IS Undergraduate Course Offerings
IS offers a number of courses that provide undergraduate students with a blend of conceptual and theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on laboratory experiences. Classes provide a solid foundation in contemporary library and information studies theory, information seeking and retrieval skills and information technology. In the laboratory environment, students have opportunities to apply their theoretical insights and practical skills to real word problems and situations.
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An * next to the course number indicates that this course has been approved as a GE credit course.
Lower Division Classes
10. Fundamentals of Information Searching and Evaluation (5)
Lecture, one hour; discussion, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Designed for first-year undergraduate students. Introduction to bibliographic and information resources that encompass both general and specialized materials. Specifically designed to facilitate knowledgeable use of UCLA libraries and efficient retrieval of information. Letter grading.
19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars (1)
Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.
20*. Introduction to Information Studies (5)
Lecture, five hours. Designed for undergraduate students. Exploration of social, economic, cultural, ethical, and structural aspects of information, and issues that are critical, emergent, and dominant in society as information proliferates globally via networks and computer-mediated communication. Letter grading.
30*. Internet and Society (5)
Lecture, five hours. Designed for undergraduate students. Examination of information technology in society, including Internet, World Wide Web, search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Lycos), retrieval systems, electronic publishing, and distribution of media, including newspapers, books, and music. Exploration of many of these technologies, social, cultural, and political context in which they exist, and how social relationships are changing. Letter grading.
89. Honors Seminars (1)
Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.
99. Student Research Program (1 to 2)
Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.
Upper Division Courses
139. Letterpress Laboratory (1)
Laboratory, one hour. Hands-on printing experience in letterpress shop designed to give students in information studies, design, or other disciplines understanding of printing process. Basic instruction provided, and students work on group project for duration of term. P/NP grading.
180. Special Topics in Information Studies (4)
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected topics or issues related to social, cultural, economic, or political aspects of information and information systems. Consult "Schedule of Classes" for topics and instructors. May be repeated once for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.
189. Advanced Honors Seminars (1)
Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.
199. Directed Research in Information Studies (2 to 4)
Tutorial, one hour. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. Letter grading.