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.
- AMST 204
- ARTS 104, 219, 226, 241A, 316, 341, 454
- COMM 353, 357, 460
- CPSC 106
- DGST 201, 301, 302, 303, 395, 483 (up to 3 credits), 491, 492
- ENGL 203, 245, 252, 253, 314, 345, 350, 359, 386, 451
- GEOG 250
- HISP 303A
- HIST 325, 427, 428, 449
- JOUR 300, 301
- MUTC 100, 170, 320, 330, 370
- PSCI 363, 450
- THEA 433, 481
Complete 3 credits (one course) from among the following options
- ARTS 454: Approaches to Video Art
- COMM 460: Digital Rhetoric
- DGST 491: Individual Study
- ENGL 451: Seminar in New Media
- HIST 427: History of the Information Age
- HIST 428: Digital History
- Any 491/492 (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.
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.