Undergraduate Certificate

New! The ISS Certificate now has a 2.0 option! Students may fulfill some electives, and the Capstone requirement, through co-curricular experiences including internships and other digital project work with Bass Connections and other labs. Contact us for more information!

Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to study and create new information technologies and to analyze their impact on art, culture, science, commerce, society, policy, and the environment.


The Information Science + Studies (ISS) Undergraduate Certificate program offers students an interdisciplinary approach to study the nature of information and its impact on art, culture, science, commerce, society, and the environment. ISS helps students fill the gap between current academic training and the increasing demand in all professions for a broad understanding of the legal, social, philosophical, computational, and aesthetic issues concerning information technology and other related innovations. The program's integrated curriculum combines topics and practices including information management; photonics and visualization; multimedia design; issues of security, privacy, and property; and the history of science and technology.

ISS Learning Objectives:

  • Hands-on technology exploration combined with critical and analytical meta analyses of the technologies
  • Collaborative, student-driven original projects and research experiences
  • Course assignments with real-world translational applications that require the development of professional project skills, such as long-term project management, effective communication strategies, and a familiarity of a variety of information solutions and best practices.

No more than two courses that are counted toward the ISS Certificate may also satisfy the requirements of any major, minor, or other certificate program. (NOTE: Pratt students may count additional ISS courses toward their major elective requirements.) Only students who have officially declared their major may enroll in the program, although all students may take ISS courses on a first-come/first-served basis, with ISS certificate students having preference.

To declare an ISS Certificate, fill out the appropriate paperwork with the Registrar's Office then contact Victoria Szabo to schedule an advising session. Please complete an ISS Certificate Plan in advance of the session.