Minor in Digital Culture
& Data Analytics (DCDA)
The Digital Culture and Data Analytics (DCDA) minor is an interdisciplinary program designed for students with an interest in how digital technologies can be used to shape, analyze, and articulate contemporary culture.
Historically, students in the liberal arts graduate with strong abilities in research, analysis, and verbal and written communication. This minor will build on those skills by giving students experience with big data, data visualization, web-based writing, and the foundations of coding and visual design.
You can view the program’s official page on the TCU Admissions site:
Students minoring in Digital Culture and Data Analytics (DCDA) complete 21 hours of coursework: 4 required and a choice of 3 additional courses from an approved list (see below). In choosing these courses, students take no more than 2 courses from any single discipline. A minimum of 9 hours at the upper-division are required. Students who minor in Digital Culture and Data Analytics must choose whether DCDA-approved courses in their major discipline will count toward the major or the minor. No course may count for both.
The 21 hours to include:
Required courses: (12 hours)
MATH 10043 (Elementary Statistics)
or INSC 20153 (Statistical Analysis)
GEOG 30323 (Data Analysis and Visualization)
or COSC 10603 (Introduction to Python for Data Analysis)
WRIT 40163 (Multimedia Authoring I: Image & Hypertext)
or WRIT 40263 (Multimedia Authoring II: Animation & Film)
or WRIT 40363 (Multimedia Authoring III: Apps & Ebooks)
or WRIT 40463 (Multimedia Authoring IV: Comics Production)
or WRIT 40563 (Multimedia Authoring V: Sound & Podcasting)
DCDA 40833 (Capstone in Digital Culture & Data Analytics)
The remaining 9 hours may be selected from either category and may include courses from both categories.
Digital Culture Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the social, and/or historical context of digital culture.
- Students will demonstrate an ability to compose digital arguments.
- Students will encounter significant works of scholarship and/or methods for doing research in digital studies.
Data Analytics Outcomes
- Coding: Students will develop at least intermediate proficiency with at least one coding language used for spatial/statistical analysis (STATA, R, Python)
- Data Management and Manipulation: students will know how to find data, create datasets, manipulate and clean data, and create new variables from pre-existing data sources.
- Analysis and Statistics: Students will be able to choose and apply proper statistical methods for analysis and interpret the results of their analysis.
- Regression and Spatial Analysis: students will be able to use GIS and statistical software to explore patterns, relationships, and processes.
- Presentation of Data: Students will be able to present the results of their analysis in a variety of formats including: plots and graphs, digital mapping and cartography, online data presentation formats.
Approved Course Listing:
Digital Culture (DC) Courses:
ANTH 40523 – Mass Media and Culture
SOCI 30583 – Technology, Social Media, and Society
ARGD 10143 – Introduction to Visual Communication
ARGD 20453 – Intro to Computer Graphics
ARST 10123 – Design & Color
ARST 20503 – Video Art: Beginning New Media
ARST 20743 – Photography (and many other photography courses)
ARST 30510 – 3D Modeling and 3D Printing: Advanced New Media
ARST 30610 – Interactive Robotics and Art
CRWT 30363 – Digital Creative Writing
ENGL/WRIT 30803 – Theories of Cinema
WRIT 20303 – Writing Games
WRIT 20333 – Language, Technology, and Society
WRIT 30223 – Technical Writing and Information Design
WRIT 30283 – Cyberliteracies
WRIT 30893 – Digital Inclusiveness: Cultural Identity and Authoring
WRIT 40163 – Multimedia Authoring: Image and Hypertext
WRIT 40233 – Writing for Publication
WRIT 40243 – Professional Writing
WRIT 40263 – Multimedia Authoring: Animation and Film
WRIT 40283 – Editing and Publishing
WRIT 40363 – Multimedia Authoring: Mobile Apps and eBooks
WRIT 40463 – Multimedia Authoring IV: Comics Production
WRIT 40563 – Multimedia Authoring V: Sound & Podcasting
HIST 30673 – History of Museums and Collecting
HIST 30803 – Recent US Urban History: Race, Space, and Community Activism
HIST 30813 – Texas Communities Oral History Project
RELI 30483 – Digital Religion
STCO 30653 – Web Apps
STCO 40803 – New Media
STCO 36403 – Digital Storytelling
STCO 40970 (Special Topics) – History of Digital Media
Data Analytics (DA) Courses
COSC 10603 – Introduction to Python for Data Analysis
CRJU 20883 – Criminal Justice Research Methods II
CRJU 30703 – Crime Mapping
ECON 40313 – Econometrics
GEOL 30363 – Intro to Geospatial Tech
GEOG 30313 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 30323 – Data Analysis & Visualization
GEOG 40313 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 40323 – Urban and Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
INSC 20153 – Statistical Analysis
MATH 10043 – Elementary Statistics