Digital Culture and Information
About the Program
The DCI Program at W&L is designed to teach students concepts and methods that will enhance their academic success within any major. Students participating in the program will gain significant experience with technological platforms, complex information resources and visual design. The course of study nurtures critical reflection on the underlying structure of information and not merely technical proficiency. A minor in Digital Culture and Information provides the foundation for a career in any field and for life as an informed citizen in a digital society.
Why Study DCI at W&L?
DCI fills a significant gap in the W&L curriculum. The minor opens pathways to careers in the technology sector that students do not normally encounter as undergraduates in a liberal arts college. In addition to teaching programming to non-programmers, DCI emphasizes the importance of design as an integral skill and way of thinking. Each student in the minor develops an online professional identity, including a portfolio of work and an extensive digital project that demonstrates creativity, technical skills and intellectual engagement.
- Compatible with majors from both the College and the Williams School
- Learn the basics of web development and programming and apply them to work in your major
- Communication and information skills prepare you for a wide range of careers
- When relevant, capstone or thesis work can be combined with work in your major
Opportunities for Students
DCI minors are encouraged to develop their own digital research projects, and to work as research assistants on faculty projects. Recent faculty Digital Humanities projects that students have contributed to include:
Florence As It Was, a digital reconstruction of the city that allows you to review, inspect, tour and visit the streets, palaces, churches, shops and offices that formed the fabric of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.
The Ancient Graffiti Project, a digital resource and search engine for locating and studying graffiti of the early Roman empire from the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The Huon d’Auvergne Digital Edition, an international, inter-institutional, interdisciplinary project that presents the Franco-Italian Huon d’Auvergne romance-epic to a general audience for the first time.