The minor in Digital Studies explores the rich potential of digital media for critical analysis and creative discovery.
Learning the exciting and dynamic potential of a broad array of tools and technologies, students create innovative projects, from photo essays to web-based documentaries, from interactive videos to sophisticated websites, and from typography in motion to 3-D visualizations. Elective courses explore media for social change, the ethics of virtual worlds, transmedia expression and more, allowing students to use media in pursuit of their own interests and to enhance their major.
All digital studies courses combine theory and practice in lab-based seminars featuring hands-on tutorials to support students in producing sophisticated media-rich work. Participants in this minor gain powerful skills useful in future endeavors within or beyond academia, where the ability to work effectively with media is a crucial job skill.
Students may choose to earn an Honors designation by completing the Honors Minor Track. This track includes 6 additional units of required course work, culminating in a capstone thesis during the student’s final year. Thesis projects are expected to integrate both theory and interdisciplinarity into the practice of media scholarship; for this reason, honors courses include discussion of historical and theoretical material, instruction in basic research practices, as well as opportunities to develop additional skills in media authorship, collaboration, leadership and creative thinking.