Overview

Communication and information technologies are transforming society, impacting a cross section of human activity far greater than any innovation since the printing press. Leaders in this nexus of technology and society require insight and expertise transcending the individual disciplines from which the underlying technologies and their applications arise.

The Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) PhD program at the University of Hawaiʻi was established in 1986 to meet this need. CIS was one of the first interdisciplinary programs of its nature, foreshadowing the recent trend of interdisciplinary information schools. It transitioned from a provisional to a permanent program in 1994.

 

CIS is sponsored by four units: The Department of Information and Computer Sciences and the Library and Information Science Program in the College of Natural Sciences, the School of Communications in the College of Social Sciences, and the Department of Information Technology Management in the Shidler College of Business. The program is unique at UH Manoa, crossing three colleges.

 

The CIS Ph.D. program participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This program allows students from participating states to receive reduced tuition rates at the University of Hawaiʻi. More information is available from WRGP and UH Graduate Division.


 

How to reach us:

The CIS Program Office is located in the basement of Hamilton Library (002C) inside the Library and Information Science administrative area.

Please email cischair@hawaii.edu to arrange a visit.

The office is closed when Hamilton Library is closed.

 

The CIS Chair is Liz Davidson (as of 8/1/2015); her contact information and office hours are:

cischair@hawaii.edu

office hours: by appointment

office location: E303e Shidler College of Business or CIS Program Office, Hamilton Library (002c)

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University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa- introductory video