Through the Information Science + Studies (ISS) Program, a certificate program offers students an interdisciplinary approach to study the nature of information and its impact on art, culture, science, business, society, and the environment. ISS helps students fill the gap between current academic training and the increasing demand in all professions for a broad understanding of the legal, social, philosophical, computational, cultural, and aesthetic issues concerning information technology and other related innovations. The program’s integrated curriculum combines topics and practices including information management; data visualization and analysis; multimedia design; virtual reality, virtual worlds and games, issues of security, privacy, and property; and the history of science and technology.
ISS is a good choice for students who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to data, information, digital humanities, arts and technology, and digital culture, and who want to fulfill their requirements by taking courses that come from a wide range of programs on campus, rather than focusing in on Computational Media specific topics in CS and AAHVS. The ISS program also works closely with the Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture theme, along with Data+, in providing opportunities for project-based work to count towards the Certificate requirements.