Spring 2018 courses

Spring 2018 Digital Humanities Courses

 ANT 465: Disaster, Culture and Health (I)
 Brian Hoey SEC 201 (CRN# 2064) TR 2:00-3:15
Disaster, Culture and Health (Study of contemporary environmental and social problems emphasizing health impacts of natural and technological disasters on communities around the world. (PR: Six hours of anthropology and sociology or departmental permission))


 ART 219: Gaze/Animate: Digital Images
Daniel Dean


SEC 201 (CRN# 2088)

SEC 202 (CRN # 2089)

TR 2:30-5:20

TR 2:30-5:20

Introduction to skills in still and moving digital images using both cameras and computers as creative and practical tools for artists and designers. Conceptual design will be emphasized.


 ART 318: Art and Design for Websites
 Daniel Dean SEC 201 (CRN# 2099) TR 8:30-11:20
 (This course will focus on art and design considerations in creating Web sites. Current software will be used to create graphics, video, and audio for Web page and Web site design. (PR: ART 214)


CIT 446 – 3D Modeling and Animation
Prof. Matt Mundell Section 201 (CRN# 2665) TR 2:00-3:15
Catalog Description: Covers 3D modeling to create environments and character animation. Explores 3D forms within sculpture, architecture, animation and games. Includes development of simplifications, abstractions and hyper-realities for gaming.

Prerequisites:                   CIT 340 or IST 360: Game Development I: 2D

Extra Description: This course will cover how digital artwork is produced for media such as video games and animated movies. It is a hands-on, skills based class that will begin by teaching techniques for generating 3D models, how to apply 2D imagery and textures to those models and how to produce that imagery in tools like Photoshop; it will then cover scene composition and the basics of 3D skeletal animation, culminating in animating a complex character made by the student, like an animal or human.


 CS 105: Explore the World with Computing (CT)
 Cong Pu SEC 201 (CRN# 2834) MW 1:00-2:15
 Central principles and big ideas of computing: problem-solving, computational and critical thinking, abstraction, creativity, reasoning, data, algorithms, recursion, visualization, and limits of computation. Solve real-world problems with computing


 CS 110: Computer Science I
 Haroon Malik

William Pierson

SEC 201 (CRN# 2835)

SEC 202 (CRN# 2836)

MW 1:00-2:15

TR 11:00-12:15

 Object-oriented and algorithmic problem solving principles and techniques, programming with classes in an integrated programming environment, and program debugging. 2 lec-2 lab. (PR: Computer Science Major, or Pre Computer Science major, or math ACT 23; and concurrent PR: (MTH 127 and MTH 132) or (MTH 130 and MTH 132) or MTH 132 or MTH 229 or MTH 229H))


 CS 120: Computer Science II
 Tianyi Song

James Fuller

SEC 201 (CRN# 2837)

SEC 231 (CRN# 2838)

TR 11:00-12:15

MW 8:00-9:15

 Object-oriented analysis and design, advanced programming with classes, arrays, strings, sorting, searching, I/O, GUI development, system life cycle and software development methodologies. 2 lec-2 lab. (PR: Computer Science Major, or Pre- Computer Science major, or math ACT 23; and CS110 and concurrent PR: (MTH 127 and MTH 132) or (MTH 130 and MTH 132) or MTH 132 or MTH 229 or MTH 229H)


ENG 280 (WI, Humanities, Literature): Special Topics: Digital Literary Studies
Ian Nolte, Robert Ellison

Kristen Lillvis

SEC 202 (CRN# 3132)

SEC 203 (CRN# 3133)

M 4:00-6:20

T 4:00-6:20

Do you have favorite text you want to pore over? Do you want a job writing about videogames? Are you interested in editing digital media? Here’s a way to get started on these goals and more. This course offers you an introduction to digital literary studies. Topics to be addressed include digitizing and analyzing print texts, comparing and critiquing electronic literature and videogames, and creating video essays. This course also covers the creation of digital portfolios.


ENG 344: Introduction to Film Studies (HUM, LIT, WI, FS)
Walter Squire


Section 202 (CRN# 3135)

Section 203 (CRN# 3136)

TR 11:00-12:15

TR 2:00-3:15

Have you ever wondered how films are made? How do flashes of light accompanied by sound work together to produce riveting stories, some so enchanting that we watch them over and over again? This course will focus upon film form, the artistry that produces the magic of movies. After devoting several weeks to an examination of the elements of film form–mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound—we will then shift our attention to international film history to provide a fuller picture of the possibilities of cinematic art. Readings from the assigned text Looking at Movies, by Richard Barsam and David Monahan, will be supplemented by selected American and international films. Assignments will include low-, medium-, and high-stakes writing (various in-class exercises, weekly viewing responses to films, and a formal analysis of a short film) as well as quizzes and a final exam.


