The Digital Studies Interdisciplinary Minor at Davidson

Designed to complement majors in every department and program, the Digital Studies interdisciplinary minor bridges usual distinctions between the sciences and the humanities, between empiricism and interpretation.

Combining theory and practice, DIG courses foster liberal arts practices essential for the 21st century: procedural literacy, data awareness, network sensibilities, entrepreneurial thinking, digital citizenship, information preservation and sustainability, and the ethical use of technology.

The Digital Studies interdisciplinary minor provides a framework for studying the digital tools, cultures, and practices that permeate everyday life. These tools, cultures, and practices shape how we work, play, communicate and learn. Understanding the social and historical contexts of these technologies is a fundamental part of Digital Studies.

Digital Studies courses range across three broad areas: digital creativity, which includes digital art and digital storytelling, transmedia production, and programming; digital culture, which focuses on the communities, practices, and counter-practices that digital technology has given rise to; and digital methodology, in which digital tools are used to quantitatively or qualitatively analyze, map, and share text or data.

Courses You Might Take

ENG 296

Science Fiction and Technology

Instructor
Campbelll, S; Sample

In 2018, the Pew Research Center surveyed over 1,000 experts about their perspectives on how living in a technology-saturated world might impact human physical and mental well-being. The results were mixed, with 47% predicting more help…

DIG 245

Critical Web Design

Instructor
Mundy

In this course, students will learn to conceptualize, design, and program responsive websites as both an applied and creative practice. Through a combination of technical topics in interface design and development such as usability, coding in HTML, CSS…

ART 111

Introduction to Digital Art

Instructors
Dietrick, Eggleston

ART 111 is an introduction to digital art, both its history and production. Using sketches and found imagery, students will use the Adobe Creative Suite and open source software to produce 2D, 3D and 4D art. Through…

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Digital & Screen Media Major

Through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Davidson College offers a Digital & Screen Media major. Designed to challenge students to fashion their digital presence while simultaneously questioning emerging technologies, the major also encourages students to become sensitive consumers and producers of digital media.