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Library and Information Science


What is the College of Information and Communications?

The School of Library and Information Science is one of two schools which is part of the college. The other is the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Dr. Tom Reichert is the dean of the college. Dr. David Lankes is the director of the School of Library and Information Science.

What is the major in Information Science? 

Information Science is the general examination and knowledge of how people or organizations in all organizational settings or all cultural settings create, access, use, store, communicate, or transfer information. It rests on three foundations: content, people, and technology. The degree is a Bachelor of Science (BSIS) and it consists of 121-133 credit hours. Additional information on specific requirements can be obtained from the SLIS undergraduate advisor.

Where do I get information about fees and financial aid?

Academic Fees and Refunds 803-777-4233;
Financial Aid and Scholarships 803-777-8134;
To check your tuition information, go to your Self Service Carolina page and choose the account information link.

What should you do in case of missed classes due to illness or other extenuating circumstances?

In case of death of a family member or student illness of a week or more, the SLIS undergraduate advisor will write your professors to alert them. The university bulletin specifies that absences from more than 10 percent of class meetings, whether excused or not, may result in a lower grade for the course. Absences are dealt with at the professor's discretion.

Who is considered a full-time student?

All students enrolled 12 or more credit hours are considered full-time. Some scholarships require that students complete 15 credit hours each semester.

What does "good standing" mean?

A student is considered to be in good standing if he or she maintains a GPA of at least 2.50 on all work attempted.

What is "probation"?

Students who do not maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA on all USC work are placed on academic probation for one semester only. If at the end of that semester the USC GPA is not above 2.50, they will be required to change their major. A student on probation is ineligible to take upper division information courses or summer courses at another institution.

Confidentiality & Student Records

The University of South Carolina and the School of Library and Information Science are bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This federal law prohibits our office from sharing student information with anyone other than the student. We cannot release any information to the student without picture identification. We cannot release any information to a parent without written permission from the student. Other student information can be blocked or changed with the student’s consent. Please ask the advisor if you have any questions.