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Welcome to CDS
Welcome to CDS
CDS student works on a VR project
CDS student works on a VR project
CDS students present their research at the VACAS Conference
CDS students present their research at the VACAS Conference
CDS students video shoot in the Digital Garden (HCC)
CDS students video shoot in the Digital Garden (HCC)
CDS students present their work in a group presentation
CDS students present their work in a group presentation
CDS logo designed by Paige Marino, CDS major
CDS logo designed by Paige Marino, CDS major
Congratulations to the CDS Outstanding Major in 2021 – Madison Turner
Congratulations to the CDS Outstanding Major in 2021 – Madison Turner
13 Noah McKee
13 Noah McKee
11 Madyson May
11 Madyson May
2 Alyssa Brown
2 Alyssa Brown
Sally Burkley
Sally Burkley
12 Brianna McDowney
12 Brianna McDowney
16 Brandon Payton
16 Brandon Payton
20 Crystal Rose
20 Crystal Rose
7 Payton Creamer
7 Payton Creamer
VACAS Conference – student panel with faculty advisor
VACAS Conference – student panel with faculty advisor
17 Cadiann Trevino Pinto
17 Cadiann Trevino Pinto
9 Amanda Hummel
9 Amanda Hummel
10 Elizabeth Kardos
10 Elizabeth Kardos
19 Hena Rashid
19 Hena Rashid
21 Scott Smith
21 Scott Smith
14 Michael Messina
14 Michael Messina
1 Kuri Benitez
1 Kuri Benitez
15 Kenna Grace Pak
15 Kenna Grace Pak
3 Amber Brown
3 Amber Brown
8 Amber Harvey
8 Amber Harvey
4 Mandy Byrd
4 Mandy Byrd
18 Jessica Probst
18 Jessica Probst
CDS major presents his research
CDS major presents his research
CDS Film Festival – watching a video produced by a senior seminar
CDS Film Festival – watching a video produced by a senior seminar
CDS major offers a public speaking workshop
CDS major offers a public speaking workshop

Welcome to the Department of Communication and Digital Studies

Don’t miss the Spring 2022 CDS Showcase on YouTube. Videos will premiere between Tuesday, April 19th – Friday, April 22nd:

If you are interested in declaring the CDS major, or have questions about the major/department, please contact Dr. Anand Rao, CDS Department Chair (arao [at] umw.edu).

The Major in Communication and Digital Studies and the Minor in Digital Studies are two closely related programs that build on the digital teaching and learning that have made UMW a national leader in digital initiatives. Many of the courses available as requirements or electives in this minor build upon UMW’s distinctive approach to innovating with digital platforms, including projects such as UMW Blogs, UMW Domains, and the ThinkLab.

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For more information about either program, browse the pages here, consult the catalog, or contact Anand Rao (arao@umw.edu) or Zach Whalen (zwhalen@umw.edu).

For videos about CDS and UMW, see our page for prospective students.

For updates about courses, opportunities, and events, please join us on Facebook!

Our Mission Statement:

The Department of Communication and Digital Studies is dedicated to the understanding and interdisciplinary study of communication and digital studies, which is at the heart of the institution’s liberal arts mission. The department provides rigorous training and applied study for students to prepare them for philosophical, rhetorical, and ethical challenges in order to produce graduates who can communicate effectively in a global, diverse and digitally-connected society. The department also aims to provide students with a broad-based understanding of the inherent value of communication, fluency with digital methodologies, and responsible participation in digital cultures to purposeful citizenship, through its General Education courses.

 

Be sure to read about Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) the honor society for students in communication.

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Kim Carbajo's project for a "Rebuilding the Internet" assignment in Digital Studies 101. Read more about this sculpture and find more pictures at her blog.Kim Carbajo’s project for a “Rebuilding the Internet” assignment in Digital Studies 101. Read more about this sculpture and find more pictures at her blog.