Core Courses for Minor
INF 2000 Information and Attention (5 credits): This class considers the nature of information and the role of attention. In addition to exploring fundamental concepts and challenges associated with information, such as information overload and distraction, students will learn practical strategies for successfully navigating our informationally rich and complex world. PDF of Syllabus (Fall 2019)
INF 3100 Digital Literacy and Life (3 credits): This class explores the digital dimension of personal, professional, and spiritual lives in the digital age and introduces strategies for cultivating identity and agency in networked environments. Students will learn critical skills for discovering, analyzing, and using information and information technologies as well as how to approach information and information technologies with reflective and ethical questions.
INF 3500 Information and Society (5 credits): This class examines the cultural role of information in history, in expectations of the future, and in our present digital age. Themes include the creation and communication of knowledge, the media and institutions that transmit information and knowledge over time, the ways societies shape and are shaped by information, and the causes and effects of information inequality. This course utilizes service-learning as a framework to understand the ways in which information affects those living in the Seattle area.
INF 4940 Internship (2 credits) or INF 4970 Independent Research (2 credits): An integrative research project or internship.
New Electives for 2021
INF 4950: COVID-19 AND THE INFORMATION LANDSCAPE (2 credits): Students will build knowledge around the information landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic. This course will cover the role information and misinformation in the pandemic including health informatics, numeracy, historical comparisons, social media, and the vaccine rollout. May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.