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Digital Arts & Humanities

Maeve Adams
Program Director

Digital Arts and Humanities (DAsH) is an interdisciplinary minor that brings humanistic and social scientific studies into the digital age, applying multimedia tools to our inquiries. The DAsH Minor teaches data retrieval, analysis, and visualization skills as well as digital-media production that bolster training in the humanities and social sciences.

Irrespective of their Major, all DAsH Minors should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:

  • Graduate with competency in data retrieval, analysis, and visualization;
  • Produce and edit digital media products;
  • Perform data mining and -management techniques through course assignments and research projects (this includes archival research, data and text mining, and metadata production);
  • Demonstrate analytical and quantitative abilities through class assignments, including large-corpus analysis, internet content management and analysis, and digital analysis in a variety of programs;
  • Execute data mining, management, and data analysis through hands-on experience in a number of software and web-based programs;
  • Use data visualization technologies to develop new methodological and conceptual approaches;
  • Critically interpret and evaluate all tools, methods, and products of DAsH study.

15 credits including DASH 200 Introduction to Digital Humanities to be completed. Of the 15 credits, 12 can be comprised of other “electives” listed below.

Students must take the following to Minor in DAsH:

Students must take four (4) additional electives to Minor in DAsH. Students must take courses in at least three departments. Overall, the student will be expected—overseen by their advisor—to maintain a balance in their studies, aiming to take two courses in the Humanities and two courses in the Social Sciences. The DASH 200 course may count towards this expectation, counting as humanities or social science course according to the discipline of the faculty member teaching the course:

ART 212Art of Digital Photography3
ART 213Digital Drawing3
ART 214Introduction to Graphic Design3
ART 380Digital Video Art: Editing and Production3
COMM 101Introduction to Communication and Media3
COMM 201Ethics in Communication & Media3
COMM 209Introduction to Journalism3
COMM 222Introduction to Story and Post-Production3
COMM 225Introduction to Sports Media3
COMM 271Transnational Communication & Media3
COMM 304Digital Storytelling3
COMM 305Digital Print Design3
COMM 306Web Design3
COMM 317Audio Production3
COMM 340Media Criticism3
COMM 371Intercultural Communication3
ENGL 335Victorian Media3
HIST 304Europe in the Middle Ages3
HIST 387New York City and the American Urban Experience3
MUSC 390Digital Audio Recording and Editing3
PSYC 214Statistics and Research Methods I3
PSYC 314Statistics and Research Methods II3
RELS 372Religion and Science3
RELS 376Religion and the Media3
SOC 217Visual Anthropology3
SOC 250Introduction to GIS3
SOC 303Urban Planning3
SOC 307Research Methods3
MGMT 430Business, Government, and Society only when taught by Dr. Edy Moulton-Tetlock3
ECON 204Macroeconomics3
ECON 305Money and Banking3
ECON 332Introduction to Environmental Economics3
ECON 334International Economics3
ECON 403Seminar in Monetary Theory and Policy3
ECON 412Economic Growth and Development3
ECON 432Applied Environmental Economics3
ART 406Virtual Venice3
ART 3073D Design, Modeling and Visualization3
ART 134The Culture of Games3
ART 309Animation3
MUSC 380History of Sound Recording & Audio Technology3


DASH 200. Introduction to Digital Arts & Humanities. 3 Credits.

This seminar introduces students to digital tools and methods that transform traditional humanistic inquiry: multimedia storytelling; data mining and visualization; geospatial analysis and mapping; digital production and editing; coding and mark-up. Students learn to interpret and create digital products. They become informed evaluators of their social, historical and ethical values.

DASH 310. VR: Perception & Production. 3 Credits.

Explores human perception in natural and virtual environments. Students are introduced to the Unreal Engine and build a VR environment in which perception deviates from natural reality. Surveys research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience while examining trends in gaming and immersive storytelling.

DASH 421. Independent Study. 3 Credits.

Individual study of a topic or technology in digital arts and humanities. Open only to students minoring in Digital Arts and Humanities who secure approval of the Director of the program and the consent of the individual instructor. A student may elect this course only once.