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New Media & Digital Culture

Coordinator: Dr. Jen Boyle

From Twitter Revolutions to online literary journals and news blogs, the world of writing and publishing is changing at a dramatic pace. The emphasis on New Media and Digital Culture in English at CCU builds on the practices and theories of traditional studies in English and Creative Writing to explore the changing dimensions of textual production, reading communities, and scholarship in an age of digital reproduction. The research and teaching interests of faculty in New Media and Digital Culture focus on a range of questions related to new media, literature, writing, and digital culture: How do you prepare to be an informed and creative writer or scholar in an increasingly digital world? What is the role of literary and cultural history in affecting thoughtful critiques about how we create and access digital texts and information? How is new media changing how we think about authorship, copyright, and the past, present, and future of mediated interaction and communication?

A three-course sequence in English new media courses comprises the core requirements for the interdisciplinary minor in New Media & Digital Culture (see below). Commensurate with the growing integration of digital technologies with humanities and the arts worldwide, and an increasing reliance on digital resources in all walks of life, the interdisciplinary minor encourages coursework from multiple Colleges across the University. The New Media and Digital Culture minor is concentrated on both the practical tools essential to the creation of digital media, and the critical thought required of scholars and professionals in an increasingly mediated world.

ENGL 231: Film, New Media and Culture. (3). (Prereq: ENGL 101.) This course is designed to provoke and cultivate students’ imaginative and critical understanding of film and new media in various cultural contexts. The course promotes an active and critical engagement with film and new media texts as a means for analysis and critique of media innovations within the broader framework of humanistic inquiry. Texts and films will vary by section.

ENGL 331: Critical Approaches to New Media. (3). (Prereq: ENGL 231.) This course introduces students to the criticism and theory defining the field of New Media studies. The class will explore some of the major historical, cultural, sociopolitical, philosophical, and critical trends in this field.

ENGL 431: New Media and Literature. (3) (Prereq: (1) ENGL 101 and 102 and (2) one other 200-level ENGL class.) This class will explore the future (and past) of literature in the digital age. We will begin with some historical examples of hypertext (that is, in its original meaning, text that goes “beyond” or “above” limitations of the written word) from Heraclitus, Dante, early modern broadsides, Blake and Woolf. The second part of the class will be dedicated to encounters with the literature and criticism of New Media. We will continue with some preprofessional preparation designed to make English majors aware of the changing textual landscape of their discipline.

Careers and areas of graduate study related to English and New Media and Digital Culture:

Careers
Web Writing and Design
Journalism
Publishing
Scholarly and Creative Editing
Creative Writing
Advertising Copy Editing and Media Production
Technical Writing and Editing
Multimedia Design and/or Production (Newspapers and Publishing)
Communications Management
Educational Technology
Social Media Design
Media Entrepreneurship

Graduate Study
English and New Media Studies
Archive Studies
Cultural Studies
Rhetoric and Communication Studies
Digital Literacy
Design and Information Studies
Film and Media Studies
Law (Electronic Copyright and Ownership)
Creative Writing (Digital Art and Writing)
Museum and Curatorial Studies
Library Science (Digital Databases and Archives)

NEW MEDIA AND DIGITAL CULTURE MINOR
The minor in New Media and Digital Culture at Coastal Carolina University seeks to encourage the academic study, critical analysis and creative application of new media, hypertext, database design, 3-D architectural and theatrical modeling, digital archiving, web design, data retrieval matrices, binary communication theory, graphic design, animation, laser scanning, Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), location-aware software, and audio and video production, compression, mixing, and archiving. Commensurate with the growing integration of digital technologies with humanities and the arts worldwide, and an increasing reliance on digital resources in all walks of life, the interdisciplinary minor encourages coursework from multiple Colleges across the University.
Requirements:

ENGL 231.................................................................................3
ENGL 331.................................................................................3
ENGL 431.................................................................................3

Choose any four (4) courses from the following, two (2) of which must be at the 300 or higher level: ARTH 450, ARTS 201, 202, 205,301, 302, 305, 306, 308, 309, 400, 401,402, 450, COMM 275, 401, CSCI 105, 106, 120, 203, 209, 408, EDUC 204, ENGL 378,390, 454, 480, ENVI 331, GEOG 204, HIST 455, IDS 210, JOUR 201, 310, 312, 314,PHIL 315, MSCI 331, MUS 391, MUS 392, THEA 359, UNIV 200...................12
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TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED................................................................21