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2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Mar 24, 2019
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Digital Studies Minor


Digital studies is the exploration and analysis of how data and contemporary technologies are used, as well as how these technologies are creatively applied. The program in digital studies enables students to evaluate social and political consequences of the flow of data in our lives, gain insight through information literacy, learn how computational and visualization tools are used, and apply these concepts in technologically rich environments.

There are two overarching goals of the minor, both oriented toward helping students navigate the increasingly digitized world that we inhabit. The first is to teach students the skills necessary to use digital skills and tools foundational to their careers, including data literacy, visualization, multimedia production, visual rhetoric, and design. The second is to gain the knowledge to critically assess digital culture, including the interrogation of social media, digital identity and representation, and exploring the ethical implications of digital access.

The minor in digital studies requires 21 credits and is designed to serve students from all disciplines since we are all connected within our digital world.

Requirements for a Minor in Digital Studies

Core Courses

All students minoring in digital studies are required to complete the following two courses:

Module Courses

All students minoring in digital studies are required to complete two courses from each of the following modules. Students must take two courses from different disciplines in the Digital Tools and Production module. Students must take at least one digital studies designated course in the Digital Culture module. With approval from the director of digital studies, students may complete DS 490 - Digital Studies Internship* in place of one of the two required module courses.

Capstone Requirements

All students minoring in digital studies are required to complete the capstone course:

  • DS 495 - Digital Studies Capstone Credits: 3