Elective Courses

Politics of Media course (Winter 2020)

The Digital Studies MA and BA/MA programs allow three elective courses, one in the Winter Quarter and two in the Spring Quarter, in addition to the seven core courses required for the degree. The Minor in Digital Studies allows one elective course among the six courses required for the Minor. Students who have previously taken a course in statistics may request an exemption from taking DIGS 20002/30002, Data Analysis for the Humanities I, enabling them to take an additional elective in the Autumn Quarter in lieu of DIGS 20002/30002.

Electives may be chosen from among the course offerings of any department or program in the University, subject to the enrollment restrictions and prerequisites that may pertain to the course. At least one of the three MA electives must entail computational methods or have a digital orientation, broadly defined; and the one elective for the Minor must do so.

MA and BA/MA students are encouraged to take elective courses that pertain to the topic of their MA thesis project. Students must request approval from the Director of Digital Studies for elective courses that do not appear on the list of preapproved electives below.

Preapproved Electives

The following digitally oriented courses are preapproved for use as electives in the Digital Studies MA, BA/MA, and Minor programs. These courses are subject to change and may not be offered in a given year. Some of them have prerequisites or enrollment restrictions that may prevent a student from taking them.

This list is provided as a convenient starting point for choosing electives that have a digital orientation. Students are free to inspect departmental course offerings and choose electives that do not appear on this list, keeping in mind that only one of the MA and BA/MA electives is required to have a digital orientation.

  • ARTV 32502  Data and Algorithm in Art
  • CLAS 35415  Text Into Data: Digital Philology
  • CMST 25204  Media Ecology: Embodiment and Software
  • CMST 27110  Digital Cinema
  • CMST 27815  Introduction to Art, Technology, and Media
  • CMST 27916  Critical Videogame Studies
  • CMST 35954  Alternate Reality Games: Theory and Production
  • CMST 37020  New Media at a Distance
  • CMST 37803  Digital Media Theory
  • CMST 37911  Augmented Reality Production
  • CMST 37920  Virtual Reality Production
  • CMST 67827  Politics of Media: From the Culture Industry to Google Brain
  • CMST 67922  Data Driven Dystopias
  • ENGL 19570  Text as Data: Interpretation in the Digital Humanities
  • ENGL 25980  Technorelations: Intimacy, Bodies, Machines
  • ENGL 25990  Always Already New: Printed Books and Electronic Texts 
  • GEOG 30500  Introduction to Spatial Data Science
  • GEOG 38202  Geographic Information Science I
  • GEOG 38402  Geographic Information Science II
  • GEOG 38602  Geographic Information Science III
  • GEOG 38702  Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • HIPS 25205  Computers, Minds, Intelligence and Data
  • HIST 25415  History of Information
  • HIST 29523  Data History: Information Overload from the Enlightenment to Google
  • HIST 35425  Censorship, Information Control, and Revolutions in Information Technology from the Printing Press to the Internet
  • HIST 39530  Introduction to Digital History I
  • HIST 39521  Introduction to Digital History II
  • KNOW 32011  Data: History and Literature
  • KNOW 36065 Classification as World-Making
  • LING 32880  Computational Models in Phonology
  • LING 38610  Computational Linguistics I
  • LING 38620  Computational Linguistics II
  • MAAD 21111 Creative Coding
  • MAAD 21500  Metamedia Design Studio
  • MAAD 23631  Introduction to Internet Art
  • MAAD 23632  Intermediate Internet Art
  • MAAD 23640  Embodied Data and Gamified Interfaces
  • MACS 30123  Large-Scale Computing for the Social Sciences
  • MACS 31300  AI Applications in Social Sciences
  • MACS 40400  Computation and the Identification of Cultural Patterns
  • MUSI 26618  Electronic Music I
  • MUSI 36630  Musical Robotics
  • NEAA 30061  Ancient Landscapes I
  • NEAA 30062  Ancient Landscapes II
  • PHIL 29904  Ethics in the Digital Age
  • PHIL 32962  The Epistemology of Deep Learning
  • RLLT 34500  Digital Approaches to Text Analysis
Digital Studies faculty board member Patrick Jagoda