The Committee Interdisciplinary Major with a focus on Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) is an interdisciplinary degree program, combining courses in the areas of arts, humanities, social sciences, and information studies. The major aims to empower learning communities by leading students to a variety of opportunities: to develop skills and understanding of new knowledge production and research methods; to operate with confidence as media practitioners and global communicators with a diverse range of media literacies; and to collaborate and contribute as creative problem solvers using digital media in a networked culture.
Students who complete the Digital Arts & Culture major will be able to:
- Analyze digital and electronic media systems, explaining what these platforms do and how they do it.
- Engage with complex digital issues: online, offline, via ubiquitous computing hardware and software.
- Organize information, both architecturally and visually, structuring software, websites, advertisements, social media, and more.
- Demonstrate hands-on, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary, media production with artists and designers.
Coursework is drawn from three schools/colleges at UWM: Peck School of the Arts, College of Letters and Science, and School of Information Studies, with an overarching interest in the study and practice of Arts, Information, and Media.
Five categories of courses define the themes of the major:
- Core Culture, introducing students to essential cultural and historical dimensions of Digital Art and network practices.
- Media Systems, providing an overview of media industries.
- Digital Composition, building on the foundations of the 100-level core culture courses, encompassing courses that set out competencies in composing with concepts and tools of digital media for students to achieve.
- Understanding Digital Culture, engaging at the upper levels to analyze more complex systems and issues.
- Practicing the Digital Arts, also engaging at the upper levels, as a means of gaining practical experience organizing and collaborating in media production processes.
Complete 120 credits including 90 credits in the College of Letters & Science and with 36 of the 90 credits in L&S upper-level (numbered above 300) courses. The College requires that students must complete in residence at UWM at least 15 credits in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in their major. Students are also required to complete University-wide General Education Requirements and the specific L&S requirements listed below.
To complete a major, students must satisfy all the requirements of the major as stated in this catalog. Students who declare their majors within five years of entering the UW System as a degree candidate may satisfy the requirements outlined in any catalog issued since the time they entered. Credits used to satisfy the major also may be used to satisfy other degree requirements.
University General Education Requirements (GER)
|Oral and Written Communication|
|ENGLISH 102||College Writing and Research (or equivalent)|
|Course designated as OWC-B; may be completed through a major-specific course requirement|
|Select one of the following:|
|Contemporary Applications of Mathematics|
|Introduction to College Algebra|
|Algebraic Literacy II|
Or equivalent course
|Course designated as QL-B; may be completed through a major-specific course requirement|
|Select 3 credits||3|
|Select 6 credits||6|
|Select 6 credits||6|
|Select 6 credits (at least two courses including one lab)||6|
|UWM Foreign Language Requirement|
|Complete Foreign Language Requirement through:|
Two years (high school) of a single foreign language
Two semesters (college) of a single foreign language
|UWM Cultural Diversity Requirement|
|One course from the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences must also satisfy UWM's Cultural Diversity requirement|
College of Letters & Science Requirements
I. English Writing Requirement
Note: This requirement is the same as the University General Education Requirement for Oral and Written Communication Part A. The College of Letters & Science does not have a specific requirement for a writing course beyond English 102, but students must complete the university-wide requirement for Oral and Written Communication Part B listed above.
II. Mathematics and Formal Reasoning
To satisfy the Mathematics and Formal Reasoning Requirement, students must satisfy the following two requirements:
1. Achieve a Math Placement score of at least 30 or earn at least 3 credits with a grade of C or higher in one of the following courses or an equivalent course:
|MATH 102||Mathematical Literacy for College Students II||3|
|MATH 103||Contemporary Applications of Mathematics||3|
|MATH 105||Introduction to College Algebra||3|
|MATH 108||Algebraic Literacy II||3|
|MATH 175||Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I||3|
Note: This requirement is the same as the University General Education Requirement for Quantitative Literacy Part A, listed above.
2. Complete one course (at least 3 credits) at the 200 level or above chosen from courses in Mathematics, PHILOS 211, or Letters and Science statistics courses:
|Complete one of the following:|
3 or more credits in any 200-level or above Math course
|Introduction to Statistics in African and African Diaspora Studies|
|Introduction to Anthropological Statistics|
|Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences|
|Quantitative Analysis in Geography|
|The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data|
|Elementary Statistical Analysis|
|Political Data Analysis|
|Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology|
Note: This requirement is NOT the same as the University General Education Requirement for Quantitative Literacy Part B. To complete the BA, students must take one of the L&S approved courses. The courses listed here will satisfy the QL-B requirement.
