The Digital Cultures B.A. is an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree for the 21st century. This program is developed for adult, returning students who are interested in using critical exploration and technological knowledge to understand how digital technologies reflect and transform culture and identity. Topics of study include game theory, global digital ethics and citizenship, the influence of social media, and the history of digital technologies. Students will also learn applied technology skills such as basic coding and composing for the web.
The Digital Cultures program strengthens transferable skills such as oral and written communication, problem solving, ethical decision-making, and critical thinking while also teaching students key practical technology skills. Digital Cultures graduates are prepared for the dynamic, 21st-century workplace and are empowered to become leaders for a just and humane world.
Digital Cultures faculty are pedagogically innovative, student-centered, and committed to the high standards of a Jesuit education. As with all programs in the School of New and Continuing Studies, the Digital Cultures B.A. is designed especially for working adults. The program is offered in a flexible hybrid format, combining the convenience of online delivery with the networking and community building of face-to-face meetings.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Explain key concepts in computing, technological modes of production, and information/data flow.
- Evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of research sources, digital tools, technologies, interfaces, and artifacts.
- Analyze media, technology, and digital artifacts using interdisciplinary theories and methods.
- Examine how technologically mediated identities reflect and transform cultural ideologies of gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, and social class.
- Design multimodal projects that demonstrate an engagement with and advocacy for social justice issues and are informed by digital rhetoric and an understanding of audience.
- Reflect upon how one’s work, roles, values, and identities participate in digital culture.
Students in the program will demonstrate mastery of these outcomes through project-based assignments they will assemble in an e-portfolio. The e-portfolio not only allows students to showcase their skills for potential employers, but also gives students the opportunity to revisit and revise their work, reflect upon their entire course of study, and articulate their own career and social justice goals.