Digital Technology & Culture

A Program Designed for You

Digital Technology & 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 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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Meet Monique

Monique Van Sant always knew she wanted to put her creativity to work for her. As a DTC major, she expanded her skills and earned an internship on the Daughters of Hanford design team. She works as a freelance web and graphic designer while she completes her education.

As a DTC 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, including studying issues of access, diversity, identity, multimodal content, and interactivity.

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 DTC 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.

Check out the WSU Catalog for major requirements.

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.

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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Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits, expand your perspective, and increase your skills. A minor will make you stand out to potential employers because it demonstrates an eagerness to learn and emphasizes your willingness to go above and beyond minimum expectations.

A minor in DTC requires 18 hours including:

  • DTC 101 Introduction to Digital Technology & Culture
  • DTC 201 Tools and Methods for Digital Technology
  • DTC/ENGLISH 336 Composition and Design
  • DTC/ENGLISH 355 Multimedia Authoring: Exploring New Rhetorics
  • DTC/ENGLISH 375 Language, Texts and Technology

plus one more 3-hour course from the following:

  • DTC 335 Digital Animation: Story, Narration and Production
  • DTC 356 Information Structures
  • DTC 435 Advanced Animation
  • DTC 477 Advanced Multimedia Authoring
  • DTC 478 Usability and Interface Design
  • FINE ART 331 Art, Science, and Technology
  • FINE ART 332 Introduction to Digital Media: Print & Web
  • FINE ART 333 Introduction to Digital Media: Video & Sound
  • FINE ART 363 Special Topics—Digital Media
  • FINE ART 434 Time Based Media
  • FINE ART 435 Interactive Media

9 hours of upper-division work must be taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.

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

The DTC 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.

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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