Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the IRS unique?
A Bachelor of Science in Information Resource Studies degree is an integrated studies major that is composed of six general areas: Communication, Organizational Studies, Psychology/Sociology, Research Methods, Information Resources, and Information Technology. In addition you can combine the IRS degree with many other majors or minors to create strong areas of specialization.
What type of students enter this program?
This program is for those who:
Like working with people
Are comfortable with computer technology
Have good communication skills
Enjoy the challenge of searching for answers and solving problems
Want to work in a dynamic 21st century field
The Bachelor of Science in Information Resource Studies teaches students to understand the value of information to society, to organizations, and to individual professionals. Students are prepared to analyze the information needs of individuals and organizations and to design and manage information systems that meet specific needs.
Why is this degree different from other BS degrees?
What distinguishes this degree from related degrees in management and computer science is the emphasis on information on all its forms (words, numbers, pictures, sounds) and on applying information technology to help people and organizations solve important problems.
It also requires the practical experience of a practicum at the end of the program. You will have and opportunity to put to work the skills and knowledge from classes in a real-life situation. Recent students have done their practicum in libraries, a web design unit, and a sports information department.
What are some of the career paths that are available?
This degree allows you a wide range of career paths because you gain so many skills due to the integrated nature of the program. Careers such as: Information Designer, Online Researcher, Market Researcher, Office Automator, Database Design Architect, Internet Site Architect, Information Services Manager, Database Design Analyst, and Library Assistant. For more details about possible careers, please visit Career Opportunities.
Who is eligible for admission?
Students who have earned credit hours from a two- or four-year accredited institution, predominately in liberal arts/general education are eligible for admission. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Please note that it is possible to be admitted into the program, while concurrently working on meeting the general education requirements.
How long will it take to complete the program?
The typical student takes three to four courses per semester. How long it takes to complete the program depends on how many courses you have prior to beginning the program and on how well you do with your courses.
How competitive is tuition?
Course costs are very competitive. Emporia State University tuition and fees are often provided at a lower cost than similar programs across the United States.
For current tuition and fee costs for the online program, please visit: Tuition and Fees.
What determines success in IRS?
Responsibility, commitment, and discipline to keep up with the flow of the process; motivation to learn, meet challenges and work with computer technology will determine your success in this 21st century field.
Can I take courses online?
How about distance learning?
Many of the courses needed for the major are online. However, at this time the program still requires some face-to-face coursework at the Emporia campus. If you are at a distance you can work with the IRS office to create a program tailored to meet your specific needs to complete the program. You can transfer up to 90 credit hours from another college or university to Emporia State University. Depending on your own unique situation, the hours needed to be completed at the Emporia campus will vary. Be sure to visit the Distance Education for more distance learning information.
What student services are available?
- Admissions counselors are available to provide timely degree analysis information including information about transfer credits prior to making application to the program.
- Advising by full-time professors
- Online Registration
- Library online resources
- Financial Aid and Grants
- Help Desk for Internet Courses
- Career Services
- Online Grades through Buzz In
Is there someone that I can talk to about this?
You can contact Dr. Susan Kendrick at (620) 341-5583 or you can email BIS-IRS@emporia.edu.