So Many Choices, So Little Time! How to Nail Down Your Spring 2018 Class Schedule

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 by Priscilla Ameneyro

Can you believe it’s time to start thinking about your classes for Spring already? With the Fall semester over half-way through, and registration right around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with you the exciting array of options and my tips for helping you decide which classes to take. Next semester is shaping up to offer more variety and flexibility than ever!

Getting Started
First thing’s first, remember that the core courses, INFO 200, 202, 203 and 204, are all prerequisites for the other courses. Once you’ve completed those, you can take just about anything you want. You’re also required to take INFO 285: Research Methods and either INFO 298: E-portfolio or INFO 299: Thesis in your final semester. Carefully consider your course load as well, weighing when you plan to graduate with your other commitments like work and family.

Now that you know what required classes you still need to take and how many units you plan to do, you can browse the Spring 2018 Class Schedules to your heart’s content. Note the dates, number of units and if there are any synchronous attendance requirements. The sheer volume of options, especially if you are a Special Session student, can be a bit overwhelming. Take a look at the Career Pathways for inspiration and to narrow it down by the career area you are interested in. There are plenty of one and two unit options so you can take a diverse range of classes and spread your knowledge. Found a class that catches your eye? Read the course syllabus and find out more about the professor by going to the faculty pages.

Build Your Skills
In my last post going over some of the highlights of the Fall 2017 Director’s Forum, I shared the MLIS Skills at Work snapshot (keep reading for a neat opportunity to work on next year’s report). To develop the report, hundreds of LIS job postings were analyzed to see what employers are looking for. Here’s a reminder of Dr. Hirsh’s top class picks for next semester that build some of the most in-demand skills discovered in the report:

  • INFO 281 Digital Copyright (one unit)
  • INFO 281 Intercultural Communications (two units)
  • INFO 282 Crisis Management (one unit)
  • INFO 282 Political Advocacy (one unit)
  • INFO 282 Digital Asset Management (three units)
  • INFO 284 Enterprise Content Management & Digital Preservation (two units)
  • INFO 287 Library Services in the Digital Age (3 units)

Dr. Hirsh also strongly recommended doing an internship. If you want to do an internship for Spring, check out the orientation and get started applying right away! You can use the internship database to find on-site and virtual internships for next semester.

New Classes
I’m excited to share with you classes being offered for the very first time in Spring:

  • INFO 220-11 Legal Resources (two units), runs from January 24 - March 23
  • MARA 284 Advocacy and the Professional Image of Archivists in Popular Culture (one unit), dates TBD
  • INFO 282-17 Crisis Management: the Expanding Role of Information Professionals (one unit), runs from January 31 - March 2
  • INFO 246-15 Web Frameworks with Bootstrap (one unit), runs from January 31 - March 2

INFO 298
If you’ve been keeping up with your email, you’ll know there are a couple of interesting opportunities out there for Spring. One of those is the chance to work on a Special Studies project involving the 2018 Emerging Career Trends for Information Professionals: a Snapshot of Job Postings report. You would work with Kim Dority to research and compile the report. You’ll need excellent research, analytical and data management skills. Those interested should email kimdority@gkdority.com describing why you would be a good fit, and include a copy of your unofficial transcript.

WISE
You also have the opportunity to take courses from the University of Pittsburgh in Spring through the WISE program. Web Based Information Science Education (WISE) allows SJSU School of Information students to take online classes from other ALA accredited institutions. For Spring, you can choose from the following three-unit courses:

If you are interested in any of these classes, you’ll need to fill out this form by November 1, and be aware there are pre-requisites.

Wildcards
Another interesting option is French 102B Francophone Cultures through Literature and Cinema (three units). Taught by Dr. Jean-Luc Desalvo, the goals of this interdisciplinary course are for students to “understand and appreciate the distinctive modality of Western culture created by French-speaking peoples of the world through the study and analysis of primary source materials (literary texts and film).” World Languages are also offering Beginning Spanish in Spring 2018 for Special Session students. Request a spot by filling out this form.

Finally, take a peek at Dr. Main’s musings on Spring class offerings. Check for your enrollment appointment starting on October 31 for Regular Session students and November 7 for Special Session. My advice is to sign up as soon as you can to avoid being waitlisted. Summer schedules were just posted this week, too. Good luck, and I hope to see you in a class next semester!

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