III. Foreign Language Requirement
Placement testing may be used to satisfy all or part of this requirement. Language courses (including American Sign Language) other than English taken in high school may be used to satisfy all or part of this requirement. One year of high school language equates to one semester of college work.
Completion of the L&S Language Requirement also satisfies the university-wide Foreign Language GER, but not vice versa.
|Completed in one of the following ways: 1||0-18|
Successful completion of the 4th semester of college work or equivalent in one language other than English (including American Sign Language)
Successful completion of the 3rd semester of college work or equivalent in one language other than English (including American Sign Language) PLUS the 2nd semester of college work or equivalent in another language other than English (including American Sign Language)
IV. International Requirement
See Approved Courses for the L&S International Requirement for course options.
|Completed in one of the following ways: 1||9|
Complete 3 courses (min. 9 cr) in a single foreign language (not including literature-in-translation or American Sign Language) at the 3rd semester level and above
Complete 3 non-language courses (min. 9 credits) with an international content chosen from at least 2 curricular areas.
Complete 9 credits in combination of the two options above.
V. Breadth Requirement
Along with completing the University General Education Requirements of 3 credits in the Arts (A); 6 credits in the Humanities (HU), Social Sciences (SS), and Natural Sciences (NS/NS+); and a course with the Cultural Diversity (CD/+) designation, L&S students must complete the Breadth requirement.
|Select 3 credits||3|
|Complete 12 credits of L&S courses with Humanities Breadth designation; no more than 6 credits from a single subject area. *||12|
|Complete 12 credits of L&S Courses with Social Science Breadth designation; no more than 6 credits from a single curricular area. *||12|
|Complete 12 credits of L&S Courses with Natural Sciences Breadth designation, including at least one laboratory or field course; no more than 6 credits from a single curricular area. *||12|
|Complete 3 credits in a course with Cultural Diversity (CD) designation. **||3|
Students should check their course selections carefully with the list of approved L&S Breadth Courses. Students are advised to select at least 6 credits worth of courses in each of the Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Sciences areas that can satisfy both the campus-wide General Education Requirements and the L&S Breadth requirement.
Students are advised to select a course that satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement as well as a Humanities or Social Science breadth/GER requirement.
VI. The Major
The College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA in all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. Individual departments or programs may require higher GPAs for graduation. Some departmental majors require courses from other departments. Contact your major department for information on whether those credits will count as part of the major GPA. The College requires that students must complete in residence at UWM at least 15 credits in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses in their major.
Within their majors, students must complete a research experience approved by the L&S faculty. A list of courses satisfying the research requirement in each major can be found here.
Digital Arts and Culture Degree Requirements
You are strongly advised to consult both the DAC advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. A total of 36 credits is required for the major, of which at least 15 upper-level L&S credits must be completed in residence at UWM. No more than 21 credits from a single curricular area may count toward the submajor. Students must earn a 2.500 GPA on all UWM credits that count toward the submajor. In addition, the College requires that students earn a minimum 2.500 GPA on all submajor credits including transfer work.
|Core Culture Courses (6 credits)|
|ART 118||Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice||3|
|JAMS 113||Internet Culture||3|
|Media Systems Courses (3 credits)|
|Select one of the following:|
|Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet|
|Introduction to Information Science and Technology|
|Introduction to Mass Media|
|Digital Composition Courses (6 credits)|
|Select two of the following:|
|Introduction to Digital Studio: A/V Strategies|
|Introduction to Design|
|Writing in the Humanities|
|Writing in the Professions:|
|Web Design I|
|Introduction to Digital Arts|
|Understanding Digital Culture Courses (3 credits)|
|Select one of the following:|
|Anthropology and Popular Culture|
|Human Communication and Technology|
|Media and Society:|
|Human Factors in Information Seeking and Use|
|Practicing the Digital Arts Courses (3 credits)|
|Select one of the following:|
|Intermediate Digital Studio|
|Introduction to Application Development|
|Multimedia Application Development|
|Capstone Seminar (3 credits)|
|DAC 661||Digital Engagement Seminar||3|
|Electives (12 credits)|
|Select at least 6 credits from the Understanding Digital Culture Expanded Electives and 3 credits from the Practicing Digital Arts Expanded Electives. The remaining 3 credits can come from either group. At least one course from each group should be numbered 300 or above.|
|Understanding Digital Culture Expanded Electives|
|Anthropology and Popular Culture (if not selected above)|
|Cultures of Online Games and Virtual Worlds|
|Issues in Contemporary Art:|
|Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet (if not selected above)|
|History and Theory of New Media Art|
|Communication in Organizations|
|Human Communication and Technology (if not selected above)|
|Organizational Communication Technology|
|Rhetoric and the Internet|
|Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech|
