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Curriculum

As part of their capstone course, UMSI students teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution to improve their digital museum experience.

Once you’ve been admitted to the junior-level BSI program, your upper-division coursework will include required core courses, a path to focus your work and prepare you for your future, a path-specific final project course that tests your knowledge and skill, and electives to round out your schedule.

Altogether, the BSI curriculum includes 120 credits (half of which are upper-division credits), and 45 of those credits coming from courses offered by the School of Information. We walk through your degree requirements on this page — and how to select a path toward a career in the field!

Core Required Courses

Paths of study

A path is an area of concentration in advanced courses. It allows you to claim a specific identity or career opportunity. The BSI currently consists of two pathways, Information Analysis and User Experience Design, with opportunities to focus in areas like social media, entrepreneurship, digital humanities and consulting.

Information Analysis path

If you choose Information Analysis, you’ll complete courses that teach you to identify and ask questions that matter to stakeholders, gather essential data to answer the questions, find answers that are grounded in empirical evidence and present those answers in a convincing way.

Information Analysis students take the following advanced courses:

User Experience Design (UX) path

If you choose User Experience Design, you’ll complete courses that teach you to design, build and evaluate compelling interactive systems. The philosophy of the path is user-centered design — that is, that designers of computing systems need to take account of, and even prioritize, the needs and experiences of any system’s users.

Students will take the following advanced courses in the User Experience Design path:

Electives

The BSI program is designed to provide plenty of flexibility for selecting additional courses that interest you and round your BSI experience. Visit our course catalog to browse the complete list of undergraduate course offerings (100-400 level courses).

Minors

The School of Information recognizes most minors offered by the University of Michigan. While in the BSI program, if you discover that you would like to pursue a minor, please work with your academic advisor.

Dual degrees

Students who wish to pursue two degrees, one from the School of Information and the second from a different college at U-M, should plan to meet with both academic advisors. The School of Information currently has dual degrees approved with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; the Ross School of Business; the College of Engineering; the School of Music, Theatre & Dance; and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.

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