Digital Media, Arts, and Technology, B.A.

Program Code: DIGIT_BA

Entrance to Major

Students must earn C or better in ENGL 15 or ENGL 30H and COMM 270 to be eligible for entrance to the major.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Media, Arts, and Technology, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 8-15
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 24
Requirements for the Major 48-49

6-12 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GA courses for all categories; 0-4 credits of GQ courses for Data Visualization and Assessment category; 0-3 credits of GN courses for the Sound and Motion category; 0-6 credits of GS courses for the Modeling and Simulation/Human Computer Interaction category.

3 of the 24 credits for Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements are included in the Requirements for the Major, General Education, or Electives and 0-12 credits are included in Electives if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Foreign Language (0-12 credits): Student must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language. See the Placement Policy for Penn State Foreign Language Courses.

B.A. Fields (9 credits): Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (may not be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)

Other Cultures (0-3 credits): Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement.​

Requirements for the Major

Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ART 168The Digital Medium Keystone/General Education Course3
COMM 270Introduction to Multimedia Production3
DIGIT 100Introduction to Digital Humanities Keystone/General Education Course3
DIGIT 110Text Encoding Fundamentals3
DIGIT 210Large Scale Text Analysis3
DIGIT 400Digital Project Design3
PHOTO 100Introduction to Photography Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Select 9 credits from one of the following categories: 19
Digital Humanities
ART 203
Introduction to Creative Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Digital Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course
and Applied Geographic Information Systems
Require a grade of C or better:
Writing for the Web (requires a grade of C or better)
Geographic Information Systems (requires a grade of C or better)
Archival Management (requires a grade of C or better)
Sound and Motion
Basic Video/Filmmaking
Introduction to Graphic Design Keystone/General Education Course
The Science of Music Keystone/General Education Course
Integrating Music and Animation with Technology Keystone/General Education Course
Fundamentals of Digital Audio Keystone/General Education Course
Rudiments of Music Keystone/General Education Course
Require a grade of C or better:
Advanced Multimedia Production (requires a grade of C or better)
Electronic Music Composition (requires a grade of C or better)
Modeling & Simulation/Human Computer Interaction
Introduction to Visual Programming
Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors Engineering Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Psychology of Perception Keystone/General Education Course
Require a grade of C or better:
Intermediate Visual Programming (requires a grade of C or better)
Simulations of Human Behavior (requires a grade of C or better)
Website Design and Administration (requires a grade of C or better)
Engineering Psychology (requires a grade of C or better)
Data Visualization & Assessment
Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Management Information Systems
Require a grade of C or better:
Data Visualization (requires a grade of C or better)
Database Management Systems (requires a grade of C or better)
Introduction to Data Analytics (requires a grade of C or better)
Systems Analysis (requires a grade of C or better)
Select 6 credits from a second category not used above6
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
DIGIT 494Senior Project3
or DIGIT 495 Internship
Select one of the following:3-4
Communication Ethics
Introduction to Writing Studies
Scope and Methods of History
Basic Research Methods in Psychology
Congress and the Presidency
Supporting Courses
Select 6 credits (at least 3 credits at the 400-level) from the department list or in consultation with adviser6

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Sharon Dale, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
136 Kochel
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6208
sxd4@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Digital Media, Arts, and Technology, B.A. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H3World Language (Level 2)4
PSU 71GS Selection (PSYCH 100 if PSYCH 200 needed for DIGIT Module)3
World Language (Level 1)4Integrative Studies Selection (N or Z Suffix)3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5MATH 21 (GQ)3
ART 168 or PHOTO 100 (GA)*†3PHOTO 100 or ART 168 (GA)*†3
DIGIT 100*3 
 15.5 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
DIGIT 210*3ENGL 202B or 202C3
World Language (Level 3)4Integrative Studies Selection (N or Z Suffix)13
COMM 270*3GQ (PSYCH 200 Suggested)3-4
DIGIT Module 1**3BA Knowledge Domain3
BA Knowledge Domain (MIS 204 Suggested)3HSS Supporting Course for DIGIT (300-Level)***3
 16 15-16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
DIGIT 110*3CAS 1003
Elective1-3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
DIGIT Module 1**3DIGIT Module 2**3
CAS 426W, ENGL 211W, HIST 301W, PLSC 480W, or PSYCH 301W*3Elective3
General Education Course (GH)3DIGIT Module 1**3
 13-15 13.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
DIGIT 400*3DIGIT 494 or 495*3
General Education Course (GN)3Other Cultures Selection3
DIGIT Module 2**3General Education Course (GN)3
HSS Supporting Course (400-Level)***3General Education Course (GS)3
General Education Course (GH)3BA Knowledge Domain3
 15 15
Total Credits 119-122

