Digital Technology and Culture

Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) at WSU Tri-Cities

Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) is an interdisciplinary degree that combines theory and practice in the study of the latest communication technologies. The program is dedicated to thinking across a variety of media forms (such as graphic design, web design, video, social media, etc.) while simultaneously studying the cultural impact these media have on our global society.

DTC has six expected student learning outcomes that represent that values and standards of the program. Graduates of the program will:

  1. Demonstrate competency with technology for designing and distributing digital works in various mediums.
  2. Demonstrate competency with design principles through both the production and analysis of media objects.
  3. Demonstrate and articulate an understanding of the way digital media and information function and circulate in multiple cultural contexts.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of technological development, from local to global perspectives, and its implications for a variety of mediums.
  5. Utilize an interdisciplinary perspective in order to understand the global changes brought about by digital media.
  6. Effectively communicate through writing and speech why and how digital media texts make meaning.
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Lian Jacquez - digital technology and culture student

Meet Lian

Lian Jacquez is learning about graphic design, photography, video production, sound production, media and technical writing and much more in the creative sphere. With his experience in the DTC program, he said he initially wanted to pursue a career as a graphic designer. But after working more with individuals on campus and speaking with people in similar creative industries, he realizes he now wants to pursue a career as a creative director or program coordinator. Read more about Lian’s story.

As a Digital Technology and Culture major, you will creatively design, critique, and interact with new media while engaging the histories that contextualize these media. Your studies will be continually framed by the key issues surrounding the implementation of digital media, graphic design, including studying issues of access, diversity, identity, multimodal content, and interactivity.

The Digital Technology & Culture (DTC) major requirements are 39 credits composed of a 15-credit required core that includes an internship, options of 21 credits, and 3 DTC-related elective credits.

In the last year of the program, you will have a choice between an Internship and a Senior Seminar.

Internships allow you to work with one of the many significant and cutting-edge media companies in the Tri-Cities area. Senior Seminars are designed as an independent study with one of the Digital Technology and Culture faculty, individually designed with your interests and career goals in mind.

Both options are aimed at enhancing skills for careers involving digital technology or preparation for further graduate study.

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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

To apply for a minor in DTC please make an appointment with Mariella Lora, the DTC Academic Advisor.

See what other minors and certificates are available at WSU Tri-Cities.

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 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.

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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.

Completing an internship is an ideal way to gain experience and build your portfolio. An internship expands your perspective, increases your skills, and makes you stand out to potential employers.

In the last year of the program, you have the choice between completing an Internship or a Senior Seminar. The following outlines the process for obtaining and completing the internship credit.

Learn more about the internship requirements and processes.

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.

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