The Major in Communication and Digital Studies is a unique program that combines an innovative core of communication courses with the Minor in Digital Studies to build on the digital teaching and learning that have made UMW a national leader in digital initiatives in the liberal arts. 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 Domains, UMW Blogs, the Digital Knowledge Centerand the ThinkLab, and graduates of the CDS major and Digital Studies are well prepared for the philosophical, rhetorical, and ethical challenges in a variety of digitally intensive careers.

For more information about either program, consult our FAQ, visit the UMW catalog page, use our contact form, or contact Professor Anand Rao ( or Zach Whalen (

Fall 2015 Courses

The list of courses meeting Digital Studies credit for Fall 2015 are now listed here on the website. As students prepare for their Fall registration, refer to this list to find appropriate courses, and please note as you do that some courses listed here will not be reflected in the course catalog until this Fall. They will, count, however. As a Digital Studies minor (or just someone interested in the program), you may be interested to know that there will be a new major offered this Fall, "Communication and Digital Studies." This new program will allow us to develop some new classes and other curricular structures, so it's an exciting opportunity to develop UMW's digital curriculum. The "Digital Studies" component of the new major will work closely with the curriculum from the minor, so if you've been taking classes toward the minor, you may also find that you're pretty well on your way to finishing this major. It may even make sense to switch to the major. If that's something … [Read more...]

Courses available for Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 schedule of courses is now available on the registrar's website, and students should begin making plans for their spring schedules. For the convenience of students completing or even just considering the Minor in Digital Studies, I've created a list of Spring 2015 electives, including their catalog descriptions and schedule options. Graduating seniors who still need to complete your capstone may notice that neither of the usual options is offered this coming semester. That's OK! You can still complete your requirement in one of two ways: complete an independent study, or make your case to me (in writing) that some other course should count as your capstone. An independent study is typically a course in a major discipline, such as ENGL 491 for English, and departments will have different requirements, expectations and processes for setting up these courses. Generally, students design their own course of study and a faculty member supervises their work. If you have any … [Read more...]