DCI Minor Requirements
2021 - 2022 Catalog
Digital Culture and Information minor
A minor in digital culture and information requires completion of 18 credits, as follows. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student may not use more than nine credits (including capstone) that are also used to meet the requirements of other majors or minors.
- DCI 102, 108
- At least six credits chosen from ARTH 383, DCI 103, 110, 175,190,201, 202, 393,403; HIST 211; JOUR 230,341
- At least three credits chosen from BUS 321, 306, 310, 315, 317; CLAS 343; any CSCI course; DCI 180, 191, 271, 275; ENGL 453; GERM 347, 349; SOAN 220, 265, 266; and, when approved in advance, DCI-designated courses
- Capstone project. Three credits chosen from DCI 393, 403 (not used above), or a capstone or honors thesis in the major field of study, of sustained intellectual engagement using digital tools or methods and approved one term in advance of beginning by the core faculty of the minor
- Portfolio: at least three projects or assignments, in addition to the capstone, from courses in the minor which demonstrate attention to design, used experience, awareness of audience, and professional or academic context, and including both reflection on and analysis of each work in the portfolio.
- Required courses:
- DCI 102 - Data in the Humanities
FDR SC Credits 3 Faculty Brooks
This course introduces students to the creation and visualization of data in humanities research. The course is predicated on the fact that the digital turn of the last several decades has drastically changed the nature of knowledge production and distribution. The community and set of practices that is digital humanities (DH) encourages fluency in media beyond the printed word such as text mining, digital curation, data visualization, and spatial analysis. Readings and discussions of theory complement hands-on application of digital methods and computational thinking. While the objects of our study come primarily from the humanities, the methods of analysis are widely applicable to the social and natural sciences. Three unit-long collaborative projects explore the creation, structure, and visualization of humanities data. This course meets in two-hour blocks to accommodate a lab component.
- DCI 108 - Communication Through the Web
Credits 3 Faculty Mickel
Although the World Wide Web is nearly 30 years old, the medium is in its relative infancy. and we are still learning how to use it to communicate effectively. This course takes a liberal arts approach to Web design and development by clearly defining the message that is being sent; determining the audience to whom the message should reach; shaping the message for the medium; designing a website with suitable coherent structure, text, and multimedia content; planning to allow access to the site for those other than fully capable visitors; use of HTML and CSS; and soliciting feedback for making changes and improvements.
- ARTH 383 - Digital Florence
FDR HA Credits 4 Faculty Bent
This course invites students to participate in and contribute to the Digital Humanities project "Florence As It Was: The Digital Reconstruction of a Medieval City". We consider how the built environment of Florence influenced--and was in turn influenced by--the culture, society, art, and history of the city. Students learn to translate historical, scholarly analysis into visually accessible formats, and collaborate on the "Florence As It Was" project, contributing to the digital mapping, data visualization, and virtual-reality reconstruction of medieval Florence.
- DCI 103 - Digital Humanities: Social Justice Collections and Liberal Arts Curricula
Credits 3 Faculty W&L Faculty: Brooks
Through a unique collaboration between ten peer colleges, this course uses college archives and collections, and curricular data, as a multi-campus corpus to be interrogated as a basis for historically and socially relevant digital research. Students will apply different lenses - history, language, culture, religion, solo/ensemble works of art, "digital making" to formulate and address a research question through digital means. This course is taught fully online through both real-time (synchronous) and asynchronous delivery, with faculty of LACOL-affiliated colleges.
- DCI 110 - Web Programming for Non-Programmers
FDR SC Credits 4 Prerequisite No prior programming experience is needed, but a desire to learn and to be challenged is a must Faculty Mickel
- DCI 175 - Innovations in Publishing
Credits 4 Faculty Barry
An intensive introduction to the publishing industry with a focus on digital innovations. A hands-on approach in a series of four laboratory sessions provides students with the ability to tackle a variety of technical scenarios for publishing. Each class begins with news from the publishing industry and ends by examining job ads to understand the types of skills and experiences necessary for pursuing careers in this very broad field. This course focuses primarily on the publishing of video games.
- DCI 190 - Digital Culture and Information Studio
This course examines the research questions that guide digital humanities methodology, reviews exemplary scholarly projects on the topic at hand, and offers significant hands-on experience exploring relevant tools. May be repeated for up to three degree credits if the topics are different.
- DCI 201 - Digital Collections and Exhibits
Credits 3 Prerequisite Completion of the FDR FW writing requirement Faculty Kiser
Students explore W&L's history through primary sources in Special Collections and Archives to develop a public-facing online collection of materials and a narrative exhibit. This course teaches students how to plan and implemeAnt a digital collection and exhibit from the initial concept through the final project.
