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    University of North Texas
    Jul 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Information Science

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Main Office
Discovery Park, Room E292
3940 North Elm Street

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311068
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Voice: 940-565-2445 or 877-ASK-SLIS
Fax: 940-565-3101
TDD access: 800-735-2989

Web site:

Jiangping Chen, Chair



The Department of Information Science prepares graduates of our graduate and undergraduate degree programs for dynamic roles in the knowledge age. The department’s mission is to provide resources, research and service for education; provide leadership to the library and information community; and prepare information professionals of the highest quality to serve the state, the region and the global community.

The goals of the department are to:

  • prepare information professionals who demonstrate excellence in leadership, service, research and education in a technology-driven environment;
  • advance and contribute to leading-edge research and scholarship;
  • contribute to professional, academic, and public interests through consulting, continuing education and leadership; and
  • provide high quality distributed learning opportunities while maintaining a high-quality residential experience.

The department offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science with majors in information science and library science. In addition, the department administers an interdisciplinary doctoral program with a major in information science. The department also offers two undergraduate programs with Bachelor of Science degrees in information science and data science.

The department offers certificates (non-degree) programs for advanced study in both information science and library science, and graduate academic certificates in multiple areas of professional knowledge and skills.

Graduates are prepared for diverse professional positions in both the public and private sectors and practice in a variety of libraries and information service agencies, including academic, public and school libraries, information analysis centers and information utilities.

Students may take elective courses in library and information science, or they may complete minor programs of study at the graduate level. Students who are not pursuing degree programs may enroll for individual courses, workshops, seminars and institutes with non-degree status. (For undergraduate programs, see the Undergraduate Catalog.)

Graduate students may study full time or part time. They may begin their course of study in the fall, spring or summer term/semester.

Prospective applicants for admission should visit the Department of Information Science web site at to access application forms and current program information.

The department’s graduate degree programs are available through the Academic Common Market at in-state tuition rates for qualified out-of-state students in the southeastern states who pursue studies on campus.

The Master of Science degree program is accredited by the American Library Association (50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; 800-545-2433).


Faculty and graduate students pursue research in diverse areas of data science, library science and information science. Research interests include data analytics; information and communication theory; human information needs, seeking, searching, evaluation and use behaviors; development of information resources and services for specific populations; technology-based social networking in corporate and cultural environments; competency-based learning in the information professions; management and leadership of libraries and information agencies; roles of school library media specialists in instructional delivery; storytelling; scientific and scholarly communication; bibliometrics; human-computer interaction; information systems design, analysis and evaluation; information retrieval including specializations in cross-language, digital image, and multimedia retrieval; technology standards development and application; digital libraries; institutional repositories; metadata and organization of networked resources; philosophy and theories of information organization including information representation and classification; digital information management including bibliographic control and preservation; distributed learning and technologies; automated library systems; medical informatics, legal informatics, and information resources and services in corporate and government fields; text and data mining; competitive intelligence; information policy and ethics; and information technology issues of privacy and security.

Academic advising

Student advising for the Department of Information Science’s programs and courses is available through the College of Information advising and admissions student support services office, Discovery Park, Room C232; 940-565-2445; All students should have an approved degree audit on file as early as possible. Out of state students must contact the college advising office for advising clearance before registering for classes. Calls and visits by prospective students are welcomed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The Department of Information Science provides and connects students to various scholarships and funding opportunities for students in this discipline. These opportunities may be available whether students are undergraduate or graduate, entering or continuing, transfer students, or international students. For specific information and application forms, contact the department chair, administrative assistant, or visit the web page:

Further information

For further information about any degree or certificate program, write or call the Department of Information Science or visit the department’s web site: Personal interviews and counseling may be arranged through the department office.

The Department of Information Science does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of its programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations. Copies of the department’s ADA compliance policy are available in the department office. Problems may be reported to the department’s ADA liaison, Discovery Park, Room E292; 940-565-2445.


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