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Recommendations are intended to help students make the most of their education by providing examples of experiences that can enrich educational experience and illustrate how within and beyond the classroom experiences relate to one another. These are examples and options, not requirements.

Information Science

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:
Dr. Elise Lewis, Undergraduate Faculty Program Coordinator, elewis@sc.edu
Andy Thomas, Undergraduate Advisor, athomas@sc.edu

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
SLIS 201 - Introduction to Information Science
SLIS 202 - Information Literacy and Technology
SLIS 301 - Information Storage and Retrieval
SLIS 315 - Information Policy
SLIS 325 - Children’s Literature
SLIS 402 - Introduction to Management Within Information Environments
SLIS 410 - Knowledge Management
SLIS 420 - Communication and Information Transfer
SLIS 430 - User-Centered Information Architecture
SLIS 434 - Introduction to Knowledge Discovery

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Cocky’s Reading Express
  • IT-Intensive Organizations
  • Government and Non-Profit Agencies
  • Information Institutions of all kinds (ex. schools, libraries, museums)

Why this is Important
Community service provides students an opportunity to help others with information issues. Understanding different communities and fostering those connections are not only important to program but a value we expect all students to adopt.  Students give of their talents to others, while at the same time gaining valuable experiences and knowledge about their field of study. Students learn to relate and work with people from a variety of backgrounds.

How Students Can Get Started
Visit or contact the Faculty Coordinator or Undergraduate Advisor.   

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity & Social Advocacy

Related Course(s)
SLIS 201 - Introduction to Information Science
SLIS 202 - Information Literacy and Technology
SLIS 325 - Children’s Literature
SLIS 410 - Knowledge Management
SLIS 420 - Communication and Information Transfer 

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Cocky’s Reading Express
  • Organizations and non-profits that work with underserved populations (ex. LGBTQA, minorities, environmental issues, health disparities)

Sample Research or Advocacy Project Topics
Research or projects focusing on underserved populations may include accessibility issues to information, services available to underserved populations, or empowering individuals through information and advocacy. 

Why this is Important
Information Science students will go into fields that work with valuable information.  Analyzing, implementing, and managing the information in a meaningful way to help diverse or underserved populations is a core value of the BSIS program.  We are leaders, who ensure every individual has meaningful information so that they may make better decisions.

How Students Can Get Started
Visit or contact the Faculty Coordinator or Undergraduate Advisor.   

Visit the Leadership and Service Center or the Office for Multicultural Student Affairs for opportunities to get involved.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
SLIS 201 - Introduction to Information Science
SLIS 202 - Introduction to Information Literacy and Technology
SLIS 310 - Research Methods in Information Science
SLIS 315 - Information Policy
SLIS 420 - Communication and Information Transfer
SLIS 450 - Information Issues in Cultural Heritage Institutions

Timing for Study Abroad 
Study Abroad should take place in spring or summer of the sophomore or junior years. Planning for Study Abroad should take place at least 9 months before the semester chosen.

Opportunities/Destinations
Any destination would be encouraged, but due to connections already existing in Africa this is a destination the Information Science degree program will be cultivating for BSIS students. This promises to provide valuable mentors as well as fields of study for its students.

Campus or Local Opportunities 
Work with faculty, such as Dr. Dick Kawooya, who are actively participating in international research.

Why this is Important 
Travel broadens and extends knowledge and perspectives. These are important components in providing Information Science students with an international and local perspective.

How Students Can Get Started 
Visit or contact the Undergraduate Advisor or Faculty Program Director.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • The ISSA (Information Science Student Association is an organization created by Information Science students dedicated to providing students with knowledge about the field, access to professionals in the field, service, and other leadership opportunities connected to Information Science.
  • BSIS Ambassadors are the face of the program.  They serve as advisors to the program and provide potential students with insight on what it likes to be in the Information Science program. 

