Digital Humanities describes a wide range of activities that apply digital technology to the study of the humanities in order to research, analyze, and present information to contemporary audiences. The B.A. in Digital Humanities fuses the traditional strengths of the humanities - the search for knowledge about human culture, and the cultivation of intellectual curiosity and empathy - with a greater understanding of digital age skills. Students learn collaboratively how to use digital technologies to ask and answer meaningful questions in the study of English, History, Literature, Philosophy, Theology, and other subjects, and to communicate persuasively and winsomely with their audiences. Because of its compact size, this major must be paired with a second major. 

Major in Digital Humanities (B.A.)
Required Courses
DIG 200Introduction to Digital Humanities3
COS 100Introduction to Programming (or)3
or COS 205 Scientific Computing
DES 105Introduction to Digital Media3
DIG 310Advanced Digital Humanities3
DIG 481Internship in Digital Humanities4
Technical and Applied Electives, at least 6 credits from: 6
Media Production I
Web Design for Mass Media
Storytelling
Media Production II
Digital Filmmaking
Broadcast Production
Computer Science 1
Computer Science 2
Data Structures and Algorithms
Graphic Design I
Graphic Design II
Interactive Design
Teaching and Learning
Digital News Studio
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Perspectives on Computing and Society
Humanities Core 112
12 credits total at the 200-level or above (at least 6 of which must be 300-level or above), from two or more of the following disciplines:
Anthropology (ANT)
Introduction to Anthropology
Art History (ARH)
All courses
Bible (BIB)
Reading the Hebrew Bible
Cultural World of the New Testament
Communication Studies (COM)
Native Americans and the Media
Media Communication
Introduction to Rhetoric and Public Influence
Oral Interpretation
Rhetorical Criticism
Media Criticism and Theory
Topics in Communication Analysis
English - Literature (ENL)
All courses
English - Writing (ENW)
All courses
Film Studies (FLM)
All courses
General Studies (GES)
Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture
History (HIS)
All courses
Missional Ministries (MIN)
Spiritual and Faith Formation
Music (MUS)
Music History and Literature I
Music History and Literature II
Philosophy (PHI)
All courses
Political Science (POS)
American Political Ideologies
Political Psychology
Religious Studies (REL)
All courses
Sociology (SOC)
Religion in Society
Spanish (SPA)
Ibero-American History
Hispanic Cultures
Readings from Latin America and Spain
Contemporary Literature
Classical Literature
Advanced Spanish Communication
Theatre Arts (THA)
Theatre and Culture: Classical to Modern
Theatre in the Modern Age
Directing
Theatrical Styles
Theology (THE)
All courses
Major *34
General Education49-50
Electives38-39
Total Credits122

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B.A. in Digital Humanities 2018-2019: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4DES 105 Introduction to Digital Media3
COS 100 or 205 Introduction to Programming3 DIG 200 Introduction to Digital Humanities3
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 GES 130 Christianity Western Culture4
Second Language (S) course 1 4 GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3
 13 4 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
THE 201 Christian Theology3World Cultures (U) course 3Humanities 200-level Core course 3-4
Technical and Applied Elective 3 Mathematics (M) course 3
Humanities 200-level Core course 3-4 Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
  Second Major courses 6
 13-14 3 16-17
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
DIG 310 Advanced Digital Humanities3Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3Comparative Systems (G) course 3
Technical and Applied Elective 3 Humanities 300-level Core course 3
Cross-cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Second Major courses 6 Second Major courses 6
 12-15 3 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
DIG 481 Internship in Digital Humanities3-4Interim Off Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Humanities 300-level Core course 3-4 Second Major courses 15
Second Major courses 9  
 15-17 0 18
Total Credits 125-132

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Digital Humanities 2018-2019: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3GES 147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3
COS 100 or 205 Introduction to Programming3 Technical and Applied Elective 3
DES 105 Introduction to Digital Media3 GES 244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES 145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 Mathematics (M) course 3
Second Language (S) course1 4 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
 17 4 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES 246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4World Cultures (U) course 3DIG 200 Introduction to Digital Humanities3
Humanities 200-level Core course 3-4 Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3
Humanities 200-level Core course 3-4 Second Major courses 9
Laboratory Science (D) course 4  
 14-16 3 15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
DIG 310 Advanced Digital Humanities3Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Technical and Applied Elective 3 Humanities 300-level Core course 3-4
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Second Major courses 9
Cross-cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
Second Major courses 6  
 15-18 3 15-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
DIG 481 Internship in Digital Humanities3-4Interim Off Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Humanities 300-level Core course 3-4 Second Major courses 12
Second Major courses 9  
 15-17 0 15
Total Credits 130-138

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

COS 100 • Introduction to Programming. 3 Credits.

An introduction to programming using a current procedural (imperative) programming language. Standard data types and control structures are introduced.
Offered: Fall, interim.

