The Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) can prepare you for an exciting career in a rapidly-expanding field. As an information science major, you’ll study the creation and management of information content, the characteristics and needs of people who create, consume, and utilize information, and the technologies that support the creation, management, preservation, and dissemination of information.
SILS graduates go to work for top companies, including Google, Credit Suisse, LinkedIn, Twitter, SAS, Atlantic BT, Nielsen-Norman, Red Hat, and Capital One, as well as government organizations and non-profits. Graduates assume a variety of job titles, including:
- Business Analyst
- UX (User Experience) Architect
- Database Designer
- Information Security Specialist
- Software Engineer
- Systems Manager
- Web Developer
- Technology Consultant
The SILS Career Development Office can provide one-on-one guidance as you launch your job search, and works with University Career Services and other campus partners to offer opportunities for networking with alumni and connecting face-to-face with employers.
One of the best ways to learn more about information science is by taking one of our introductory courses, such as INLS 161: Tools for Information Literacy. If you decide you want to major in information science, you’ll need to complete a set of prerequisite courses and apply for admission. Criteria for acceptance include academic record, work and extra-curricular experience, and substantive thinking about the role of information in society.
BSIS graduates understand the many ways in which information can be created, communicated, stored, and/or transformed, in order to benefit individuals, organizations, and society.
BSIS graduates possess practical skills for analyzing, processing, and managing information and developing and managing information systems in our knowledge-based society.
BSIS graduates can apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to effectively utilize information tools and take leadership roles in our information economy.
BSIS graduates are prepared to evaluate the role of information for a variety of industries, organizational settings, populations, and purposes.
BSIS graduates comprehend the value of information and information tools, their current role in society and the economy, as well as their historical significance and potential impact on the future.
Job Titles of Recent BSIS Graduates:
- Business Systems Analyst I, First Citizens Bank
- Healthcare Associate, Huron
- Student System Administrator, ibiblio.org
- Consultant, CapTech Ventures, Inc.
- Supply Chain Consultant, EY
- Data Specialist and Project Manager, The Environmental Finance Center at UNC
- IT Consultant (Business Systems), Deloitte
- Special Education Teacher, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
- Technical Analyst, Credit Suisse
- Business Systems, Sharecare, Inc.
- Application Analyst, Baystate Health
- Software Engineer, Chick-fil-A Corporate
- Contracted Junior Software Developer, Reality Group LLC
- Associate Consultant, Capgemini
- Office 365 FastTrack Engineer/Migration Velocity Manager | Experis, Microsoft
- Solutions Engineer, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Owner and Full-Stack Developer, MRMcDev, LLC
- Software Engineer, Duke Energy Corporation
- Head of UX, FIU, U.S. Bank
- Data Analyst II, Citrix
- Education Consulting Analyst – Enterprise Solutions, Huron
- Lead Tax Associate, RSM US LLP
- Applications Developer 1/ERP Security Administrator, Case Western University
- Business Analyst, Governance and Quality, Cisco
SILS has formal study abroad agreements with iSchools throughout the world. SILS also offers summer faculty-led programs in London, Prague, and Dublin/Berlin lasting two weeks. The SILS international programs coordinator can help you find opportunities to study abroad in a variety of other locations all around the globe, enabling you to develop a deeper understanding of the world’s diversity, as well as a broader perspective on the growing importance of information science internationally.