Other Leadership Opportunities
Students are encouraged to participate in the numerous leadership opportunities through USC Student Government, UNIV 101, Visitor Center Student Ambassadors, Student Success Center Peer Leaders, and Summer Orientation Peer Leaders

Other Recommendations 
Information Science students are encouraged to take leadership roles on campus and in community organizations outside the major. These roles provide experiences in leading and interacting with others. They help students take on professional roles while providing excellent opportunities for networking.

Why this is Important
Information Science students are expected to be leaders.  Leadership opportunities provide Information Science students experience with working with others, in a variety of settings to accomplish worthwhile goals.  These are experiences that Information Science students can apply toward their professional careers.

How Students Can Get Started 
Visit or contact the Undergraduate Advisor or Faculty Program Director.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Related Course(s)
SLIS 310 - Research Methods in Information Science
SLIS 430 - User-Centered Information Architecture
SLIS 434 - Introduction to Knowledge Discovery
SLIS 435 - Digital Information Infrastructure
SLIS 496 - Internship in Information Science

*SLIS 496 be taken twice by Upper Level BSIS students for a total of 6 credit hours.

Internship Requirements
Students are required to complete 140 hours of an internship through SLIS 496.

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences

Professional Organizations 
Information Science students have opportunities to participate in professional associations such as ARMA (records management; International the Information Management Professionals Organization).  They are encouraged to seek additional leadership roles across campus such as UNIV 101 peer leaders or other opportunities.

Why this is Important 
Internships provide students with knowledge and networking opportunities beyond the classroom that enhances their education and career opportunities.

How Students Can Get Started
Visit or contact the Undergraduate Advisor or Faculty Program Director.

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
SLIS 201 - Introduction to Information Science
SLIS 202 - Introduction to Information Literacy and Technology
SLIS 310 - Research Methods in Information Science
SLIS 410 - Knowledge Management
SLIS 430 - User-Centered Information Architecture
SLIS 434 - Introduction to Knowledge Discovery
SLIS 440 - Competitive Intelligence
SLIS 450 - Information Issues in Cultural Heritage Institutions 

Sample Research Projects or Topics
Students do research based on their interests, but with a link to information science. Information Science students are encouraged to apply for such research scholarships as the Magellan Scholarship. These scholarships are directed by Information Science faculty and focus on diverse topics. 

Additional Opportunities
We encourage student to participate in BSIS Day to present posters on their research. BSIS day is a research day specifically for undergraduate students interested in information science issues. Students are also encouraged to pursue independent research/research projects with faculty and present at Discover USC.  

Why this is Important 
Research is at the heart of expanding academic frontiers. Through engagement in research, Information Science students make contributions to the academic life of the University and beyond enhancing their knowledge.

How Students Can Get Started 
Visit or contact the Undergraduate Advisor or Faculty Program Director.

 

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate
The Information Science program is set up to provide students the opportunity to participate in numerous beyond the classroom experiences.  These experiences help employers understand the skills acquired by our students through the program.  For example, students do an internship that provides key experiences in integrative learning and prepares them for the professional world. It is important for Information Science students to make the connections between what they have learned in the classroom and beyond the classroom experiences. They use their knowledge and experiences to solve real life problems in their career field.

 

LEAD

Career Opportunities
Network Administrator
On-Line/Web Researcher
Data Mining Specialist
Systems Analyst
Records Manager
Web Content Manager
Information Architect 

Related Graduate Programs 
Master of Library and Information Science
Master of Computer Science
Master of Health Information Technology

Additional Career Comments 
Careers in the field are varied. The degree lends itself to catering to each student’s unique interests while providing a flexible and portable set of core Information Science skills. Career options are available in various organizational and business settings including large and small, public and private, and entrepreneurial and non-profit. This variety of career options gives the Information Scientist the ability to create their own specialized career track, pursuing personal interests and skills. Students contribute their leadership and Information Science skills as a team member who collaboratively solves complex challenges and problems.

