493: Independent Project or Research

INSC 495: Special Topics

Descriptions of all SIS undergraduate courses are available on the “Courses” page.


Declaring for the Minor in IS&T

Students should declare their intent to complete the IS&T Minor as early as possible by contacting the IS&T Minor program coordinator at sis-istminor@utk.edu and completing a student IS&T Minor Planning Form. You must declare your intent to complete the Minor when you submit the application for a degree, if you wish the Minor to be listed on your transcript.


Admission to IS&T Courses

All students are welcome to take courses offered as part of the IS&T Minor. Students who have officially committed to the Minor will be given priority during registration.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  How can the IS&T Minor help distinguish me in the job market?

A.The Minor in IS&T will indicate to future employers or graduate programs that you have expertise in information technologies and that you understand the role of information in your field and twenty-first century society.

Q.  What majors would be benefit from the IS&T Minor?

A. The Minor complements majors in all fields, including liberal arts and sciences, engineering, agriculture, applied life sciences, commerce, business administration, education and human ecology.

  • Students of business will improve their ability to gather and synthesize performance metrics and competitive intelligence.
  • Students in science and engineering will be able to more effectively manage complex data from multiple sources.
  • Students in arts and sciences will learn how information and communications technologies are revolutionizing work in the humanities.
  • Life sciences students will be prepared to use and manage forthcoming digitized patient health information systems.

Q.  What skills will I develop with the IS&T Minor?

A. Students completing the IS&T Minor will:

  • understand the impact of information and information technology on society, individuals and organizations
  • learn information and technology literacy skills
  • learn how and where to find information
  • learn how to use information strategically
  • learn how to design information containers and access systems in a variety of settings

Q. What sort of preparation do I need for the IS&T Minor?

A. No special background or preparation is required to begin taking courses for the IS&T Minor.

Q. Do I have to declare for the Minor to take IS&T courses?

A. No. All undergraduate students are welcome to take IS&T courses as electives, or to earn additional credit hours for a variety of reasons.

Q. Who can I contact to learn more?

A. If you have any questions, you can contact the IS&T Minor program coordinator by email: sis-istminor@utk.edu.