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Data Studies Minor (Applied Information Science)

Expand your information skills

The path to discovery is lined with data … lots and lots of data.

Knowing how to classify and access data is the first step to retrieving information and discovering knowledge.

Learn to take a humanistic approach to big data and small. Enhance your employment options and data literacy by earning a Data Studies minor through the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.

Tools for knowledge

This minor provides a convenient way for students who are concentrating their studies in liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences to develop digital competencies.

You’ll not only learn to manage data, curate it for specific needs, and build database infrastructures, but also explore the social, ethical, and technical challenges of data organization and access in the Information Age.

Data drives decision-making

In our classes, students learn to organize and document the data we’re creating every day. You’ll understand the potential of massive data sets—as well as the legal, privacy, and surveillance issues that the evolution of data collection presents.

The minor introduces data analysis and manipulation, data organization and access, data policy development, and how these practices relate to the creation and dissemination of data sets and related information.

Students study database design and perform management tasks that are part of today’s data life cycle, including backup and security. You’ll develop the skills to build database infrastructures and curate data for specific needs.

Where can information science take you?

Your course work allows you to acquire information science skills in real-world situations. Graduates can qualify for positions such as:

Our Data Studies minor provides students with skills and perspectives critical to joining a workforce seeking to maximize value from data. This makes graduates more marketable to employers by preparing them to examine the social, technical, and ethical implications of their work.

If you’re seeking further education in informatics and information science, this minor sets you apart from peers who train solely on the technical aspects of data. Enhance the value of the minor by pairing it with an appropriate major (e.g., Business, Computer Science, Health Science, Informatics, Media Arts and Science, Philosophy, Sociology, SPEA).

Plan of Study

Required Courses (15 cr.)

INFO I308 Information Representation may be replaced with a different course on relational databases, such as:

Students must earn a C or higher in each course to graduate with the Data Studies minor.

Admissions and Advising

The Data Studies minor is open to IUPUI students in any major. To declare the minor, email Jill Mathews at For academic advising, contact an undergraduate advisor.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the value of data in society and articulate the roles of data creators and consumers.
  2. Apply principles of representation and organization to provide access to resources in various information environments.
  3. Interpret stakeholder needs for databases and information layers using iterative and reflexive design processes.
  4. Identify the stages of the data curation process and the issues associated with the storage, preservation, and security of data.
  5. Analyze the implications of data policy creation, the concerns involved, and its communication to information organizations.