The School of Information (also known as the I School) houses scholars in a variety of disciplines, such as information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy. Currently, the I School hosts three degree programs:

  • Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS)
  • Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS)
  • Ph.D. program in Information Management & Systems

The I School’s multi-disciplinary focus has been a rich source of student and faculty collaboration for digital humanities projects. In the past, students and faculty have developed text analysis tools, coordinated the Berkeley Digital Humanities Working Group, and hosted hackathons for campus museums and digital archives.


The I School offers a variety of classes that are open to students from other departments (instructor permission may be required to enroll). While some courses are centered around building professional skills and applying them to digital projects, other courses examine topics such as cyberlaw and intellectual property in the digital era. Classes of interest include:

Information 155: Introduction to High-Level Programming
Information 214: Needs and Usability Assessment
Information 247: Information Visualization and Presentation
Information 256: Applied Natural Language Processing

Keep an eye out for the I School end of semester project showcases, which feature student presentations and poster sessions.


The I School regularly hosts open lectures on a variety topics in the field of information studies. The long-standing Information Access Seminar regularly invites speakers with interests related to museums, libraries, preservation, publishing, and digital media. The I School also hosts hands-on events like hackathons for nonprofits and unconferences on user experience, data science, information architecture, interaction design, informatics

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Last updated: Dec 15, 2014