- DCI 202 - Introduction to Data Science
FDR FM Credits 3 Faculty Khalifa
Not open to students with credit for ECON 202 or INTR 202. Foundation in introductory statistics and data science which enables students to understand and participate in introductory data-science projects. The course starts with an introduction to the concepts of data science and its use in today's society. Students are exposed to a survey of the basics of statistics and probability theory; tackle the basics of regression analysis, learn a multitude of data manipulation and visualization techniques; and are introduced to programming in R.
- DCI 393 - Creating Digital Scholarship Seminar
Credits 3 Prerequisite Either junior or senior standing and one course chosen from DCI 102, 108, 110 or instructor consent Faculty Brooks, Bufkin
This seminar provides students with the skills, theoretical background, and methodological support to transform a work of traditional scholarship within an academic discipline into a public-facing work of digital scholarship. Students decide on a digital project in consultation with classmates and the instructor. Students survey and analyze examples of digital scholarship to determine what form each student's project should take.
- DCI 403 - Directed Individual Study
Prerequisite Either junior or senior standing and one course chosen from DCI 102, 108, 110 or instructor consent. Applications must be approved by the department and accepted by the student's proposed director Faculty Staff
A course designed for students who wish to undertake a digital scholarship project of their own conception and execution. In consultation with a director, students plan an independent course of study which culminates in the production of a work of public-facing digital scholarship. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
- HIST 211 - Scandal, Crime, and Spectacle in the 19th Century
FDR HU Credits 3 Faculty Horowitz, Walsh
This course examines the intersection between scandal, crime, and spectacle in 19th-century France and Britain. We discuss the nature of scandals, the connection between scandals and political change, and how scandals and ideas about crime were used to articulate new ideas about class, gender, and sexuality. In addition, this class covers the rise of new theories of criminality in the 19th century and the popular fascination with crime and violence. Crime and scandal also became interwoven into the fabric of the city as sources of urban spectacle. Students are introduced to text analysis and data mining for the humanities.
- JOUR 230 - Data-Driven Storytelling
Credits 3 Prerequisite JOUR 101 or instructor consent Faculty Coddington and Khalifa
The ability to gather, analyze, and tell clear and compelling stories with data is becoming one of the most valuable skills in professional communication. More than just learning new tools, it is a different way of thinking about the building blocks of stories and information. Students apply the values and practices of journalistic storytelling to data, learning how to gather it, break it down, report on it, contextualize it, and display it in clear, creative, engaging ways. Students learn data analysis and visualization in R and apply what they learn to a full-term, news-style data storytelling project.
- JOUR 341 - Multimedia Storytelling Design
Credits 3 Prerequisite At least junior class standing Faculty Barry, Locy
any CSCI course, and, when approved in advance, DCI-designated courses
- BUS 306 - Seminar in Management Information Systems
Credits 3 in fall, winter; 4 in spring Prerequisite May vary with topics. Preference to BSADM or JMCB majors during the first round of registration
Topics vary by term and instructor. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
- BUS 310 - Management Information Systems
Credits 3 Prerequisite INTR 201 or all MS Excel Specialist, MS Excel Expert, MS PowerPoint Specialist, and MS Outlook Specialist certification; and at least junior standing. Preference to BSADM majors during first round of registration. See go.wlu.edu/MOS-testing and contact the department head for Microsoft testing details Faculty Larson
The objective is to build an understanding of the value and uses of information systems for business operations, management decision making, and strategic advantage. Topics include basic systems concepts and major roles of information systems; computer, telecommunications, and database management concepts; and management issues in the implementation of information systems, including international, security, and ethical considerations.
- BUS 315 - Database Management for Business
Credits 3 Prerequisite At least junior standing. Preference to BSADM majors and DS minors during first round of registration Faculty Larson
Not open to students who have received credit for CSCI 317. An introduction to the theories, concepts, features, and capabilities of database management systems in a business environment. This course provides a greater understanding of how to design, develop and access database-driven business applications and emphasizes the use of database-management systems in real-world business settings and how this technology can be applied effectively to solve business problems. In this project-oriented course, students acquire the skills to document, design, create, test, and access a fully functional Oracle business database application. No prior programming or application development experience is assumed.
