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Information Science, B.S.

College of Information and Communications

Gain the technical, analytical, communication and leadership skills required to help organizations make data-informed decisions. These sought-after skills will open doors for you in nearly any field.

Information science teaches you how to identify and solve problems at the intersection of people and technology. This data-focused degree program teaches you the technical skills along with how to apply them effectively within an organization. Graduate ready to earn a competitive salary in a wide variety of career settings.

Program Highlights

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    Ready to Work

    Gain in-demand skills. Our graduates work at non-profits, large public companies and prestigious cultural institutions.

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    Cool Tools

    Access our cutting-edge Biometrics and User Experience Lab and our AI-powered Social Media Insights Lab.

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    Passionate Faculty

    Enjoy smaller class sizes and one-on-one interactions with faculty who are leaders in their respective fields.

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    Marketable Skills

    Enjoy impactful internships or independent research that showcases your ability to analyze, implement, manage and lead.

What You’ll Study

Learn the techniques and principles for creating, storing, organizing, transforming and communicating information to various information seekers. Enhance what you learn with internships, research and community service opportunities outside the classroom. Learn tools like Tableau, R and JavaScript/JQuery, and customize your degree to meet your career goals.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Project Management

    Organizing and overseeing tasks to achieve specific goals

  • Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Data Coordinator
  • Data Analyst
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Systems Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Information Architect

Workplace Settings

  • Research
  • Business
  • Technology
  • Government

The study of information science is not solely based on one discipline. I am fortunate to have experience in data mining, analytics, visualization and fact-checking. We are the intersection of technology and its' users, and our skills are essential.

Ethena Lighty
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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