Social informatics provides students with an understanding of the social contexts of information technology creation and use, as well as the effects of IT on society. The classes in this track help prepare students to use information technologies in both work and leisure contexts. This track is particularly useful for students who have a good grounding in the more technical aspects of information technologies and want to increase their ability to understanding the applications and implications of these technologies. By understanding the social influences on and social consequences of information and communications technoloiges, like tablets, PDAs, and cell phones, students will be prepared for careers that emphasize technology design and management.
Within the broad area of social informatics, students may specialize in a particular area. Several examples are provided below.