- BUS 317 - Data Mining for Business Analytics
Credits 3 Prerequisite BUS 316, BIOL 185, CBSC 240, or instructor consent; and at least junior standing. Preference to BSADM majors or DS, DSBA, ENTR minors during initial registration Faculty Ballenger
A prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of an R tidyverse centric data analytics course. Data mining is the science of discovering structure and making predictions in large, complex data sets. In the era of e-commerce and information economy, enormous amounts of data are generated daily from business transactions, networked sensors, social networking activities, website traffic, GPS systems, etc. Data-driven decision-making has become essential across a wide variety of functional areas in businesses such as targeted advertising, market segmentation, personalized recommendation, supplier/customer relationship management, product design, credit scoring, fraud detection and workforce management. This course serves as an introduction to Data Mining for students interested in Business Analytics. Students will learn about many commonly-used methods for predictive and descriptive analytics tasks. They will also learn to assess the methods' predictive and practical utility.
- BUS 321 - Multimedia Design and Development
Credits 3 Prerequisite INTR 201 or MS Outlook Specialist certification; and at least junior standing. Preference to BSADM majors during first round of registration. See go.wlu.edu/MOS-testing and contact the department head for Microsoft testing details Faculty Ballenger
This course is an introduction to the study and creation of multimedia content primarily used in business. Students explore the steps used to plan and create multimedia content that effectively targets and delivers business information. This is a hands-on, project-oriented course with emphasis on the design and creation of media elements such as interactive web, graphic, audio, and video content. The course focuses on using WordPress development using Headway Themes with emphasis on Cascading Style Sheets, Adobe Photoshop, Reaper, and Final Cut Pro X as the foundation for creating online multimedia content.
- CLAS 343 - The Roman Emperor
FDR HU Credits 4 Faculty Benefiel
An exploration of the figure of the Roman Emperor in art, architecture, monuments, and the urban fabric of the ancient world. Analysis and assessment use innovative digital scholarly resources that are currently available to students and scholars of the classical world. Each week, a different discipline within Classics (e.g., history and historiography, epigraphy, numismatics) is presented, followed by hands-on assignments working with the scholarly tools that can be used to query or conduct research in that field. Group projects focus on a particular time period and evaluate how the figure of the Roman emperor, his public relations, Roman society, and the expression of political power shifted over the centuries of empire.
- DCI 180 - FS: First-Year Seminar
Credits 3 Prerequisite First-year seminar. Prerequisite: First-Year class standing
A seminar for first-year students. Applicability to FDRs and other requirements varies.
Winter 2022, DCI 180-01: FS: First-Year Seminar: Every Map Tells a Story (3). First-year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-year class standing only. Place-based technologies permeate our lives, from the location services on our smartphones to the spatial-decision support systems that guide applications in areas such as disaster management, health care and public health, digital humanities, resource and water management, urban and regional planning, sustainability, and business analytics. This class will investigate the power of maps and spatial data to document and illustrate local and global issues. Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore the world around you and share ideas. Apply GIS principles and tools to create your own maps and tell your own stories. Tombarge.
Fall 2021, DCI 180-01: FS: First-Year Seminar: Every Map Tells a Story (3). First-year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-year class standing only. Place-based technologies permeate our lives, from the location services on our smartphones to the spatial-decision support systems that guide applications in areas such as disaster management, health care and public health, digital humanities, resource and water management, urban and regional planning, sustainability, and business analytics. This class will investigate the power of maps and spatial data to document and illustrate local and global issues. Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore the world around you and share ideas. Apply GIS principles and tools to create your own maps and tell your own stories. Tombarge.
- DCI 191 - Conventions of Scholarship: Past, Present, and Future
Credits 1 Faculty Abdoney
What is scholarship? Who controls it? Who is left out of scholarly conversations? In the first six weeks of this course, students will explore how various information stakeholders define scholarship, from academics to government bodies. We will primarily explore how academic inquiry differs from personal inquiry; what conventions people observe within the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and STEM; and the problem of gatekeeping in academic scholarship, and how certain populations are marginalized. Students will learn how to identify quality scholarship, while remembering that quality is subjective and fluid. The second half of the course will leave behind the classroom in favor of an experiential learning lab in the University Library. Students will help their peers not only find information and scholarship to satisfy their own academic inquiry, but will also learn how libraries organize that material and make it discoverable.
- DCI 271 - New Dark Age
Credits 3 Faculty Brooks
Are we living in a "New Dark Age"? Artist and writer James Bridle argues that the abundance of information intended to enlighten the world has, in practice, darkened it. This course takes a big-picture look at the interconnected impact of technology on the world around us. Is it enough to learn to code or think computationally? Through research, hands-on assignments, and local trips, we seek to understand what has led to our present technological moment and where we can go from here. We cover topics such as climate change, e-waste, big data, algorithmic bias, and automation.
