Digital Culture and Information

Degree Type
Department Interdisciplinary
Academic Division The College
Offerings
A minor in Digital Culture and Information (DCI) allows students to develop valuable technical skills and to explore how the digital age impacts knowledge and society. Through courses that integrate theory with hands-on practice, students will develop creative projects that demonstrate their emerging expertise in digital media.

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

Jeff Barry

Program Coordinator

Jamie Kiriakos

Administrative Support

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