Digital Media and Culture Minor 

This interdisciplinary minor offers students the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of how digital technologies are transforming society and culture. Participatory cultures are emerging through games and social media, and whole new modes of interaction are being crafted online, whether it’s a game, social media site, or mobile application. From the disruption of established industrial models to the creation of new social norms, this minor asks students to create and analyze digital media that directly engages in this transforming and transformative culture.  For the Digital Media and Culture minor, four courses (16 credits) are required, including the core course IN 206 Introduction to Digital Media and Culture. The remaining 12 credits are chosen from the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Courses

  • CC 304 - Strategic Digital Communication
  • CC 360 - Social Media and Politics
  • EC 310 - Internet Economics and Digital Media*
  • IN 206 - Introduction to Digital Media and Culture (core course)
  • IN 216 - Topics in Digital Media and Culture**
  • IN 224 - Souls for Sale: The Sales Effort, from Snake Oil to Dividual Selves 
  • IN 333 - Power and Public Spheres 
  • IN 336 - It’s Not Paranoia If They’re Really After You
  • IN 337 - In the News: The Real, the Fake, and the Spectacle
  • IN 338 - Digital Presence and Network Cultures
  • IN 361 - Global Media Literacy
  • IN 410 - Digital Media and Culture Lab 
  • IN 411 - Civic Media in Action
  • JR 324 - Data Visualization* 
  • VM 260 - Introduction to Interactive Media*
  • VM 270 - Introduction to Game Design*
  • VM 303 - Studies in Digital Media and Culture*
  • VM 319 - Interactive Media/Writing for Games
  • VM 375 - Advanced Interactive Media*

* Note prerequisites
** Check current course listings for specific topics

DMC minors have the opportunity to work on projects and collaborate with faculty on research at the Engagement Lab, an applied research and design lab at Emerson College devoted to understanding and cultivating a just, participatory democracy for a digital age. DMC minors have the opportunity to participate in the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, a three-week summer project that gathers young people from more than 30 countries around the world to collaboratively build media responses to some of the biggest problems facing society today.

Faculty

J. Craig Freeman, professor in Visual and Media Arts, is an artist who uses emergent technologies to produce large–scale public work at sites where forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. His work seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place. 

Linda Gallant, associate professor in Communication Studies, holds teaching and research interests in the application of research methods to social computing, as well as the maximization of information and communication technology (ICT) to advance human communication in multiple contexts—healthcare, politics, and the workplace. She teaches a course on communicative informatics.

Eric Gordon, professor in Visual and Media Arts, studies civic media and public engagement within the United States and the developing world, and is specifically interested in the application of games and play in these contexts. He teaches courses on civic media, media theory, and digital culture.

Ioana B. Jucan, assistant professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, is a researcher and artist working across the fields of performance, digital media, and philosophy. Her research follows several different yet intersecting threads: mechanisms of knowledge production in the age of “Big Data”; feminist and decolonial aesthetics and epistemologies; aesthetic and political practices of world-making; and diasporic experience. She teaches the course In the News: The Real, the Fake, and the Spectacle.

Brooke Knight, professor in Visual and Media Arts, creates interactive artwork centered around surveillance, webcams, and remote control, and the relationship between text and landscape. He teaches a course in advanced interactive media.

Paul Mihailidis, professor in Journalism, explores the nexus of media literacy, young people, and engagement in civic life. He has published widely on media literacy, global media, and digital citizenship. He teaches the introductory course to digital media and culture.

Russell Newman*, associate professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, explores the intersections of the political economy of media, neoliberalism, the epistemological foundations of media policymaking, and activism surrounding communications policy. He teaches courses on communication revolutions, civic media, sales effort and advertising, surveillance practices, and the digital media and culture lab. 

Vincent Raynauld, associate professor in Communication Studies, has researched and published in the areas of political communication, social media, research methods, e-politics, and journalism. He teaches a course in social media and politics and the digital media and culture lab.

Sarah Zaidan, associate professor in Visual and Media Arts, is a game designer, artist, and scholar. Her work combines her research and creative practices with video games and superhero comic books, with a focus on how identity is enacted in the spaces they create. She teaches courses in game design, studies in digital media and culture, and the digital media and culture lab.

Please note this may not be a comprehensive list, as our affiliated faculty rotate on a semesterly basis. Please refer to the semester registration listings to identify any additional faculty participating in the minor.

* Minor Coordinator