 Journalism and Mass Communications: All Majors

For majors in Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Journalism, Mass Communications, Public Relations, and Visual Communications: See the recommendations below. Questions? To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:
Rushondra James, Assistant Dean for Student Services, jamesrj@mailbox.sc.edu.


 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
JOUR 333 – Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations
JOUR 536 – Crisis Communications
JOUR 528 – Cause Communications: Service-Learning Experience
JOUR 530 – Creative Leadership
JOUR 537 – The Carolina Agency

Recommended Sites/Experiences

Why this is Important 
CreateAthon is an annual 24-hour-marathon designed to deliver pro bono advertising, marketing, and communications solutions to nonprofits in the North America and Europe. It has become a model for creative philanthropy and achieved significant impact since its national launch in 2002, attracting 101 agencies, professional organizations, corporate marketing departments, and universities throughout North America as CreateAthon partners. In total, the program has served more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations with pro bono marketing projects valued at more than $16.7 million.

In 2013, the school launched CreateAthon@USC to provide similar help to nonprofits in the Midlands of South Carolina. Students from all majors at the school participate in the event, which is mentored by faculty and members of the local professional advertising and design communities. In 2015, nonprofit clients included those working to strengthen families, help the homeless, treat child abuse and neglect, and find solutions for problems in education, health, and animal welfare.

How Students Can Get Started
Students should discuss these opportunities with your academic advisor, then sign up for the class or volunteer to participate.

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Related Courses 
JOUR 101 – Media and Society
JOUR 201 – Principles of Public Relations
JOUR 204 – Principles of Journalism
JOUR 311 – Minorities, Women, and the Mass Media
JOUR 501 – Freedom, Responsibility, and Ethics of the Mass Media
JOUR 539 – Ethics in Public Relations and Public Policy
JOUR 571 – Faith, Values, and the Mass Media                                         

Recommended Sites/Experiences
SJMC Media and Civil Rights History Symposium

Sample Research or Advocacy Project Topics

  • Media Coverage of Women and Minorities
  • Research on the Black Press
  • Media and LGBT+ Community
  • Social Media and Diversity Issues

How Students Can Get Started
Students should discuss these opportunities with your academic advisor, then sign up for the class. Talk with one of your SMJC professors about a Magellan project focusing on media and diversity.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
JOUR 541 – International Mass Communications
JOUR 499 – Special topics are offered with faculty lead trips to study domestically or abroad. SJMC study away experiences include;

  • Multimedia Munich Maymester
  • Public Relations experience in Atlanta
  • Advertising in New York
    *Other experiences have included media and service learning in Africa, Oman, China, and Cuba

Recommended Timing
Students can do a semester abroad. SJMC trips take place each year, typically in May or June

Why this is Important 
In addition to the university’s Study Abroad program, the school offers opportunity to students to travel with an emphasis on reporting, multimedia multiplatform journalism, and cultural and academic exchange. Examples of this are the annual Maymester in Munich, which puts students from the school’s different sequences together for an intensive reporting and production experience; service-learning trips to various developing countries; and academic travel to universities in other countries.

How Students Can Get Started 
Students should discuss these opportunities with your academic advisor, then sign up for the class. Attend the Study Abroad Fair to get ideas.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Related Course(s)
JOUR 517 – Integrated Campaigns
JOUR 518 – Brand Communications Practicum/Competitions
JOUR 530 – Creative Leadership
JOUR 531 – Public Relations Campaigns
JOUR 534 – Publication Writing and Design
JOUR 537 – The Carolina Agency
JOUR 538 – The Bateman Team
JOUR 580 – Advanced Reporting Topics
JOUR 586 – Capstone I – Advanced Reporting – Broadcast and Online Journalism
JOUR 587 – Capstone I – Advanced Reporting – Multimedia Journalism
JOUR 588 – Capstone II – Advanced Broadcast and Online Journalism Production
JOUR 589 – Capstone II – Advanced Multimedia Journalism Production
JOUR 590 – Capstone III – Digital Journalism

Student Organization(s)
Many student-run organizations at the school foster integrative learning through opportunities to meet leading professionals and also to participate in projects, contests, and other avenues for developing entrepreneurship skills and building portfolios.

