Digital Studies

Coding with Creativity and Analysis with Design: an Interdisciplinary Program.

This certificate program combines digital media design, coding for the web, and applied research in the digital humanities. In pursuing the certificate, students will learn to make optimal design decisions for effective display on the multiple platforms and devices that access the World Wide Web. Students will design digital art and narrative, build digital research tools for public access, and gain certification in computer skills documented on their diplomas. 

The coursework for the certificate is easily combined with majors in Visual and Performing Arts, English Literature, Communication, Creative and Professional Writing, and History, as well as Information Technology and Information Systems, and many others. There are no extra costs for pursuing this certificate, and many of the courses also fulfill general education requirements toward graduation. To complete the certificate students create a digital portfolio of projects to share evidence of their digital skills with potential employers and graduate programs.

Students complete six courses (18 credits): two core courses and four other elective classes. The two core courses involve experience in both digital research and digital presentation on the web. The electives are divided into "R" (digital research) and "P" ("project presentation") courses, and students must take at least one of each kind. The two other courses may be any from the lists below, or another course subject to approval by the faculty committee supervising Digital Studies. (To be approved by the committee, the main projects for the course must combine the learning and application of computing technology with another discipline.)

Core Courses

All students who pursue the certificate must take the following:

COMMRC 1012 / ENGWRT 1012 Digital Storytelling I        digital narrative projects: blogs, podcasts, photo and sound essays

and either one of the following two:

HUMAN 1030 / SOCSCI 1031 Coding and Digital Archives

intro to coding and markup (XML and related), 
design and publish digital archives and visuals on the web

HUMAN 1050 / SOCSCI 1051

Coding and Data Visualization

alternative intro to coding and markup (XML and related), 
data extraction and analysis, graphs, geographic and image mapping

Elective Courses

Students choose at least one course marked "R," at least one marked "P," and any other two from either the core or elective list:

COMMRC 1022 / ENGWRT 1022 Digital Storytelling II P advanced-level, follow-up course to Digital Storytelling 1, involves in-depth personal digital narrative or immersion project. Prereq: COMMRC 1012 / ENGWRT 1012
COMMRC 0570 Independent Film P digital video production in the library's digital media lab
COMMRC 1020 Digital Media Studies P critical study and building of digital media with existing web-based tools
COMMRC 1152 Digital and Professional Communication   study digital communication and ethical issues in professional contexts, including the use of e-mail and digital personae
CS 0134 Web Site Design and Development P build and maintain a simple to moderately complex web site, using current standard Web page language (XHTML and CSS) and the aid of an internet editor
ENGLIT 1175 Nineteeenth-Century British Literature R complete a series of digital assignments for annotating poetry on the web
ENGLIT 1552 History of the English Language R major project involves research in full-text electronic databases of texts from the fifteenth century to the present and an introduction to OCR transcription
ENGWRT 1331 Magazine 1 P combine digital storytelling techniques with traditional prose: photo essays, illustrations, video or audio supplements accompany written stories
ENGWRT 1415 Topics in Nonfiction: Travel Writing P travel writing with digital storytelling techniques (photo essays, illustrations, video or audio supplements)
INFSCI ____ Information Literacy R introduction to intelligent information retrieval from the Web and databases
MUSIC / SOC 1270 Music, Culture, and Technology R study the cultural impact of digital music with music information retrieval science: requires learning to use MIRS datasets (SALAMI)

 

Committee for Digital Studies