- DCI 275 - Immersive Digital Culture Experience: Tech and Networking in Austin, Texas
Credits 4 Prerequisite Instructor consent required. Demonstrated experience in HTML and CSS through Winter 2020's DCI 190-02 or completion of DCI 108, DCI 110 or JOUR 341 Faculty Mickel
Experiential Learning. An exploration of the world of technology startups on site in the technology hub of Austin, TX. Students in this immersive and intensive exploration gain exploratory experience in the working world. They build both technical skills (software for prototyping, HTML/CSS, product management) and interpersonal skills (presentation, teamwork, , networking) in a heavily team-focused and project-based environment. Students learn a rigorous customer-focus and design-thinking approach to produce creative solutions for a real company. Students leave speaking the language of a technology company and with valuable connection with technology professionals. Mentorship to develop professional skills and personal presentation is a significant component.
- ENGL 453 - Internship in Literary Editing with Shenandoah
Credits 3 Prerequisite At least one course in creative writing, sophomore standing and instructor consent. Interested students should email Professor Staples (firstname.lastname@example.org) with information about their previous coursework and interests in editing, publishing, and contemporary literature Faculty Staples
An apprenticeship in editing with the editor of Shenandoah, Washington and Lee's literary magazine. Students are instructed in and assist in these facets of the editor's work: evaluation of manuscripts of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics, and translations; substantive editing of manuscripts, copyediting; communicating with writers; social media; website maintenance; the design of promotional material. May be applied once to the English major or Creative Writing minor and repeated for a maximum of six additional elective credits, as long as the specific projects undertaken are different.
- GERM 347 - The Age of Goethe: Sentimentalism to Sturm und Drang
FDR HL Credits 3 Prerequisite GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent Faculty Youngman
A study of dramatic, expository, narrative, and poetic works by the young Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries. While emphasizing the historical and sociopolitical context of this aesthetically revolutionary period, this course examines Germany's turn toward Sentimentalism that culminates in the Sturm und Drang movement. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.
- GERM 349 - The Age of Goethe: German Classicism
FDR HL Credits 3 Prerequisite GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent Faculty Youngman
A course that examines the influence of Greece on German theoretical, dramatic, and poetic works by the mature Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries, especially Hölderlin and Kleist. By investigating the extent to which German writers embraced or rejected Winckelmann's stoic vision of Greek art and culture, this course aims to refine our understanding of German Classicism. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.
- SOAN 220 - A World of Data: Baseball and Statistics
Credits 4 Prerequisite One course selected from CBSC/PSYC 250, ECON 203, INTR 202, SOAN 218, or SOAN 219 or instructor consent Faculty Eastwood, Kosky
An introduction to the world of data and data analysis, emphasizing Bayesian methods. Taking the case of contemporary sports, with a particular focus on baseball, it teaches students how to build models of player performance while also asking important questions about the limitations of such approaches to human activities. What is gained and lost in the world made by measuring human actions in reliable ways? How is our experience in the world--in this case as athletes playing and spectators living sports--affected when we see it in terms of statistics and predictive models? What interests and what concerns make up our lives when we engage the world in this way? What interests and concerns may be obscured? The course offers a rare opportunity to acquire some expertise in producing data-driven knowledge and decisions while also reflecting on what it is like to be a non-expert living in the world shaped by such expertise.
- SOAN 265 - Exploring Social Networks
FDR SS4 Credits 3 Faculty Eastwood
This course is an introduction to network analysis. Students learn some of the major network analysis literature in sociology and related fields and develop their skills as network analysts in laboratory sessions. Social science, humanities, business, and public health applications are emphasized.
- SOAN 266 - Neighborhoods, Culture, and Poverty
FDR SS3 Credits 3 Faculty Eastwood
This course examines social-scientific research on the determinants of poverty, crime, and ill health by focusing on neighborhoods as the sites where many of the mechanisms impacting these outcomes operate. In addition to engaging with key readings and participating in seminar discussions, students conduct their own exploratory analyses of neighborhood level processes using a variety of spatial data analysis tools in R.
Three credits chosen from DCI 393, 403 (not used above), or a capstone or honors thesis in the major field of study, of sustained intellectual engagement using digital tools or methods and approved one term in advance of beginning by the core faculty of the minor
at least three projects or assignments, in addition to the capstone, from courses in the minor which demonstrate attention to design, used experience, awareness of audience, and professional or academic context, and including both reflection on and analysis of each work in the portfolio.