The Ph.D. in information studies expands SLIS' mission and vision by educating students to thoroughly understand the discipline of information studies; develop expertise in using the various research methods necessary for investigation in the field; conduct effective, sustained research; and understand the ways in which information in all its forms is produced, recorded, organized, preserved, retrieved, communicated, managed, and used. Additionally SLIS seeks to educate researchers that are able to understand the ways in which people's information-related activity shapes - and is shaped by - information technologies, information structures, and information institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums. The answers to the research questions posed in information studies help to improve information systems and services, to guide information policy, and to enrich life in today's information society.
The Ph.D. program offers students ongoing opportunities for close interaction with outstanding faculty who have international reputations in their areas of research; a carefully designed doctoral curriculum with the flexibility to allow students to pursue individual academic and career goals; and the vast academic resources of OU itself, capable of supporting sophisticated, interdisciplinary, and innovative scholarly investigation.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to engage in creative research, ordinarily as part of a career in university teaching or in policymaking or consulting for corporate, non-profit, or governmental institutions, and in professional leadership for information institutions.
The goals of the Ph.D. program in information studies are below:
- To cultivate a community of students capable of conducting original, sustained, and effective research in the field of information studies and solving significant problems;
- To foster students to become catalysts for change and leading advocates for information products and services that effectively address the information needs of a diverse, pluralistic society in culturally responsible and sensitive ways; and
- To prepare students to educate the next generation of information professionals in a highly technological and information-based society