Digital Technologies and Emerging Media

The Digital Technologies and Emerging Media (DTEM) major takes a critical approach to internet and participatory technologies. It draws from a broad tradition of communication and media studies research; social science disciplines including anthropology, psychology, sociology, and political science; and the humanities and fine arts.

The major is designed to encourage greater understanding, critical thinking, and analysis of emerging technologies such as the web, social media, mobile apps, video games, wearables, and the like, while also offering a number of production and writing classes. Students wishing to pursue engineering or digital production should augment the major with classes in computer science, visual arts, journalism, and new media and digital design.

Learning Outcomes

Through completion of a DTEM major, students will:

  • Be able to critically assess and analyze digital technologies and emerging media from multiple media perspectives, including cultural, economic, historical, philosophical, political, legal, psychological and sociological.

  • Learn practical applications of new media informed by theoretical understanding, and develop a reflective approach to their everyday mediated experiences.

  • Consider the ethical and social justice justice dimensions of digital communication technologies at local and global scales.

  • Evaluate and advance critical research in the digital context.

Major Requirements

The Digital Technologies and Emerging Media (DTEM) major requires nine (9) courses.

  • Departmental introductory course: COMM 1000: Fundamentals of Communication and Media Studies (new) or COMM 1010 - Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
  • One Ethics, Law and Policy course.
  • Two major introductory courses: DTEM 1401 - Introduction to Digital Technologies and Emerging Media and DTEM 1402 - Digital Cultures
  • One DTEM methods course
  • Four DTEM electives: Any course with the DTEM subject code may fulfill this requirement.

Up to two courses may be taken outside the Communication and Media Studies department to fulfill major requirements, to be determined on a semester-by-semester basis, from a list made available to students in time for registration.

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*Note: DTEM 1401 is a prerequisite for DTEM 1402.

*To become a digital technologies and emerging media major, a student must demontrate an earned cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better or receive written permission from the associate chair or chair of the department. In addition, no D-grade work will be credited toward the major or minor.

**Double majors may count up to two courses from another major within our department, excluding any course with a COMM designator.

Minor Requirements

The Digital Technology and Emerging Media (DTEM) minor requires six courses.

  • Two introductory courses: DTEM 1401 - Introduction to Digital Technologies and Emerging Media and DTEM 1402 - Digital Cultures
  • One of the following three courses: DTEM 4480 - Digital Media and Public Responsibility; DTEM 4440 - Privacy and Surveillance; or DTEM 4470 - Values in Design
  • Any three courses with the DTEM subject code

Ethics, Law and Policy Courses

  • COMC 4340/ COMM 3103: Freedom of Expression
  • COMC 3370/ COMM 3476: Ethical Issues in Media
  • COMC 3330/ COMM 3110: Peace, Justice and the Media 
  • COMC 3350/ COMM 3112: Media Law
  • COMC 3380/ COMM 3106: International Communication
  • DTEM 4440: Privacy and Surveillance
  • DTEM 4480/ COMM 4005: Digital Media and Public Responsibility
  • FITV 4570/ COMM 4001: Films of Moral Struggle