Digital Studies 101

A common resource for Digital Studies at UMW.


This course introduces the Minor in Digital Studies and also satisfies a requirement for the Major in Communication and Digital Studies. In this class, students encounter a broad approach to digital inquiry, digital creativity and critical practice as manifest in different disciplines. This class will help students develop the ideas, practices, and skills that continue to pursue in future coursework. While some coursework will involve working closely with computer software and code, no prior experience with programming is required or expected, as this is not a Computer Science class. Instead, we take an inclusive approach to the “digital” in digital studies. In the Spring 2017 semester, DGST 101: Introduction To Digital Studies is being taught in three sections by two professors, each with our own approaches and assignments. If you have questions for either of us, you can find our contact info at each of our respective websites:  

Lee Skallerup Bessette

@readywriting |

Section 2: 10:00 – 10:50 MWF, HCC 327

Zach Whalen

@zachwhalen |

Section 1: 12:00 – 12:50 MWF, HCC 327
Course Site (Canvas)

All sections are sharing a slack domain at