Course Descriptions

DS 201 Digital Identities and Communities
Students will reflect on their participation in digital cultures and communities to examine the structure and function of digital environments. They will explore how digital platforms inform and are informed by self-understanding, identity performance, community membership, and material experiences. Gen. Ed course. Fulfills Foundations - Social and Behavioral Sciences.

DS 202 Digital Data and Design
Students will gain a fundamental understanding of how digital data is collected, analyzed, and visualized/represented on various platforms. They will learn to locate and assess sources of data, and effectively and ethically represent those data, using relevant communication tools.

DS 310 Digital Preservation and Archiving
Explores challenges in digitization and managing digital content over time. Analyzes the methods librarians, archivists, curators, and other information professionals use to preserve and make digital content accessible. Emphasizes the changing nature of digital content, digital loss and persistence, and how technology helps and hinders archiving and accessibility.

DS 314 Digital Literacies
Increasingly, literary production and consumption are occurring in digital spaces using digital tools. This course will foster students' abilities to critically interpret literary texts using digital tools. Students will study literary authorship, readership, and analysis from the inception of the printing press to the present. Gen. Ed course. Part of the Information, Innovation, or Technology Issue. Course is cross-listed with ENG 314. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

DS 330 Game Culture
An examination of digital games, design, and player and their roles in society and culture.  The course investigates purposes of games such as entertainment, education, defense, marketing, health, urban planning, and emergency management. Students explore game theory and how games shape and are shaped by culture, society, and exigency.

DS 335 Digital Media, Crime, and Culture
Examination of digital communication and media in relation to crime and victimization as it intersects with the United States and international criminal justice systems. Investigation of the use of digital spaces and media in relation to cultures of privacy, fraud, trafficking, emancipation, terror and perceptions of expanding and retracting democracy. Gen. Ed. course. Part of the Globalization Issue. Cross-listed with CJ 335. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

DS 340 Identity and Representation in Digital Culture
Students will examine the default norms of digital communication (e.g. whiteness, heterosexuality, binary gender) and explore intersectional identities online (e.g. race, class gender, sexuality, nationality, ability status). The course will investigate dominant and  marginalized communities' use of digital spaces and media, considering the ethics of online communication, research, and participation. Gen. Ed. course. Part of the Identity Issue. Prerequisite: Junior Standing

DS 350 Social Media in Culture
An examination of social media's role in shaping individuals and communities. Students evaluate how social media platforms express political, social, and cultural power. Students analyze how social media expands and limits conversations on issues concerning race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora. Gen Ed course. Part of the Information, Innovation, and Technology Issue. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

DS 360 Ethics of Digital Culture
This course will investigate the ethical concepts emerging alongside digital innovation. Students will explore topics such as (but not limited to) social media, issues of privacy and security, cyber warfare, virtual representation, and internet access, plagiarism, and sustainability.
Gen Ed course. Part of the Information, Innovation, and Technology Issue. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

DS 490 Digital Studies Internship
Internship experience in digital studies with individual faculty supervision focusing on either digital cultures or tools and production. An internship allows students the opportunity to apply theoretical digital studies knowledge to professional contexts. Course will include biweekly classroom discussion of assigned readings and workplace experiences. Prerequisite: Digital Studies Director permit required. 

DS 495 Digital Studies Capstone
A culminating course in which students will demonstrate conceptual understanding and creative abilities as they relate to digital studies.  Each student will complete a digital project and will reflect on their trajectory through the curriculum and how it relates to future goals.

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