See School of Library and Information Science for admission and progression requirements.
1. Carolina Core Requirements (31-43 hours)
2. Program Requirements (42-54 hours)
3. Major Requirements (36 hours)
Any approved Carolina Core course(s) for GFL or score of two or better on foreign language placement test.
Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core CMS course.
SLIS recommends SAEL 200 - Social Advocacy and Ethical Life
Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core INF course, with the exception of SLIS 202.
SLIS recommends ENGL 102
STAT 201 - Elementary Statistics
Any approved Carolina Core ARP courses
Students in the College of Information and Communications are required to demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the 122 course through course credit or the corresponding foreign language placement score.
ENGL 102 - Rhetoric and Composition (grade of C or better)
SLIS202 may not be used to fulfill the INF Carolina Core requirement
Complete the required credit hours for each category below and choose two additional courses from any category.
Technology/Systems (6 hours)
CSCE 101 - Introduction to Computer Concepts
CSCE 102 - General Application Programming
MGSC 290 - Computer Information Systems in Business
GEOG 363 - Geographic Information Systems
ITEC 444 - Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Business (6 hours)
ACCT 222 - Introduction to Accounting
ACCT 225 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
ECON 224 - Introduction to Economics
MKGT 350 - Principles of Marketing
Management/Organizations (3 hours)
MGMT 371 - Principles of Management
MGMT 376 - Organization Behavior
MGMT 402 - Managing Teams in the Workspace
MGMT 472 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Media/Visual Design (3 hours)
JOUR 101 - Media and Society
JOUR 203 - Principles for Visual Communications
MART 201 - Introduction to Media Development
Advanced Writing (3 hours)
ENGL 460 - Advanced Writing
ENGL 462 - Technical Writing
ENGL 463 - Business Writing
ENGL 468 - Digital Writing
Communications (3 hours)
SPCH 140 - Public Communications
SPCH 260 - Argumentation and Debate
SPCH 330 - Small Group Communications
SPCH 331 - Organizational Communications
SPCH 380 - Persuasive Communications
ANTH 371 - Ethnography of Communications
SAEL 200 - Social Advocacy and Ethical Life
LING 300 - Introduction to Language Science
Additional Professional Courses (6 hours) - Choose two from any of the courses listed in the categories above.
A minor is eighteen credit hours or more. BSIS students are encouraged to pursue one of the sanctioned USC minors in over a hundred different subject areas. BSIS students, with an approval from the BSIS committee, may choose to a cognate instead of a minor. The cognate is usually twelve hours of course work and two approved electives for a total of eighteen hours. Only six hours of lower division class credits can be applied to the cognate or approved electives. All cognates and electives will be approved by the BSIS sub-committee usually by the second semester of the Junior year of a BSIS student if not earlier.
Note: Courses used to satisfy Carolina Core requirements may not also fulfill Approved Electives.
All students majoring in information science must satisfactorily complete, with a grade of C or better, the following courses (see complete description of each course below):
Major Required Courses (30 hours)
Major Electives (6 hours)
All students majoring in information science must satisfactorily complete, with a grade of C or better, the following courses:
SLIS 201 - Introduction to Information Science
SLIS 202 - Introduction to Information Literacy and Technology
SLIS 220 – Using Information Resources
SLIS 301 - Information Storage and Retrieval
SLIS 310 - Research Methods in Information Science
SLIS 330 - Introduction to Computer Technology and Applications for Information Environments
SLIS 402 - Introduction to Management Within Information Environments
SLIS 410 - Knowledge Management
SLIS 420 - Communication and Information Transfer
SLIS 494 - Independent Study in Information Science or SLIS 496 - Internship in Information Science
SLIS 315 - Information Policy
SLIS 430 - User-Centered Information Architecture
SLIS 434 - Introduction to Knowledge Discovery
SLIS 435 - Digital Information Infrastructure
SLIS 440 - Competitive Intelligence
SLIS 450 - Information Issues in Cultural Heritage Institutions
SLIS 480 - Emerging Topics in Information Science
SLIS 494 - Independent Study in Information Science
SLIS 496 - Internship in Information Science
Or any other SLIS course
(Moved to Major Requirements)
A student majoring in information science has the option of completing a specified minor sequence of courses prescribed by the unit offering the minor (see Complementary Programs below) or selecting an additional 18 hours of elective courses, as approved by the advisor. General education requirement courses do not count as electives. All elective courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. For descriptions of specific minors, students should consult the department in which they wish to minor for a list of courses, noting completion of their minor and have prerequisites that may not count towards the minor. A minor advisement form must be completed by the end of the junior year (having completed between 60 and 90 semester hours) year and approved by the school.
A B.S.I.S. student may take one of the predesigned complementary programs established with the integrated information technology (iIT) program in the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management; the visual arts program in the College of Arts and Sciences; or the public relations or visual communications majors in the College of Information and Communications. At a minimum, the 18 hours of SLIS courses, as described below, satisfy the complementary program requirement.
(Moved to Program Requirements)
The changes to the BSIS program reflect the evolving nature of the field and need to update the curriculum to keep up with employer needs’. It also gives students some much-needed flexibility in the courses they take.
Changes to the ARP requirement will allow students to take courses that may be more useful, depending on their career goal. Not all jobs require the skillset obtained in business calculus. For example, additional statistics courses may be a better choice.
The other changes to the Carolina Core do not reflect changes in curriculum; rather clarify the wording in the previous Bulletin.
The proposed changes to the General Education courses give students flexibility and the opportunity to enhance their skillset. The Professional courses were selected after a review of current jobs and employer needs’.
The changes to the Major requirements highlight the foundation courses BSIS students need to progress in the field. The electives will allow students to take additional courses they are interested in or develop a skillset.
Administratively approved to College Rep.
Returned at the request of the Proponent.
Your proposal is being returned for the following reason(s):
If the above concerns are addressed, and the proposal reaches the Curricula and Courses Committee by October 20, 2017, noon it will be approved and included in those courses being recommended to the Faculty Senate for consideration at the upcoming Faculty Senate meeting. Should your proposal not reach the committee by the stated deadline, the next Curricula and Courses review cycle will begin in November, and you still would be able to get it approved for the next bulletin.
Faculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We are moving your proposal forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair