The widespread influence of digital media in almost every aspect of contemporary life requires new literacy skills for understanding and using digital technologies. Regardless of their specialized major program, students will work and evolve in environments that increasingly rely on digital tools and platforms to create and share information. To address this need, the Digital Studies Minor provides ways for students from all disciplines to explore the role of digital tools and to become productive and ethical digital citizens.

Students must earn 21 credits to complete the minor. Focused on theory and practice, the Digital Studies curriculum helps students gain experience using digital tools and develop a complex understanding of digital cultures.  The curriculum covers topics such as:

  • Multimedia production
  • Social media
  • Ethics and digital culture
  • Design and data visualization
  • Data literacy
  • Digital identity and representation

You can find more information about the program and its requirements using the links at the top of this page. Contact us if you have any questions ([email protected]). The Digital Studies minor is a unit of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.


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For the complete 2022/2023 schedule, see: www.gvsu.edu/schedule


What Students Say about the Program

"The digital studies minor has given me new ways to use my skills to tell stories for communities and nonprofit organizations that I care deeply about. Understanding the tools and practices of our shared digital experiences is a condition for compassionate design." (Kathryn Atkinson, 2019).

"I can now inspect code to gain a basic understanding of how a site is built through programming language, which has allowed me to start thinking more about how websites but also the Internet operate on a deeper level." (Chelsea Best, 2019)

"Through the minor, I have learned how to operate a camera, code with HTML and CSS, implement proper web design, and much more. Not only have I learned different tools that will help me in my future career, I also learned how to use them ethically." (Hunter Burin, 2019)

"The minor has led me to become a more responsible digital citizen. We do not owe it to anyone to be easily reached and easily connected to. No one is entitled to our connectivity or our attention." (Taylor Lampar, 2019)

"Being introduced to diverse perspectives and learning new digital tools has enabled me to remain open-minded and empathetic on digital platforms." (Hailey Pieprzyk, 2019)

"The digital studies program encouraged me to pursue all of my varying passions at a time when I thought they only existed at odds with each other. I love writing, graphic design, web design, programming, art, sociology, history, and philosophy. The program’s focus on production and culture gave me not only the tools to shape the digital world, but the knowledge to understand how the digital world shapes us.” (Sarah Wood, 2019)

Banner for the digital studies program featuring the tagline "imagine, explore, create" with their respective icons, an image of a light bulb, a globe, and a computer mouse. The copy text reads " digital studies minor. A great addition to any major: 21 credits, an innovative and flexible curriculum. Relevant classes: social media in culture, digital data and design, game culture, and more. Digital Citizenship: hands-on learning. Skills for the 21st-century workplace."

Digital Skills Consultants

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Digital Skills Consultants are trained to help students with a variety of software, programs, and technology. Visit the Knowledge Market webpage to make an appointment. 

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