Welcome to the Department of
Information Studies at CSU!


Information Studies at Chicago State University is concerned with the interrelationships among people, information, and technology.   It is concerned with the creation, organization, representation, access, dissemination, preservation, and management of information and with the information technologies that enable its communication and utilization.  It is concerned with leveraging information and technology to improve the performance and effectiveness of individuals, groups, organizations and society.  It addresses the ethical, political, social, cultural and economic dimensions of information access and use.  It embraces scientific, technological and humanistic approaches to inquiry. 

Our department provides a variety of programs in Information Studies with an emphasis in library and information science, applied information technology, media, telecommunications management, computer networking and human performance technology.  Our graduates apply the knowledge and skills gained from their programs in a variety of settings including schools and educational institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Information Studies Department Objectives

  1. Recruit and retain a diverse student body by maintaining a flexible and supportive learning environment.
  2. Graduate information professionals who demonstrate leadership, especially in urban and multicultural communities.
  3. Advance and contribute to the field of Information Studies through research, consulting, and continuing education efforts of students, graduates, and faculty.

Information Studies Programs

The Department has two master’s degree programs and a number of certificates and endorsements.  The programs and certificates in Information Studies are in two program areas:

  • Library and Information Science
    • M.S. in Library and Information Science
    • School Information Specialist Endorsement for Licensed Teachers (non-degree)
    • Archives and Records Management Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (non-degree)
  • Technology and Performance Improvement Studies
    • M.S. in Technology and Performance Improvement Studies
    • Telecommunications Management Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (non-degree)
    • Information Technology Undergraduate Minor/Certificate
    • Education Technology Specialist Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Licensed Teachers (non-degree)  

  Distance Learning in Information Studies

The Information Studies Department has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer two master’s degree programs in the online delivery format.  The M.S. in Library and Information Science program and the M.S. in Technology and Performance Improvement Studies program are offered in the online delivery format.  At CSU, an “online” program offers more than 50% of its courses in the web or hybrid delivery format.

 A “web” course has been defined the following way: “Course is conducted entirely over the web through the use of a course management system. Instructors and students are required to actively use the course management system in order to complete the various components of the course. These courses can be in the following modalities:

(a) Asynchronous – where students are not required to be available at a specific time on a regular basis or 

(b) Synchronous – the classes meet through Elluminate or similar software at regularly scheduled times; however             the student does not come to campus.” CSU Contract, p. 164

 A “hybrid” course has been defined in the following way:  “Course materials include a significant amount of electronic materials/activities provided online through the course management system. Class sessions include a limited number of scheduled sessions on campus, as well as a significant number of sessions comprised of online activities and interaction with no requirement to physically be on campus. Students are required to actively use the course management system in order to complete the various components of the course.”  CSUContract, p. 164

 The course management system used at CSU is Moodle (http://csumoodle.remote-learner.net/).

Distance Learning Statement

The courses within the Department of Information Studies’ degree programs and certificates are primarily offered as online, Internet-based courses.  This format allows students to complete their coursework from anywhere at any time as long as they have access to the Internet.  However, while flexible in how students schedule their own work, assignments and activities have specific due dates and expectations.  In addition, some faculty will require students to be online at specific times to interact as a class.  

Online courses are not easier than traditional, face-to-face courses.  In fact, many students find online courses require more time and effort, as far more reading and writing is typically required.  Therefore, these courses are geared towards graduate students who are able to take responsibility for their own learning, are comfortable using a computer and necessary technologies, and are able to communicate effectively through writing.

To be successful, it is expected students will log into the course frequently (at least two to three times per week) and be active in their participation.  Students who fail to access and/or participate in the course may be administratively withdrawn from the course.  Any issues impacting a student’s ability to access the course or complete his/her assignment should be reported as soon as possible to the instructor, who will provide options on how to proceed and/or avenues for support.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Kimberly Black, Chairperson, Department of Information Studies
9501 South King Drive
Education Building, Room 208
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: 773.995.2598
Fax: 773.821.2441
Email: kblack21@csu.edu