Opportunities
The University of South Carolina is tradition-rich and with a host of opportunities—from challenging academics, to over 300 clubs and organizations to extracurricular activities and volunteer and service projects. SJMC students are encouraged to join a diversity of student groups within the School and beyond to the larger university community.  Many of the involvement opportunities are major-specific.  These involvement opportunities give students an outlet to put their study into practice.

Why this is Important 
These are opportunities to work as a leader in a media-related organization, interact with practicing professionals, get portfolio reviews, enter competitions, and hear special speakers.

How Students Can Get Started 
Students should discuss these opportunities with your academic advisor, then sign up for the class. Participate in the USC Student Organization fair each year.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Program Internship Requirements 
JOUR 597 – Internship in Mass Communications
Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate in an internship. For those who do take an internship, they must be at the junior level or have upper division standing.

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
We have an online internship database with numerous sites and opportunities for journalism majors. Students are encouraged to seek internships among a variety of media organizations.

Why this is Important
Internships provide exposure to professional practice, deadlines and opportunities to develop portfolio materials.

How Students Can Get Started
Find out more about internships and see requirements. You may also meet with a Career Services Manager.

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
JOUR 220 — Account Planning: Mining Insights
JOUR 306 — Theories of Mass Communications
JOUR 332 — Mass Communications Research (used to be JOUR 304)
JOUR 517 – Integrated Campaigns
JOUR 518 – Brand Communications Practicum/Competitions
JOUR 530 – Creative Leadership
JOUR 531 – Public Relations Campaigns
JOUR 534 – Publication Writing and Design
JOUR 537 – The Carolina Agency
JOUR 538 – The Bateman Team
JOUR 580 – Advanced Reporting Topics
JOUR 586 – Capstone I – Advanced Reporting – Broadcast and Online Journalism
JOUR 587 – Capstone I – Advanced Reporting – Multimedia Journalism
JOUR 588 – Capstone II – Advanced Broadcast and Online Journalism Production
JOUR 589 – Capstone II – Advanced Multimedia Journalism Production
JOUR 590 – Capstone III – Digital Journalism

Why this is Important
Being able to ask and answer important questions related to media and media operations is key to successful media practice.

How Students Can Get Started 
Students should discuss these opportunities with your academic advisor, then sign up for the class.

 

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate 
All student in SJMC must take a Capstone course related to their specific major. These courses include:

  • JOUR 517 – Integrated Campaigns
  • JOUR 518 – Brand Communications Practicum/Competitions
  • JOUR 531 – Public Relations Campaigns
  • JOUR 534 – Publication Writing and Design
  • JOUR 537 – The Carolina Agency
  • JOUR 538 – The Bateman Team
  • JOUR 560 – Capstone Portfolio Development
  • JOUR 580 – Advanced Reporting Topics
  • JOUR 586 – Capstone I – Advanced Reporting – Broadcast and Online Journalism
  • JOUR 587 – Capstone I – Advanced Reporting – Multimedia Journalism
  • JOUR 588 – Capstone II – Advanced Broadcast and Online Journalism Production
  • JOUR 589 – Capstone II – Advanced Multimedia Journalism Production
  • JOUR 590 – Capstone III – Digital Journalism

 

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities
Entry-level positions in news and information operations and agencies, non-profit organizations, or independent contracts.

Related Graduate Programs 
Graduate programs in mass communications, public health, business or law.

Future Career Opportunities 
Understanding of mass communications practices is valuable in the successful operation of business enterprises, public policy and health education — all of which are expected to see growth in the coming years.