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Additional Notes

*Recommended General Education Courses

  • Art History 112 Survey of Western Art II (GA)
  • Art History 326 Contemporary Art  (GA)
  • COMM 150 The Art of Cinema (GA)
  • ENGL 50 (Introduction to Creative Writing (GA)
  • GD 100   Introduction to Graphic Design (GA)
  • INART 236 Integrating Music and Animation with Technology (GA)
  • MUSIC 008 Rudiments of Music (GA)
  • CMLIT 153: International Cultures: Film and Literature. (GH)
  • PHIL 005: Philosophy, Art, and Film. (GH)
  • INART 050: The Science of Music (GN)
  • CMPSC 203: Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases (GQ)
  • PSYCH 200 or STAT 200 (GQ)
  • PL SC 123 Ethnic and Racial Politics (GS; IL, US)
  • PL SC 130 American Political Campaigns and Elections (GS; US)
  • GEO 160 and 161: Mapping and 1-credit lab  (GS)

  **Digital Competency Categories

                       §   Digital Humanities

  • ART 203: The Art of Web Design
  • ENGL 050: Introduction to Creative Writing  (GA)
  • ENGL 229: Digital Studies
  • ENGL 420:  Writing for the Web
  • GEO 160 and 161: Mapping and 1-credit lab  (GS)
  • GEO 363: Advanced Mapping
  • HIST 490/LST 490: Archival Management

§   Sound and Motion

  • COMM 242: Basic Video/Filmmaking
  • COMM 481: Advanced Multimedia Production
  • GD 100: Introduction to Graphic Design (GA)
  • INART 050: The Science of Music (GN)
  • INART 236: Integrating Music and Animation with Technology (GA)
  • INART 258A: Fundamentals of Digital Audio
  • MUSIC 008: Rudiments of Music (GA)
  • MUSIC 458: Electronic Music Composition

§   Modeling & Simulation/ Human- Computer Interaction

  • CMPSC 102: Introduction to Visual Programming
  • CMPSC 302: Intermediate Visual Programming
  • DIGIT 430: Principles of Modeling and Simulation
  • PSYCH 244: Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors
  • PSYCH 253 Psychology of Perception
  • PSYCH 444: Engineering Psychology

§   Data Visualization & Assessment

  • CMPSC 203: Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases (GQ)
  • DIGIT 410: Data Visualization
  • MIS 204: Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • MIS 336: Database Management Systems
  • MIS 345 Data Analytics
  • MIS 430: System Analysis

     *** List of Supporting Courses

  • Art History 112 Survey of Western Art II (GA)
  • Art History 326 Contemporary Art  (GA)
  • CMLIT 490: Video Game Studies
  • CMLIT 153: International Cultures: Film and Literature. (GH)
  • CMLIT 453 / COMM 453: Narrative Theory: Film and Literature
  • CAS 272: Political Rhetoric and Discourse Online
  • COMM 110: Media and Democracy
  • COMM 150: The Art of Cinema. (GA)
  • COMM 251: The Nature of Media
  • ENGL 191: Science Fiction (GH)
  • ENGL 403: Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 212: Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 214: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 215: Introduction to Article Writing
  • ENGL 424: Creative Writing and the Natural World.
  • HIST 151: Technology and Society in American History
  • HIST 320W: Contemporary World History and Issues
  • PHIL 005: Philosophy, Art, and Film. (GH)
  • PL SC 002 American Public Policy 
  • PL SC 123 Ethnic and Racial Politics (GS; US; IL)
  • PL SC 130 American Political Campaigns and Elections (GS;US)
  • PL SC 308 Introduction to Political Research
  • PL SC 442: American Foreign Policy
  • PL SC 458: Government and Politics of East Asia
  • PL SC/STS 460 Science, Technology, and Public Policy
  • PL SC 467: International Relations of the Middle East
  • PL SC 480W: Congress and the Presidency
  • PL SC 482 American State and Urban Politics
  • PSYCH 232: (GS;US;IL) Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSYCH 426  Psychology of Language
  • PSYCH 434: Psychology of Gaming
  • SOC 019 Sociology of Popular Culture  (GS)
  • WMNST 100: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WMNST 106: Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art, and Popular Culture
  • WMNST/STS 157: Science, Technology, and Gender
  • COMM/WMNST 205: Women, Minorities, and the Media
  • WMNST 301 Sexualities, Gender and Power: Feminist Thought and Politics

Career Paths

The B.A. in Digital Media, Arts, and Technology meets growing employer demand for professionals capable of both critical analysis and creative production of digital media, virtual reality, and augmented reality. To tailor the program to your career interests, you’ll study in any two of four concentrations: Digital Humanities; Sound and Motion; Modeling and Simulation/Human-Computer Interaction; and Data Visualization and Assessment. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center.

Careers

Career options for graduates of the Digital Media, Arts, and Technology program include web content editor, web designer, digital marketing strategist, social media specialist, digital artist, digital photo/video editor, digital art director, multimedia specialist, music producer, music/sound designer for film and interactive gaming, audio engineer, music/audio software developer, podcast producer, digital media planner, technical producer, public relations or advertising specialist, and graphic designer.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE DIGITAL MEDIA, ARTS, AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A B.A. in Digital Media, Arts, and Technology can be the starting point for graduate-level education in more specialized fields, including social media marketing, digital journalism, data analytics, digital information management, informatics and visual content management, sound studies, acoustics, music information retrieval, data sonification, music informatics, electronic music composition, VR and AR application, digital publishing, new-media arts, communication and media studies, integrated marketing communication, and digital media education.

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Professional Resources

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences