Informatics studies the design, application, use and impact of information technology.The ability to handle vast amounts of information cheaply has changed the way we live. Advances in computer power, the World Wide Web, search engines, social networking, mobile technology, geographic information systems, and large-scale collaborative initiatives, to name a few, have revolutionized the way knowledge is created and shared. Information has become a ubiquitous, indispensable component of our everyday lives, as we strive to manage information, create knowledge, and make decisions.

The study of informatics will teach you to become a better creator and user of computing technology and to think critically about technology’s role in society. Informatics addresses all of these issues and provides tools for handling them. Perhaps no other field will have a greater influence on humanity in this century.

A minor can diversify your educational portfolio and counterbalance or complement your major. The informatics minor signals that you have concrete expertise in computing and information technology and understand their human implications.

Technology companies realize that computer scientists cannot answer all their questions. These companies must also understand how humans engage with technology and interact with computers to be successful. Computer-savvy grads in all areas have an advantage, as most companies and research institutions depend on computing to advance their fields.