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 & Requirements

Courses You Might Take

ART 111

Introduction to Digital Art

Instructor
Dietrick

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 readings, online learning tools, in-class exercises, discussions and critiques, students learn the conceptual, formal and technical skills needed for digital art production in relationship to the genre's historical context and contemporary practices. By connecting this knowledge to their own research interests, they will produce memorable artworks that critically engage contemporary culture. (Formerly ART 211 - Introduction to Digital Art)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in the Digital Studies interdisciplinary minor.
 

Prerequisites
(Fall and Spring)

 

DIG 215

Death in the Digital Age

Instructor
Sample

This class explores the intersection of death and technology. What happens to our digital personas when we die? How does technology change grieving? What kind of ghosts inhabit our machines? What's the 21st century equivalent of a gothic haunted house? We will consider these questions and many more as we wrestle with the meaning of death in the digital age. Among the primary sources we will study will be historical archives, media representations of disaster, contemporary horror novels and films, and television series such as Dead Set and Black Mirror.

 

Satisfies a requirement in the Film and Media Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

 

Prerequisites
(Spring)

PHY 200

Computational Physics

Instructor
M. Kuchera

(Cross-listed as CSC 200) This course is an introduction to computer programming and computational physics using Python. No prior programming experience is necessary. This course will provide students with the skills required to write code to solve physics problems in areas including quantum physics, electromagnetism, and mechanics. Structured programming methods will be covered as well as algorithms for numerical integration, solving differential equations, and more.

Satisfies a requirement int he Data Science interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought requirement.

 

 

Prerequisites
Co-requisite : Physics 120 or 130 at Davidson or permission of the instructor. (Spring)