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Digital Studies Minor

Effective Winter 2018

Advising

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Digital Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with one of the department’s designated advisors.

Appointments with the respective advisor can be scheduled online at: https://lsa.umich.edu/digitalstudies/undergraduates/advising.html

Prerequisites

None.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 16
  1. Core Course: AMCULT 202: Digital Culture, ENGLISH 280: Introduction to Digital Cultures, or SAC 202: Introduction to Digital Media Studies (NOTE: Students can receive credit toward the minor for only one of AMCULT 202, ENGLISH 280, or SAC 202.)
  2. Electives: Four additional courses, three of which must be at the 300-level or above:
    • AMCULT 301: Topics in American Culture, section titled “Politics of Code”
    • AMCULT 334 / FTVM 334 / COMM 334: Race, U.S. Culture, and Digital Games
    • AMCULT / DIGITAL 347: Politics of Code (only if elected WN20 or later)
    • AMCULT 358: Topics in Digital Studies 
    • AMCULT / DIGITAL 360: Radical Digital Media (only if elected WN20 or later)
    • AMCULT 379: Privacy, Politics, Power
    • AMCULT / DIGITAL / SI 410: Ethics and Information Technology
    • AMCULT 498: Capstone Seminar in American Culture, sections titled “Race on the Internet” or "Fakes, Phonies, and Copies"
    • ANTHRCUL / HISTART 354: Art, Science, and Technology
    • ARTDES 200: Introductory Studios, section titled "Programming for Poets" 
    • ARTDES 372: Video Games 
    • ASIAN 282 / FTVM 282 / RCHUMS 283: Asia Goes Viral: Asian Pop Culture in the Age of Social Media
    • COMM 312: TV in a Digital Age
    • COMM 271: Communication Revolutions
    • COMM 315: Critical Approaches to the Internet
    • COMM 334 / AMCULT 334 / FTVM 334: Race, U.S. Culture, and Digital Games
    • COMM 350: The Rise of Mass Culture
    • COMM 362: Digital Media Foundations
    • COMM 365: Visual Culture and Visual Literacy
    • COMM 418: Designing Web Research
    • COMM 423: Computer Mediated Communication
    • COMM 424: Race, Gender and New Media 
    • COMM 425: Internet, Society and the Law
    • COMM 461: Visuality and New Media 
    • DIGITAL / AMCULT / SI 410: Ethics and Information Technology
    • EDUC 222: Video Games and Learning 
    • EDUC 333: Video Games and Learning
    • ENGLISH 216: Narrating Disability Cultures
    • ENGLISH 403: Topics in Language and Rhetorical Studies, section titled “Digital Rhetorics”
    • ENGLISH 420: Technology and the Humanities
    • FTVM 202: Intro to Digital Studies Media
    • FTVM 282 / RCHUMS 283 / ASIAN 282: Asia Goes Viral: Asian Pop Culture in the Age of Social Media
    • FTVM 334 / AMCULT 334 /COMM 334: Race, U.S. Culture, and Digital Games
    • FTVM 354: New Media History
    • FTVM 367: Digital Media and Identity
    • FTVM 368: Topics in Digital Media Studies, section titled “Video Games as Culture / Form” and “Virtuality and Digital Identity”
    • FTVM 376: New Media Theory
    • HISTORY 379 / RCSSCI 379 / SI 379: History of Computers and the Internet
    • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
    • RCHUMS 283 / FTVM  282 / ASIAN 282: Asia Goes Viral: Asian Pop Culture in the Age of Social Media
    • RCSSCI 379 / HISTORY 379 / SI 379: History of Computers and the Internet
    • SI 315: Interpersonal and Psychological Implications of Social Media
    • SI 379 / RCSSCI 379 / HISTORY 379: History of Computers and the Internet
    • SI / AMCULT / DIGITAL 410: Ethics and Information Technology 
    • SI 429: Online Communities:  Analysis and Design of Online Interaction
    • SOC 295: Topics in Sociology, section titled "Soc Life in the Digital World"
    • WRITING 200: New Media Writing 
    • WRITING 201: New Media Writing Mini-Course 

    Other courses as approved by the department advisor.

