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Information Sciences + Studies

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Information Science + Studies
Duke University
114 S. Buchanan Boulevard
Box 90766
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-1934

General Information

Degree offered:

Program Description

The purpose of the IS+S Graduate Certificate is to offer an interdisciplinary program at the graduate level that focuses on the study and creation of new information technologies and the analysis of their impact on art, culture, science, medicine, commerce, society, and the environment. The program is designed for doctoral students wishing to complement their primary disciplinary focus with an interdisciplinary certificate in Information Science and Information Studies. The goal of the certificate is to broaden the scope of the typical disciplinary PhD program and to engage the student in ISIS-related research and digital project production. The IS+S Graduate Certificate is not intended to provide a disciplinary canon in information science and information studies but rather to develop a structured set of transdisciplinary skills and resources for exploring new areas of academic research. As such, the IS+S Graduate Certificate is not to lead students down an existing path of traditional academic research but rather to provide them with the means for expanding the scope of their main disciplinary focus by creating new paths of their own.

The IS+S Graduate Certificate consists of the following requirements:

  • ISIS 540S: Technology and New Media Practice  Students demonstrating prior mastery of ISIS 540S course content may petition the ISIS Director of Graduate Studies to substitute another ISIS graduate-level course for the ISIS 540S course requirement. The substituted course may not overlap with other Graduate Certificate course requirements (i.e., ISIS 650S or any of the 3 elective courses).
  • ISIS 650S: Critical Studies in New Media
  • Three elective courses from the approved elective course list . Electives must be from at least two different departments.
  • One formal presentation as part of the ISIS Tech and New Media Speaker Series.  Presentations will be coordinated through the ISIS Director of Graduate Studies and will be documented via an online website and presentation archive.