Requirements for the Communication and Digital Studies Major

The major includes thirty-six credits in communication and digital studies courses as follows, with Gen Ed designations noted in parentheses (other courses may carry other designations, check the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes for more information):

1) Communication Core (15 credits)

  • COMM 205: Public Speaking (Speaking Intensive; typically offered every semester)
  • COMM 206: Small Group Communication (Speaking Intensive, and often Beyond the Classroom; typically offered every semester)
  • COMM 340: Introduction to Rhetoric & Communication (typically Speaking Intensive; this is a prereq for COMM 341 and COMM 460 and is typically offered in fall semesters)
  • COMM 341: Communication Research Methods (Writing Intensive; COMM 340 is a prereq; typically offered in spring semesters)
  • COMM 460: Seminar in Digital Rhetoric (Writing Intensive, After Mary Washington; COMM 340 is a prereq; typically offered in spring semesters)

2) Digital Studies Core (9 credits)

  • DGST 101: Introduction to Digital Studies (Digital Intensive; this is a prereq for DGST 395 and is typically offered every semester)
  • one of:
    • ARTS 104: Digital Approaches to Fine Art (Digital Intensive)
    • CPSC 106: Digital Storytelling (Digital Intensive)
    • CPSC 110: Introduction to Computer Science (Digital Intensive)
  • DGST 395: Applied Digital Studies (DGST 101 is a prereq; typically offered every semester)

3) Electives (12 credits)

Four of the following, with at least two at the 300- or 400-level:

  • 100 and 200 level courses
    • ARTS 104: Digital Approaches to Fine Art (if not used in the Digital Studies Core)
    • ARTS 219: Digital Video Production
    • ARTS 226: Animation
    • COMM 209: Argumentation
    • CPSC 106: Digital Storytelling (if not used in the Digital Studies Core)
    • CPSC 110: Introduction to Computer Science (if not used in the Digital Studies Core)
    • DGST 201: Thinking, Hacking, and Making
    • ENGL 203: Writing with Digital Media
    • ENGL 245: Introduction to Film Studies
    • ENGL 252: Adaptation
    • ENGL 253: Games and Culture
    • MUTC 100: Technology for Musicians
    • MUTC 170: MIDI Composition
  • 300 and 400 level courses
    • ARTS 316: Experimental Documentary
    • ARTS 341: Multiple Imaging
    • ARTS 454: Approaches to Video Art
    • COMM 353: Visual Rhetoric
    • COMM 357: Social Media
    • COMM 370: Special Topics in Communication, including:
      • COMM 370S: Popular Culture
      • COMM 370T: Health Communication
      • COMM 370V: Hip-Hop Culture
      • COMM 370W: Professional Communication
      • COMM 370X: Media Law and Ethics
    • COMM 375: Not-For-Profit Communication Campaigns
    • COMM 376: Gender and Communication
    • COMM 491: Individual Studies in Communication
    • DGST 301: Special Topics in Digital Studies, including:
      • DGST 301E: Virtual and Augmented Reality
    • DGST 302: Creative Coding (effective Fall 2021)
    • DGST 303: Digital Media Studio (effective Fall 2021)
    • ENGL 314: The Literary Journal: Professional Practice in Publishing and Editing
    • ENGL 345: Film, Text, and Culture
    • ENGL 350: Electronic Literature
    • ENGL 359: Transmedia Fiction
    • ENGL 386: The Graphic Novel
    • ENGL 451: Seminar in New Media
    • HISP 303A: Archives and Society
    • HIST 325: Technology and Culture
    • HIST 427: History of the Information Age
    • HIST 428: Digital History
    • JOUR 300: Investigative Journalism (formerly ENGL 300)
    • JOUR 301: Magazine Journalism (formerly ENGL 301)
    • JOUR 380: Practicum in Journalism (up to three credits; effective Fall 2021)
    • MKTG 301: Principles of Marketing (effective Fall 2021)
    • MKTG 417: Digital Marketing (effective Fall 2021)
    • MUTC 320: Audio Recording
    • MUTC 330: Audio Production
    • MUTC 370: Electroacoustic Techniques
    • PSCI 363: Mass Media Politics
    • PSCI 450: U.S. Political Film
    • SPAN 413: Advanced Writing
    • Individual Study – up to three credits in COMM 491, COMM 492, DGST 491, DGST 492, or JOUR 491.
    • Internship – up to three credits in COMM 499 or JOUR 499.