Mar 31, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Digital Studies Minor

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The minor in digital studies explores the rich potential of digital media for critical analysis and creative discovery. Learning the exciting and dynamic potential of a broad array of tools and technologies, students create innovative projects, from photo essays to Web-based documentaries, from interactive videos to sophisticated Websites, and from typography in motion to 3-D visualizations. Elective courses explore media for social change, tangible computing, transmedia expression and more, allowing students to use media in pursuit of their own interests and to enhance their major.

All digital studies courses combine theory and practice in lab-based seminars featuring hands-on tutorials to support students in producing sophisticated media-rich work. Participants in this minor gain powerful skills useful in future endeavors within or beyond academia, where the ability to work effectively with media is a crucial job skill.

Information about courses and other program offerings can be obtained by emailing the Media Arts and Practice program at

Program Requirements

A minimum of 20 units is required to complete the minor. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Regular Minor Track

Complete any additional upper-division units (300-level or higher) from either the MA+P Platform or the MA+P Elective courses, to reach a minimum of 16 upper-division units total for the minor. If 16 units of upper-division course work has already been reached, then no additional courses are necessary.

Honors Thesis Track

Students who wish to pursue the honors track must submit an application to their minor adviser. If approved, students will complete a capstone thesis project during their senior year in order to earn an honors designation. Students must enroll in the following thesis courses:

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