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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Information Studies and eSociety

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Information Studies and eSociety is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for work in: marketing, social media, libraries, editing, copywriting, public relations, online content creation, and communication. Students will examine their roles as content creators and consumers in a global society, critically engage with information, and communicate and collaborate across diverse populations and platforms. This program also provides university transfer options in addition to workforce preparedness.


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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Information Studies and eSociety (DEG)
Total Credits Required
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Students must earn a C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Apply the principles and theories of information creation, information seeking behaviors, and digital communications. (IFS201, IFS210, IFS213)
  • Analyze historical and cultural perspectives of information creation, access, and use. (IFS210, IFS213, [HU])
  • Articulate the roles of citizens as information creators and consumers in a sustainable global society. (IFS201, IFS210, IFS213, [SG], [SQ])
  • Create, implement, and modify a research plan to meet an information need. (IFS201, [FYC])
  • Critically evaluate information in a variety of formats for perspectives, gaps, and influence. (IFS201, IFS210, (CRE), [FYC], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Use information according to ethical, legal, copyright, and policy considerations. (IFS201, IFS210, IFS213, [FYC])
  • Practice collaborative working relationships across multiple platforms while taking into account communication opportunities and challenges. (IFS213, [HU])
  • Employ appropriate digital tools and media to create professional works in various mediums for diverse audiences. (IFS201, IFS210, IFS213)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
IFS201Information in a Post-Truth World3
IFS210Research in a Global Society3
IFS213Hacking and Open Source Culture3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-32
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on for course designations.
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by IFS201 in the Required Courses area
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.3
Recommended PSY230 Introduction to Statistics for the University of Arizona, Information Studies and eSociety Bachelor of Arts
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses from the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
Recommend EDU/HUM/STO292 The Art of Storytelling and ENH295 Banned Books and Censorship
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by IFS210 and IFS213 in the Required Courses area.
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on for course designations.
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by IFS210 in the Required Courses area
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on for course designations.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
IFS215Cultural Context of Health Information3
MKT110Marketing and Social Networking3
MCO120Media and Society3
POS210Political Ideologies3
PSY132Psychology and Culture3
SOC241Race and Ethnic Relations3
Recommended for University of Arizona, Information Studies and eSociety, Bachelor of Arts:
Completion of a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.0-20
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3

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