ENG 408/508 (WI): Writing in the Digital World
Margaret Sullivan SEC 201 (CRN# 3152) TR 2:00-3:15
Designed for those who find themselves writing in, or preparing to write in, multimedia and online environments, this course will look at a variety of computer-mediated writing strategies.  The primary approach of the class will be involvement with the multimodal text itself:  creating, editing, and critiquing a variety of multimedia projects.  We’ll look carefully at issues related to quality of content, the specifics of online writing environments, and the educational and rhetorical theories that underlie digital writing.  Probable assignments include short responses as well as creating multimodal texts and a digital portfolio.


ENG 432: Contemporary Literature
 Kristin Steele SEC 201 (CRN# 3157) TR 4:00-5:15
Literature of Addiction
(Humanities, Literature, Addiction Studies Minor, Digital Humanities Minor)
What is “contemporary literature”? In addition to questioning and (re)defining both terms “contemporary” and “literature,” we will use various critical and theoretical lenses to help guide our readings and analyses. We will read a variety of texts—novels, memoirs, poetry, a graphic novel, films, experimental texts, blogs, and video games—that explore and examine addiction in some way. How has the way we write about and define addiction changed in the 21st Century? How do the ways we represent addiction in both traditional and non-traditional texts affect our understanding of the disease? How does the rhetoric surrounding addiction either reinforce or reject stigma? Can literature itself in part create new pathways for recovery? Requirements will include class writing experiments in form, mini-analysis assignments, a critical essay, and a digital project to culminate the semester.


 GEO 110: Basic GIS (1 hr.)
 Kimberly Griggs SEC 201 (CRN# 3352) M 2:00-3:50
 Introduction to GIS concepts including GIS components, spatial and tabular data, database elements, data formats, and map design; hands-on
experience with a GIS


 GEO 111: Air Photos and Satellite Imagery (1 hr.)
 Alan Edwards SEC 201 (CRN# 3353) W 2:00-3:50
 Introduction to photogrammetry and remote sensing through the hands-on investigation of aerial photographs and satellite imagery using the latest technology.


 GEO 112: Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS). (1 hr.)
 Jacob Wolfe  SEC 201 (CRN# 3354) M 2:00-3:50
History and principles of GPS; use of GPS in the field; application of GPS to academic or professional fields


 GEO 426: Principles of GIS. 4 hr.
 James Leonard  SEC 201 (CRN# 3364)

SEC 202 (CRN# 3365)

 M 6:30-10:00


 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) principles, techniques, and applications for the social and natural sciences with emphasis on foundational geographic principles in a lecture/lab format.


 HST 312: African-American History, 1619 to Present
 David Trowbridge
 A survey of African-American History from African and West Indian origins to the present. Students will conduct research and author short articles related to African American history in Clio, a website and mobile application that connects the public to historical and cultural landmarks, museums, monuments, and historical markers.


JMC 241 (WI): Media Design

Chris Ingersoll

SEC 201 (CRN# 3603)

SEC 202 (CRN# 3604)

MW 10:00-11:50 MW 12:00-1:50
Design principles; conceive, create and evaluate executions for print, websites, mobile applications, information-based and ad based graphics. (PR: Keyboarding proficiency)

The course uses industry standard digital vector and page layout tools to create publishing content. Basic design principles, typography, design history, and layout skills are covered with an emphasis on digital. How print moves to digital or how to distribute content through multiple channels through basic design is surveyed. It is a foundation course focused on design that benefits multiple disciplines. Practice is geared to teach basic principles with student ownership. No art, design or software experience required. Great for JMC, English, Marketing or any other major where learning to produce publishing content is advantageous through a basic understanding of good design that will benefit client pitches, storytelling and persuasive content.


 JMC 260: Digital Imaging for JMC
 Tijah Bumgarner  SEC 201 (CRN# 3607)

SEC 202 (CRN# 3608)

 TR 11:00-12:15

W 3:00-5:20

 Methods of taking and editing still and video digital images for print, broadcast, and digital publication. (PR: JMC 241 or an equivalent graphics course for all students except broadcast journalism and radio-television majors.)


JMC 462: Web Design for Mass Media
Chris Ingersoll SEC 201 (CRN# 3629) TR 9:30-10:45
Creative and practical aspects of typography, design and interactivity of online communications for the mass media.

Above is the catalog description. Students with JMC241 will be able to advance faster (they will bring typography, layout and design principle basics) in this course but if you have JR or SR students you feel need this, I will be happy to work with them a bit more.

This course will provide a basic foundation to utilizing the web for the distribution of content. Web history, particularly the passing of design from one new technology to another and how design is effected by new technologies, basic HTML, utilizing templates, design production processes including purchasing basic urls and server space for both personal, small business and academic (research) usage, user-centered design basics, maintaining brand on the web and understanding when and how larger complex projects need hired professionals. A great course for someone with a small business or wishes to publish a personal brand (writing, design etc) on the web. There will be one quick workshop in design thinking to help students develop a web project advantageous to their goals and careers.


Contact Us


Dr. Julie Snyder-Yuly
Interim Director of Digital Humanities
246 Smith Hall
Department of Communication Studies
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

Eryn Roles
Digital Humanities Librarian
224 Drinko Library
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

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