COS 105 • Computer Science 1. 4 Credits.

Introduction to fundamental computer programming design principles. Strong emphasis on theory. Extensive programming assignments in a current object-oriented computer language.
Prerequisites: COS 100, COS 205, or equivalent proficiency; MAT 123M, MAT 124M, MAT 125, or equivalent proficiency. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Not designed as a computer literacy course. Includes 6 lab hours.

COS 205 • Scientific Computing. 3 Credits.

Introduction to programming in C and C++ with an emphasis on issues relevant to scientific computing such as machine error, performance, and implementation of common numerical algorithms.
Prerequisites: MAT 124M. Offered: Fall, spring

COS 212 • Computer Science 2. 4 Credits.

Elementary data structures such as file structures, linked lists, and simple trees. Introduction to fundamental search and sort algorithms, analysis, design methodologies, and object-oriented programming. Extensive programming assignments in a current computer language.
Prerequisites: COS 105 or COS 205 with consent of instructor. Special Notes: Includes 6 lab hours. Offered: Fall.

COS 214 • Computer Architecture. 4 Credits.

Assembly and machine language to study computer organization and structure, including addressing techniques, digital logic and representation of numbers and arithmetic. Also includes an introduction to C.
Prerequisites: COS 212. Special Notes: Includes 6 lab hours. Offered: Spring.

COS 216 • Data Structures and Algorithms. 3 Credits.

Advanced data structures, algorithms, and algorithm analysis. Extensive programming assignments in a current object-oriented computer language.
Prerequisites: COS 212; MAT 241. Offered: Spring

COS 301 • Operating Systems. 4 Credits.

Computer organization, structure of operating systems, memory management, process management, resource allocation, and operating system monitors. Alternative approaches to operating system design.
Prerequisites: COS 214; knowledge of C or C++. Offered: Fall

COS 313 • Database Systems. 3 Credits.

Relational and object-oriented databases, schemas, and normalization. Database management systems, SQL, concurrent transactions, logging/disaster recovery, and query optimization. Application program interaction with database management systems.
Prerequisites: COS 216. Offered: Fall, even # years

COS 318 • Web Programming. 3 Credits.

An examination of the foundational technologies used for creating web applications. Includes client and server programming, as well as fundamentals of cloud services, including security, storage, and reliability.
Prerequisites: COS 216. Special Notes: Some knowledge of HTML and the basics of JavaScript are expected. Offered: Fall.

COS 320 • Computer Graphics Programming. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the drawing methods, geometrical transforms, and illumination models that are fundamental to computer graphics programming. Topics include modeling of 2D and 3D objects, local and global illumination simulation, shading, color models, procedural modeling, and discrete (fragment) techniques including texture mapping. A current graphics API is used, including custom shaders.
Prerequisites: COS 216. Offered: Fall odd # years

COS 334 • Data Mining and Machine Learning. 3 Credits.

An introduction to widely-used techniques for extracting information from large data sets such as medical databases, credit reports, weather history, and the stock market. Includes algorithms for nominal and ordinal data and metrics to measure their performance. Students will implement common algorithms with real data and choose appropriate algorithms for different applications.
Prerequisites: COS 216. Offered: Spring, even # years.

COS 337K • Behavioral Robotics. 3 Credits.

Control and automation are fundamental aspects of human, animal, and machine behavior. These topics will be considered from philosophical and psychological perspectives and explored through robotics and other hands-on experimental labs, in order to develop both a practical and theoretical, understanding of behavior.
Prerequisites: Laboratory Science (D) course; Mathematics (M) course. Special Note: Carries cross credit in psychology. Offered: Interim

COS 351 • High-Performance Computing. 3 Credits.

Fundamental concepts and techniques for parallel computation in C/C++ (load balancing, communication, synchronization, serial program decomposition) using an industry-standard parallel computing library.
Prerequisites: COS 205 or COS 214. Offered: Interim

COS 371 • Organization of Programming Languages. 3 Credits.

Formal programming language specification using various grammars and the Backus-Naur Form. Data types and structures, control structures, and data flow of several programming languages, including interpreters and compilers. Introduction to parsing and lexical analysis.
Prerequisites: COS 216. Offered: Spring, even # years

COS 386 • Data Communications and Computer Networks. 3 Credits.

Data communications including interprocess communication, computer networking, and associated software protocols. Topics include network topologies, point-to-point network protocols, local area networks, and interconnection of networks.
Prerequisites: COS 301. Offered: Spring, odd # years

COS 389 • Artificial Intelligence. 3 Credits.

Basic concepts and techniques of artificial intelligence, including representation, notational structures, searches, control structures, and logic programming languages. Samples of current work in several application areas including natural language systems, expert systems, and neural networks.
Prerequisites: COS 216. Offered: Spring, odd # years

COS 420 • Software Process. 3 Credits.

