Digital Studies Minor

Zach Whalen, Program Director

Digital Studies Program

Affiliated Faculty 

Digital Studies engages students in the discovery, analysis, and creation of digital information and media. As an interdisciplinary minor, students will gain the academic and technological skills necessary to analyze information and communicate in an increasingly digital world.  The Digital Studies Minor requires an introductory course, a capstone course, and elective courses across disciplines of study that explore the creation and use of digital information and the related social, legal, cultural, epistemological, and historical issues. Students will gain technological skills necessary to critically research, evaluate, and produce digital information and new media. Through collaborative work with digital tools, students will produce new information resources and will apply digital technologies in meaningful ways across various disciplines of study. The capstone experience requires independent research, interdisciplinary analysis, technological skills, and the production of a publicly accessible digital studies or new media project.

The minor incorporates (among others) the disciplines of American studies, anthropology, art and art history, communication, computer science, English, historic preservation, history, Spanish, and political science from which students may select elective courses. The minor is open to students from any discipline in the arts and sciences, education, or business colleges at UMW.

Students interested in enrolling in the minor should contact the director of the Digital Studies minor for additional details.

Requirements for the Digital Studies Minor

Eighteen (18) credits to include one introductory class (DGST 101); twelve (12) credits from AMST 204; ARTS 104, 219, 241, 341, 454; COMM 353, 357; CPSC 106; DGST 201, 301, 395, 460, 483 (up to 3 credits); ENGL 203, 245, 252, 253, 300, 301, 314, 345, 350, 359, 386, 451; GEOG 250; HISP 303; HIST 300AA, 325, 427, 428, 449; MUTC 100, 170, 320, 330, 370; PSCI 363, 450; THEA 433, 481 or other courses as approved by the director, where the courses chosen reflect at least two disciplines with 6 credits at 300-level or higher; and a 3-credit capstone from COMM 460, ENGL 451, HIST 428; individual studies (491/492) or other courses as approved by the director.

Course Descriptions for the Disciplines in the Minor:

Studio Arts (ARTS)

Communication (COMM)

Computer Science (CPSC)

Digital Studies (DGST)

English (ENGL)

Historic Preservation (HISP)

History (HIST)

Music Technology (MUTC)

Political Science (PSCI)

Theatre (THEA)