Hack Your Program: The University of Texas at Austin School of Information

02/06/2011 § 24 Comments

iSchool philosophy

The above image is the philosophy of information science of the UT iSchool, one that manifests in its approach to curriculum and preparing students to enter the workforce.  I began the program in the fall of 2010 and expect to graduate May of 2012.  My decision to attend the UT iSchool was influenced by in-state tuition (my parents live in Texas), the reputation of the school, and the versatility of the program.  I am kind of in love with the program, though it isn’t without its flaws.  Needless to say, these opinions are strictly my own!

Background

The UT School of Information (colloquially, the iSchool) was founded in 1948 and offered a Masters of Library Science.   The School of Library and Information Science was founded in 1980 as a response to the increased focus on information science as a discipline and profession.   To fully reflect the interdisciplinary focus of the program, in 2000 the school removed its Masters of Library Science and instead only offered a Masters of Information Science, which is what it still offers today.  In 2002, the name of the school officially changed its name to the School of Information. « Read the rest of this entry »

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