Balancing the various real-world challenges that a software engineer encounters, including ambiguity, conflicting requirements, task-time estimation, team dynamics, requests from customers, product managers or architects. A team-based software project on a modern computer science topic will be developed during the semester.
Prerequisites: COS 216; COS 477 recommended. Special Notes: Cross listed with ENR 420. Offered: Spring odd # years.

COS 450 • Humans and Computers. 3 Credits.

Examines the ways that humans and computers interact. Issues in user experience and human-machine interaction are explored. Christian and professional ethics in the development and application of computing technology are extensively examined.
Prerequisites: COS 216. Offered: Interim, even # years. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both COS 450 and GES 334K.

COS 477 • Software Engineering. 3 Credits.

Formal approach to the design and development of software. Multiple process models discussed and compared. Other topics include design patterns, project management and estimation, team management, formal methods, documentation, system and data description, verification and validation, and process improvement.
Prerequisites: COS 216. Special Notes: Cross listed with ENR 477. Offered: Fall, odd # years.

COS 490 • Topics in Computer Science. 3 Credits.

A seminar to provide an in-depth survey of a recent trend or field in the rapidly changing discipline of computer science. Students work on a significant project and explore the future implications of the current topic.
Prerequisites: COS 216. Offered: Occasionally.

DIG 200 • Introduction to Digital Humanities. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theory and practice of the digital humanities, or using computing skills to further study within the humanities disciplines. Integrates foundational humanities skills like reading, research, critical thinking, and writing with the toolset of 21st century digital life: E.G., coding, data visualization, mapping, text-mining, digital preservation and curation.
Offered: Spring.

DIG 310 • Advanced Digital Humanities. 3 Credits.

Interdisciplinary seminar deepening conversation about the digital humanities. Students collaborate with others and contribute expertise from their primary major to create sophisticated digital projects. Explores the history and theory of innovation, the personal and social impact of digitization, and the changing nature of work and leisure in a digital age.
Prerequisites: DIG 200; DES 105; COS 100; Junior standing. Offered: Fall.

DIG 481 • Internship in Digital Humanities. 3-4 Credits.

Practical experience enabling students to hone a range of digital skills to complement their abilities in critical thinking, research, and communication. Includes collaboration with peers, staff, professors and/or off-campus partners.
Prerequisites: DIG 200; Junior or Senior standing; Digital Humanities major Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring.

DES 105 • Introduction to Digital Media. 3 Credits.

Understand the tools and concepts of digital art-making and graphic design with an emphasis on foundational proficiency in industry standard software and hardware. Utilize and combine digital tools to solve visual and technical problems as part of a growing design and studio art practice.
Offered: Fall, Spring.

DES 150 • Typography. 3 Credits.

Typography—the visual presentation of language—is a foundational component of graphic design. Identify and investigate basic principles and communicative potential through project-based exploration of the following topics: terminology, letterforms, readability, hierarchy, structure, visual syntax, history, and context.
Offered: Fall.

DES 212 • Graphic Design I. 3 Credits.

Explore the foundational visual components of design and their communicative and creative potential through visual experiments, isolated studies, and careful observation. Develop original content through a design process that includes idea generation, material experimentation, evaluation, and iteration.
Prerequisites: DES 105. Offered: Fall, Spring.

DES 312 • Graphic Design II. 3 Credits.

Combine and extend basic design and typography principles through a range of real-world project scenarios. Engage with clients and manage projects from initial ideation through production stages. Special attention to strategizing, problem-defining and solving, collaboration, client interaction, and production.
Prerequisites: DES 212. Offered: Fall.

DES 322 • Digital Image Making. 3 Credits.

Develop advanced methods for brainstorming and creating engaging, communicative, professional images, through exposure to a broad range of techniques, collaboration, critique, and revision. Work is advanced and personal image making processes are established.
Prerequisites: DES 212. Offered: Interim.

DES 324 • Interactive Design. 3 Credits.

Develop and maintain a variety of interactive projects including websites, digital publishing, interactive documents, and applications. Work collaboratively to strategize solutions for complex projects that identify and respond to users’ needs. Understand and adapt to the rapid evolution of technology through research and self-teaching.
Prerequisites: DES 312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall.

DES 412 • Graphic Design III. 3 Credits.

Engage complex open-ended design problems in a collaborative environment. Utilize research, prototyping, and user interaction to develop efficient and scalable solutions. Develop personal design approach, values, ethical convictions, and portfolio materials.
Prerequisites: DES 312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Spring.

DES 481 • Internship in Design. 1-4 Credits.

Educational and practical experience in applying understanding and skill in a professional setting. An internship can be arranged in a design studio, advertising firm, non-profit organization, or other appropriate workplace. Supervised by a design faculty member.
Prerequisites: Five DES courses or consent of instructor; major in Graphic Design. Offered: Fall, Spring.