Jul 22, 2024  

Digital Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

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Associate Professor: Sample (Director)
Assistant Professor: Kabala
Postdoctoral Fellow: Shrout

The Digital Studies interdisciplinary minor provides a framework for studying the digital tools, cultures, and practices that permeate everyday life. These tools, cultures, and practices shape how we work, play, communicate, and learn. Understanding the social and historical contexts of these technologies is a fundamental part of Digital Studies.

Digital Studies courses range across three broad areas: digital creativity, which includes digital art and digital storytelling, transmedia production, and programming; digital culture, which focuses on the communities, practices, and counter-practices that digital technology has given rise to; and digital methodology, in which digital tools are used to quantitatively or qualitatively analyze, map, and share text or data.

Designed to complement majors in every department and program, Digital Studies (DIG) courses bridge usual distinctions between the sciences and the humanities, between empiricism and interpretation. Combining theory and practice, DIG courses foster liberal arts practices essential for the 21st century: procedural literacy, data awareness, network sensibilities, iterative design, digital citizenship, information preservation and sustainability, and the ethical use of technology. 


  1. The Digital Studies Interdisciplinary minor requires six courses, including an introductory class and a 400-level seminar:
    1. DIG 101 Introduction to Digital Studies           
    2. One additional 100-, 200- or 300-level DIG course, which includes the following:
      1. DIG 120 Programming in the Humanities (= CSC 120)        
      2. DIG 210 Data Culture      
      3. DIG 215 Death in the Digital Age      
      4. DIG 220 Electronic Literature     
      5. DIG 270 Digital Storytelling (= ART 270)     
      6. DIG 333 Digital 3D Studio    
      7. DIG 340 Gender and Technology     
      8. DIG 350 History & Future of the Book     
      9. DIG 360 Digital Maps, Space, and Place      ​ 
    3. Three electives related to digital culture, digital creativity, or digital methodology that foster skills and knowledge transferrable across disciplines.  These electives may include any other DIG courses above, any of the approved courses below, or any combination thereof:
      1. ANT 261 Science, Policy, and Society    
      2. ANT 291 Digital Anthropology   
      3. ANT 372 Visualizing Anthropology   
      4. ANT 377 Imaging the Earth     
      5. ART 211 Introduction to Digital Art    
      6. ART 311 Advanced Digital Art   
      7. BIO 256 Applied Insect Ecology  
      8. COM 315 Media Effects (= SOC 315)  
      9. (Only one of these CSC electives can count toward the interdisciplinary minor; none can count if DIG 120 is taken.)
        1. CSC 108 Explorations in Computer Science  
        2. CSC 121 Programming and Problem Solving  
        3. CSC 200 Computational Physics (= PHY 200)  
        4. CSC 209 Bioinformatics Programming (= BIO 209)  
      10. ECO 316 Computational Economics  
      11. ENG 110 Course list for Introduction to Literature  (Only Media and Community counts.)
      12. ENG 201 Professional Writing  (Only this topic counts.)
      13. ENG 473 Seminar: Picturing Texts, Making Media  
      14. FMS 321 Interactive Digital Narratives  
      15. HIS 245 Digital History of Early American Knowledge  
      16. HIS 264 - The Digital Mexican Revolution     
      17. MUS 265 Introduction to Digital Music Composition  
      18. MUS 385 Video Game Music  
      19. PHY 397 Independent Study in Advanced Software Development in Science (= CSC 397)  
      20. Note:  Additional courses emphasizing digital tools, digital practices, or digital culture may be added to this list, pending approval from the Digital Studies Advisory Committee.  
    4. A 400-level DIG Seminar (at least one offered every spring.)
  2. No more than two courses may count toward both the student’s major and the Digital Studies Interdisciplinary minor.
  3. No more than one elective may be an independent study.

Application Procedure

The Digital Studies interdisciplinary minor is administered by the Digital Studies Advisory Committee. The faculty liaison is Dr. Mark Sample. To declare a Digital Studies interdisciplinary minor, students should meet with Dr. Sample by the last day of fall semester of the junior year. The student and faculty liaison will discuss courses used to satisfy the requirements. If one of the proposed electives is an independent study, the student shall provide for the Advisory Committee’s approval a written description of that course prior to the term of enrollment. Certification of completion of all the requirements for the interdisciplinary concentration is made by the Registrar upon the recommendation of the Digital Studies Advisory Committee.

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