Requirements for the Digital Studies Minor

The Minor in Digital Studies requires interdisciplinary coursework that makes significant use of digital technology. The following outcomes describe a set of goals that a student pursuing this minor should expect to work toward by completing the required coursework:

  • Develop skills in designing, building and sharing ideas that can be expressed through the uniquely multimodal, procedural, and networked capabilities of digital tools.
  • Explore processes of knowledge production by using digital technology in researching, analyzing, and executing critical inquiry.
  • Build knowledge in contemporary and historical digital cultures, including social, ethical and philosophical issues related to technology.
  • Build, promote and sustain an active and engaged digital identity.

Students enrolling in this minor must complete a required introductory course, 12 elective credits, and an approved capstone. The electives must be in at least two different disciplines, and at least two must be at the 300-level or beyond.

Required Introductory Course

  • DGST 101: Introduction to Digital Studies (3 credits)

Electives in the Minor

Complete at least 12 credit (that is, about 4 courses) from the following list.

  • ARTS 104, 341, 454
  • COMM 353, 357
  • CPSC 106
  • DGST 201, 395, 483 (up to 3 credits)
  • ENGL 203, 245, 252, 253, 314, 345, 350, 359, 386, 451
  • HISP 303
  • HIST 300AA, 325, 427, 428
  • MUTC 100, 320, and 330
  • MUTH 170, 370
  • PSCI 363, 471A7
  • SPAN 413
  • THEA 433, 425B, 481

Capstone

Complete 3 credits (one course) from among the following options

  • HIST 428: Digital History
  • ENGL 451A: Seminar in New Media
  • Any 491 (Individual Study), with approval of the Program Director

Other courses (typically 400-level) may also meet the capstone requirement if approved by the Program Director.

Restrictions

Like any other minor program, Digital Studies comes with some basic restrictions:

  • The maximum degree of overlap permitted between Digital Studies and any other program (major or minor) is two courses
  • Digital Studies course can, however, also count toward meeting General Education requirements
  • A student must declare a major before declaring a minor.
  • A student must be enrolled in a major discipline in order to complete a minor.
  • No minor courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.