 

Digital Studies (Minor) (Winter 2015 - Fall 2017)

Effective Winter 2015

Advising

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Digital Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with one of the department’s designated advisors.

Appointments with the respective advisor can be scheduled online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/ac/undergraduate/advising

Prerequisites

None.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 16
  1. Core Course: AMCULT 202: Digital Culture
  2. Electives: Four additional courses, three of which must be at the 300-level or above:
    • AMCULT 301: Topics in American Culture, section titled “Politics of Code”
    • AMCULT 334 / FTVM (SAC) 334 / COMM 334: Race, U.S. Culture, and Digital Games
    • AMCULT 358: Topics in Digital Studies  (only if elected Winter 2017 or later) 
    • AMCULT/SI 410: Ethics and Technology (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • AMCULT 498: Capstone Seminar in American Culture, section titled “Race on the Internet”
    • ANTHRCUL / HISTART 354: Art, Science, and Technology  (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • ARTDES 200: Introductory Studios, section titled "Programming for Poets" 
    • ARTDES 372: Video Games 
    • ASIAN 282 / SAC 282 / RCHUMS 283: Asia Goes Viral: Asian Pop Culture in the Age of Social Media
    • COMM 271: Communication Revolutions
    • COMM 312: TV in a Digital Age (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • COMM 315: Critical Approaches to the Internet
    • COMM 334 / AMCULT 334 / FTVM (SAC) 334: Race, U.S. Culture, and Digital Games
    • COMM 350: The Rise of Mass Culture
    • COMM 362: Digital Media Foundations
    • COMM 365: Visual Culture and Visual Literacy
    • COMM 418: Designing Web Research
    • COMM 423: Computer Mediated Communication
    • COMM 424: Race, Gender and New Media 
    • COMM 425: Internet, Society and the Law (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • COMM 461: Visuality and New Media 
    • EDUC 222: Video Games and Learning 
    • EDUC 333: Video Games and Learning  (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • ENGLISH 216: Narrating Disability Cultures (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • ENGLISH 280: Introduction to Digital Cultures 
    • ENGLISH 403: Topics in Language and Rhetorical Studies, section titled “Digital Rhetorics”
    • ENGLISH 420: Technology and the Humanities (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • HISTORY 379 / RCSSCI 379 / SI 379: History of Computers and the Internet
    • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • RCHUMS 283 / FTVM (SAC) 282 / ASIAN 282: Asia Goes Viral: Asian Pop Culture in the Age of Social Media
    • RCSSCI 379 / HISTORY 379 / SI 379: History of Computers and the Internet
    • FTVM (SAC) 202: Intro to Digital Media Studies (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • FTVM (SAC) 282 / RCHUMS 283 / ASIAN 282: Asia Goes Viral: Asian Pop Culture in the Age of Social Media
    • FTVM (SAC) 334 / AMCULT 334 /COMM 334: Race, U.S. Culture, and Digital Games
    • FTVM (SAC) 354: New Media History (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • FTVM (SAC) 367: Digital Media and Identity (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • FTVM (SAC) 368: Topics in Digital Media Studies, section titled “Video Games as Culture / Form” and “Virtuality and Digital Identity”
    • FTVM (SAC) 376: New Media Theory  (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • SI 315: Interpersonal and Psychological Implications of Social Media (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • SI 379 / RCSSCI 379 / HISTORY 379: History of Computers and the Internet
    • SI / AMCULT 410: Ethics and Information Technology (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • SI 429: eCommunities: Analysis and Design of Online Interaction  (only if elected Winter 2017 or later)
    • WRITING 200: New Media Writing 
    • WRITING 201: New Media Writing Mini-Course 

    Other courses as approved by the department advisor.

Digital Studies Minor (Winter 2014-Fall 2014)

Effective Winter 2014-Fall 2014

Digital Studies encompasses new and diverse practices and methodologies immediately relevant to contemporary concerns. The field includes scholars who create digital archives, analyze on-line materials, and / or disseminate text, image, and video using new platforms and computational tools. Other academics study the everyday practice of digital culture in specific cultural contexts. Rapid technological transformations are altering our expectations for engaged citizenship and civic practices as well as scholarly research and publishing.

