Digital Technology and Culture

DTC UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

The Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) program emphasizes creative production and critical exploration of digital technology across multiple contexts.

The program encourages creative research, scholarship, and production that invites critical perspectives, integrates diverse knowledge systems, and encompasses progressive and innovative uses of technology.

Students in DTC develop skills in web design, animation, graphic design, video production, augmented and virtual reality, and other emerging technology while integrating cultural, social, and historical perspectives, diverse methodologies, and inclusive frameworks.

RELATED FIELDS

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Web Design
  • Writing

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

DTC Major Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Technology and Culture students must complete the WSU UCORE, the College of Arts & Sciences undergraduate requirements, and 39 credits in Digital Technology and Culture. In addition, two [M] (Writing in the Major) courses are required as a part of a student’s major coursework. We suggest using the DTC Major Checklist to keep track of academic progress.

DTC Minor Requirements

The Digital Technology and Culture minor requires 18 semester credits comprised of 5 required courses and 1 additional DTC course of the student’s choosing. A DTC minor can be declared after a student has completed 60 semester credits at Washington State University and declared their major.

Minor Requirements:

  • DTC 101: Introduction to Digital Technology & Culture
  • DTC 201: Tools and Methods for Digital Technology
  • DTC 336: Composition & Design
  • DTC 355: Multimedia Authoring: Exploring New Rhetorics
  • DTC 375: Language, Texts, & Technology
  • and one additional DTC course of the student’s choice

FRESHMAN

While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor and learn how easy it is to apply.

TRANSFER

Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor and learn how easy it is to apply.

STUDENT SUCCESS

Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

Meet your advisor and get started on your academic path.

INTERNSHIPS

Liberal Arts Internship Programs offer an individualized, hands-on experience and is an ideal way to gain new skills and build your resume to stand out to potential employers.  Internships serve as a way to apply your classroom knowledge to real-world problem solving and projects.

Prior to completing an online internship packet [link], you are required to meet with your faculty supervisor and the department’s faculty internship coordinator to discuss your internship project.   Once your online internship packet is approved, the packet will be submitted to your Academic Advisor, who will provide you with permission to self-enroll in the course.

CAREERS

The Digital Technology and Culture program is designed to give students flexibility in deciding their career path by shaping their coursework to fit their particular goals. You will be well prepared to embark on any number of careers in the exciting field of new media technologies, including writing, photography, social media and graphic design.

Graduates of WSU Tri-Cities leave campus fully ready to enter the workforce. The Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen interview skills – all of which will help students land a job in today’s competitive market.

The Career Development Office posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees and also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and post-graduation career opportunities.

See how you can become career-ready with a major in DTC.

Raul Contreras

DTC Major

I transferred from CBC with the goal of becoming a Graphic Designer. Since day one at WSUTC the professors have helped me develop this passion into skills. Every DTC professor has their own unique artistic view and styles, and they clearly try to pass down their knowledge to help us forge our own style. Everyday we learn something new, a new technique or a way to approach and think about what we do. I thought I would just freshen up my Photoshop skills but I’ve learned to be fluent in Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects and Blender. I’m glad I landed here. 

Anna Plemons

Clinical Assistant Professor 
Digital Technology and Culture 

Her experience teaching creative writing at a prison in California initially sparked, and continues to inform, Dr. Anna Plemons’ interest in issues of educational justice.  In the context of the prison, that looks like relational methodologies that transform the prison classroom into an opportunity for incarcerated people to serve in the roles of teacher and mentor in their families outside the prison.  Her book, Beyond Progress in the Prison Classroom (2019) chronicles this work.  Anna joined the faculty at WSU Tri-Cities in 2019 where she primarily teaches Digital Technology and Culture courses that focus on equity and inclusion in digital space.  Anna loves working with DTC students as they explore the intersections of creative production and critical exploration of the digital world.