Program Requirements

Requirements for the B.A. in Digital Technology & Culture

The DTC major requires 42 credits, divided among foundational, interdisciplinary, and a focused study in one of two areas—Multimedia Authoring & Knowledge Management & Production. Below are the requirements for the major.

Part I. Core Courses (27 Credits)

Core 1 Courses
These courses represent "foundational" courses ALL majors must take in order to graduate. Students must take ALL six courses (18 credits):

  • DTC 355 Multimedia Authoring
  • DTC 375 Language, Texts, and Technology
  • DTC 475 Digital Diversity
  • DTC 356 Electronic Research and the Rhetoric of Information
  • FA 332 Introduction to Digital Media I or FA 333 Introduction to Digital Media II*
  • MIS 250 Introduction to Information Systems

Core 2 Courses
These courses represent the "interdisciplinary" focus in the liberal arts. Students must take THREE of the following (9 credits):

  • ANTH 301 Arts and Media in Global Perspective
  • ANTH 330 Origins of Culture and Civilizations
  • ANTH 350 Speech, Thought, and Culture
  • CS 402 Social and Professional Issues in Computer Science
  • ENGL 339 Topics in Film as Literature
  • ENGL 342 Documentary Film Theory and Production
  • ENGL 361 Everyday Rhetorics
  • ENGL 402 Technical and Professional Writing
  • FA 331 Art, Science, and Technology
  • FA 380 History of Photography
  • FORL 410 Issues in Foreign Film and Literature
  • HIST 381 Science in Western Civilization through Newton
  • HIST 382 Science in Western Civilization from Newton to Einstein
  • HIST 400 History in Media
  • HIST 483 Technology and Social Change
  • POL S 317 Media and Politics
  • PSYCH 384 Sensation and Perception
  • SOC 372 Sociology of Film
  • SOC 373 Media, Culture, and Society
  • SOC 430 Society and Technology

Part 2. Concentrations
Concentrations provide students with a focused program of study. Students choose ONE CONCENTRATION and take at least four courses from those offered in that Concentration (12 credits):

Concentration 1: Media Authoring (12 credits)
This concentration is a collaboration between the CMDC Program and the Department of Fine Arts, resulting in an education in the "media arts," such as interactive design, web development, video production, and animation art, as well as GPS and mobile app design:

  • DTC 335 Digital Animation: Story, Narration, and Production
  • DTC 336 Composition and Design
  • DTC 338 Topics in Digital Technology and Culture
  • DTC 354 Digital Storytelling
  • DTC 477 Advanced Multimedia Authoring
  • DTC 478 Usability and Interface Design
  • FA 331 Art, Science, and Technology
  • FA 332 Introduction to Digital Media I*
  • FA 333 Introduction to Digital Media II*
  • FA 363 Special Topics
  • FA 385 Digital Imaging
  • FA 433 Print Based Media
  • FA 434 Time Based Media
  • MUS 364 Introduction to Sound Recording Technology
  • MUS 452 Electronic Music

*These courses require FA 102 as a pre-requisite.

Concentration 2: Knowledge Management and Production (12 credits)
This concentration is a collaboration between the CMDC Program and both the College of Business and the School of Engineering and Computer Science, resulting in an education in "information arts," such as electronic archiving and curating, networking, human-computer interface, dynamic database development, and e-Marketing:

  • CS 443 Computer-Human Interface
  • DTC 338 Topics in Digital Technology and Culture
  • HIST 438 Topics in Public History
  • MIS 322 Systems Analysis and Design
  • MIS 372 Data Management Systems
  • MIS 374 Telecommunications and Networking in Business
  • MIS 375 Electronic Commerce and the Internet

Part 3. Senior Seminar
Students must complete DTC 476 Digital Literacies (also known as "The Senior Seminar"). This course should be taken during the final semester before graduation. (3-6 credits)


Requirements for a Minor and Concentration in Digital Technology & Culture

The CMDC Program also offers a minor and a concentration for students in other disciplines who wish to augment their degree with knowledge of digital technologies. A student may certify with a DTC minor after the completion of 60 semester hours. For the DTC minor, a minimum of 18 semester hours of course work. The following three courses (9 credits) are required for ALL minors:

  • DTC 355 Multimedia Authoring
  • DTC 375 Language, Text, and Technology
  • FA 331 Art, Science, and Technology

Students also must choose three additional courses (9 credits). We recommend:

  • DTC 336 Composition and Design
  • DTC 356 Electronic Research and the Rhetoric of Information
  • DTC 478 Usability & Interface Design
  • FA 332 Introduction to Digital Media I
  • FA 333 Introduction to Digital Media II
  • FA 363 Special Topics

Primary Concentration
The primary concentration requires the completion of at least 24 semester hours of approved DTC course work, including at least 15 upper division semester hours.

Secondary Concentration
The secondary concentration requires the completion of at least 15 semester hours of approved DTC course work, including at least six upper division semester hours.

Three of Our Program Specialities

Web & Mobile Design

HTML5, CSS3, JS, PHP, MySql, JQuery, etc.

Social Media / SEO

Digital marketing and search engine optimization

Games Studies & Design

with Unity, Unreal Engine, & Web Languages

Video

Watch a video made by a CMDC student for the 2015 "Game Changers" exhibit!