The Digital Studies minor is aimed at students with academic interests in the role that digital media play in U.S. culture, history, and media, and provides students with the methods and tools for studying, analyzing, and writing about their everyday engagements with electronic forms of community and culture in the U.S. The courses offer both humanistic and social scientific approaches to the study of all things digital.

Students can use the Digital Studies minor to supplement and make more coherent their understanding of the knowledge formed in a traditional discipline. As digital media use becomes ubiquitous and an increasingly important driver of the U.S. economy, as well as a cultural force in its own right, students in History, Women’s Studies, English, African-American and other Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Communication Studies, Sociology, and Screen Arts & Cultures find themselves attracted to the topic as a way to engage with their main areas of study. For instance, students with interests in digital media, history, and culture who wish to focus on topics not consistently covered in a traditional humanities or social science discipline can enhance and deepen their work in another major by taking a systematic supplement of courses in Digital Studies. An appropriate student for the Digital Studies minor may be putting together an ensemble of courses focusing on, for example, digital economies and intellectual property debates; digital labor, race, gender and identity in online spaces; algorithmic cultures and computing history; digital games studies; online communities; shifting distribution channels.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Digital Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with one of the department’s designated advisors.

Prerequisites to the Minor

None

Requirements for the Minor: 

A minimum of 16 credits, to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  1. Core Course: AMCULT 202 Digital Culture
  2. Electives: Four additional courses at the 300-level or above:
    • AMCULT 301 Digital Histories of America
    • AMCULT 301 Topics in American Culture, section titled “Politics of Code”
    • AMCULT 334 / SAC 334 / COMM 334 Race, U.S. Culture, and Digital Games
    • AMCULT 498 Capstone Seminar in American Culture, sections titled “Numbers and Stories in American Experiences” and “Race on the Internet”
    • ASIAN 282 / SAC 282 / RCHUMS 283 Asia Goes Viral: Asian Pop Culture in the Age of Social Media
    • COMM 271 Communication Revolutions
    • COMM 315 Critical Approaches to the Internet
    • COMM 334 / AMCULT 334 / SAC 334 Race, U.S. Culture, and Digital Games
    • COMM 350 The Rise of Mass Culture
    • COMM 362 Digital Media Foundations
    • COMM 365 Visual Culture and Visual Literacy
    • COMM 418 Designing Web Research
    • COMM 423 Computer Mediated Communication
    • COMM 424 Race, Gender and New Media (effective Winter 2015, retroactive to Winter 2014)
    • COMM 425 Internet, Society and the Law
    • ENGLISH 280 Introduction to Digital Cultures (effective Winter 2015, retroactive to Winter 2014)
    • ENGLISH 403 Topics in Language and Rhetorical Studies, section titled “Digital Rhetorics”
    • ENGLISH 420 Technology and the Humanities
    • HISTORY 379 / RCSSCI 379 / SI 379 History of Computers and the Internet
    • RCHUMS 283 / SAC 282 / ASIAN 282 Asia Goes Viral: Asian Pop Culture in the Age of Social Media
    • RCSSCI 379 / HISTORY 379 / SI 379 History of Computers and the Internet
    • SAC 282 / RCHUMS 283 / ASIAN 282 Asia Goes Viral: Asian Pop Culture in the Age of Social Media
    • SAC 334 / AMCULT 334 /COMM 334 Race, U.S. Culture, andDigital Games
    • SAC 367 Introduction to Digital Media Studies
    • SAC 368 Topics in Digital Media Studies, section titled “Video Games as Culture / Form” and “Virtuality and Digital Identity”
    • SAC 376 New Media Theory
    • SI 379 / RCSSCI 379 / HISTORY 379 History of Computers and the Internet
    • SI 429 eCommunities: Analysis and Design of Online Interaction (effective Winter 2015, retroactive to Winter 2014)
    • WRITING 200 New Media Writing (effective Winter 2015, retroactive to Winter 2014)
    • WRITING 201 New Media Writing Mini-Course (effective Winter 2015, retroactive to Winter 2014)
  3. Other courses as approved by the department advisor.