When I tell people I’m minoring in digital studies, the most common response I get is “What’s digital studies?”
The answer is that digital studies entails a lot of things. The Digital Studies elective courses at UMW cover disciplines as diverse as English, history, theater, and political science. That’s because digital studies can be applied – and is applied – in every discipline.
What the Digital Studies minor has given me so far is a confidence with several digital tools, the results of which you can view on my Digital Studies subdomain. I’ve established skills in blogging platforms, website design, audio editing, interactive storytelling, and text analysis. Furthermore, the experience has given me a confidence in learning new digital tools.
But beyond that, Digital Studies also means thinking about how we manifest our identities online, how information is disseminated with digital tools, the cultures that emerge from these opportunities, and the ethical and philosophical questions that this presents.