|Contemporary Imagination in Literature and the Arts|
|Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century:|
|Literature and Film:|
|Advanced Independent Study|
|Introduction to Film Studies|
|Introduction to Television Studies|
|Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century|
|Topics in Film Studies:|
|Film and Literature|
|Media and Society: (if not selected above)|
|Cinema and Genre:|
|Theories of Mass Culture:|
|Intermediate Topics in Film Studies:|
|Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology|
|Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications|
|Global Studies Capstone Seminar: (Global Communications)|
|Global Communications Capstone: Future Trends (Future Trends)|
|Introduction to Information Science and Technology (if not selected above)|
|Information Technology Ethics|
|Human Factors in Information Seeking and Use (if not selected above)|
|Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services|
|The Search Engine Society|
|Information Technology and Organizations|
|Introduction to Mass Media (if not selected above)|
|Gender and the Media|
|Contemporary Non-Fiction Media|
|Principles of Media Studies|
|Media Literacy (if not selected above)|
|Race and Ethnicity in the Media|
|History of Mass Media|
|Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age|
|Media Studies and Culture|
|Seminar in Health and the Media|
|Practicing the Digital Arts Expanded Electives|
|Introduction to Digital Studio: A/V Strategies (if not selected above)|
|2D Design Strategies|
|Introduction to Design (if not selected above)|
|Intermediate Digital Studio|
|Interactive and Multimedia Art|
|Electronics and Sculpture|
|Web Design (if not selected above)|
|Web Design II|
|Digital Media Workshop:|
|Topics in Web, Interaction and Screen Design:|
|Internship in Digital Arts and Culture, Lower Division|
|Internship in Digital Arts and Culture, Upper Division|
|Writing in the Humanities (if not selected above)|
|Writing in the Professions: (if not selected above)|
|Forms of Experimental Literature:|
|Topics in Advanced Communications:|
|Rhetoric and Professional Writing|
|Project Management for Professional Writers|
|Information Design (if not selected above)|
|Introduction to Experimental Media Arts|
|Introduction to Digital Filmmaking|
|Introduction to Digital Arts (if not selected above)|
|Video in the Classroom|
|Media Arts Module:|
|Programming for Artists I|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Science|
|Geographic Information Science|
|Web Design I (if not selected above)|
|Introduction to Systems Analysis|
|Multimedia Application Development (if not selected above)|
|Advanced Topics in Information Science & Technology: (Flash)|
|Electronic Publishing and Web Design|
|Media Writing (if not selected above)|
|News Writing and Technology|
|Publication Design (if not selected above)|
|Introduction to Digital Documentary|
|Media Graphics (if not selected above)|
|On-Campus Internship ( DAC placement)|
|Analog and Digital Synthesis I|
|Digital Synthesis and Systems II|
|Special Studies in Music: (Interactivity and Improvisation)|
|Digital Audio Workstations for Stage and Studio|
|Sound Design and Digital Editing|
You are strongly advised to consult both the DAC advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree.
Letters & Science Advising
The College of Letters and Science provides general academic advising for all students with a major in the College, particularly as it relates to campus' general education requirements and the College's degree requirements. We also provide specialized advising for pre-professional students (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, etc.) regardless if their major is in Letters and Science or not. Prospective students, including high school students and students seeking to transfer to a program in Letters and Science may also receive advising from our admissions counselors.
Upon admission, students are assigned an advisor in the College advising office. Academic advising is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment. Appointments outside of these times may be available and phone appointments are available for online students. The advising office is located on the first floor of Holton Hall. Current students should call (414) 229-4654 to schedule an appointment or use the Student Success Collaborative website to make an appointment with your assigned advisor; online scheduling is only available if you already have a Letters & Science advisor assigned to you. Prospective students should call (414) 229-7711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When students declare a major, they will receive an additional faculty advisor located within the major department who will assist with requirements for that major. Students should read the "Declaration of Major" information on the website of the major that they are interested in. In some cases, the student will need to choose a faculty advisor as part of the declaration process.
All students are cautioned to consult their Letters & Science academic advisor AND their major advisor prior to each registration period to ensure they understand all requirements. Do not rely on pre-printed sample plans, as they are intended to be samples only and may not be right for your particular situation.
Honors in the College of Letters and Science
Dean's Honor List
GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.
Honors Degree and Honors Degree with Thesis
Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. In schools and colleges in which fewer than 15% of the traditional students have a 3.500 GPA, all-university honors will be awarded to approximately the top 15% of graduating students. A criterion GPA (not lower than 3.200) for this 15% will be calculated based on statistics from the previous comparable semester. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).
Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.