Digital Humanities Courses

courses for the digital humanities certificate

Digital humanities courses are being offered at UNC and across the Triangle in growing numbers. This list of current and past classes includes courses that:

  • deal directly with digital humanities theory and practice,
  • incorporate digital humanities projects into coursework, or
  • build skills relevant to digital humanities work, such as database design, text mining, web development,  interface design, etc.

Courses Scheduled for Fall 2020

Course Offerings By Semester


Previously offered courses


Course Number

Course Title

Course Description

American Studies

AMST 498 The Documentary Turn In the 20th century, oral history, photography, film and ethnographies brought into existence narratives that would never otherwise have existed. Documentary as a discipline was central to bearing witness. “The Documentary Turn: Southern Cultures” offers an ongoing conversation focused on the proposition of the “documentary turn” in the 21st century. Information flows and new technologies have changed the documentary enterprise in fundamental ways that open new possibilities and challenge continuing conventions. The rise of digital platforms, crowd-sourced communications, and viral information test the very nature of what documentary practices entail. The documentary turn questions fundamental understandings of what it means to be a documentarian. Our conversation begins with questions of creativity, witness, voice, purpose, and evidence.
AMST 671 (Cross-listed: HIST 671) Introduction to Public History Introduces the theory, politics, and practice of historical work conducted in public venues (museums, historic sites, national parks, government agencies, archives), directed at public audiences, or addressed to public issues.
AMST 840 Digital Humanities and American Studies This student-driven, collaborative course explores the impact of digital technology on American Studies, considering theoretical and practical ways the digital world offers both vexing problems for humanities scholars and tempting solutions to their questions. This course will be organized around student needs and interest and seeks to create an environment where students can use digital tools to explore their research questions and enhance their projects. The shape of the class is thus very much up to those enrolled, but participants should expect to discuss readings on digital humanities, review case studies, critique examples of digital public projects, and practice using digital tools. No prior DH training is necessary, but a willingness to experiment and contribute to crafting and reaching our shared goals will be essential.
AMST 850 Digital Humanities Practicum Participants will contribute to ongoing DIL project work and augment and expand published projects. In addition to exploring and evaluating a range of digital humanities tools, they will learn to use DH Press to design and implement digital humanities projects and explore different ways of visualizing digital humanities data for academic and non-academic audiences. They will gain valuable experience in developing effective work practices and hone project management and communication/presentation skills of particular relevance to interdisciplinary, collaborative, public-facing digital humanities practice.


ANTH 419-001 Anthropological Application of GIS Permission of the instructor. GIS experience required. This course explores applying GIS science technologies to anthropological problems. Students will learn GIS skills and apply them using spatial data.
ANTH 454-079 The Archaeology of African Diasporas Considers how archaeological evidence is used to understand the movement of Africans and their descendants across the globe, with an emphasis on the transformation of societies on the African continent and in the Americas.

Art History

ARTH 851 alt-Methods: Digital Art History This course introduces students to current digital art history projects and practices as well as methods for approaching art historical research in new ways. We will explore concepts and case studies in digital art history and the digital humanities, experiment with software and tools, and discuss emerging trends and developments in the discipline as well as professional opportunities.

Biomedical Engineering

BMME 775-001(Cross-listed: COMP 775) Image Processing & Analysis Prerequisites, COMP 665, MATH 547, and STOR 435. Approaches to analysis of digital images. Scale geometry, statistical pattern recognition, optimization. Segmentation, registration, shape analysis. Applications, software tools.Considerable prior experience in programming and mathematics is absolutely necessary for success in grad-level Computer Science courses.
Instructor permission required


COMM 431 Advanced Audio Production Prerequisite, COMM 130 or 150; Grade of C or better in COMM 130; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Advanced analysis and application of the principles and methods of audio production.
COMM 453 The History of New Media Technology in Everyday Life Prerequisite, COMM 140. The starting point for this course, chronologically and conceptually, is the emergence of popular media technology. Our purview includes transformative innovations in mediated communication, such as telephony and e-mail, alongside familiar media technologies such as televisions and computers.
COMM 635 Documentary Production Prerequisite, COMM 230. A workshop in the production of video and/or film nonfiction or documentary projects. The course will focus on narrative, representational, and aesthetic strategies of documentary production.
COMM 638-001 Game Design Prerequisite, COMM 150. Permission of the instructor for non-majors. Studio course that explores gaming critically and aesthetically. Practice in game design and production including three-dimensional worlds and scripting.
COMM 644 Documentary Production: First Person Filmaking Prerequisite, COMM 230. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Students create documentaries emphasizing the filmmaker’s personal perspective and experience: essay, diary, and autobiographical films, and pieces in which the filmmaker performs a role for expressive or political ends. Significant class time is devoted to work-shopping student films.
COMM 650-001 Cultural Politics of Global Media Culture Prerequisite, COMM 140. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Primary subjects will be popular culture and media technology, and guiding questions will be organized around the relationships of each to commerce and/as social change.
COMM 654-001 Motion Graphics, Special Effects, and Compositing Prerequisites, COMM 130 or COMM 150 with a C or better, Department Consent Required. In this course course students will learn a wide range of post-production techniques for video projects, using primarily After Effects (and Photoshop to a lesser extent). Topics explored include: Compositing, that is to say the integration and collage-ing of multiple video/film/still/text layers. Motion Graphics deals with the movement through 2D and 3D screen space of these layers, and Visual Effects will consider the myriad ways one can distort, color manipulate, and modify these layers, or create such phenomena as clouds, fire, etc. Besides creating projects using these techniques, we will also screen and analyze how this form of image manipulation is used in television and motion pictures.
COMM 666 (Cross-listed: DRAM 666 Media in Performance Media in Performance is an advanced project based class students where students from various disciplines will acquire skills and critical approaches that enable them to create advanced, professional multi-media works. They will refine the concepts and processes of multi-media theatre and build performance works that will integrate live and mediated elements toward creating full and rich performance work.
COMM 682 History of the Moving Image: Pasts, Presents, Futures. Theories of moving images and imaging technologies–from the primitive to the not-yet-existing–that focus on their multifaceted relations with various registers of time, memory, flux, and futurity.
Requisites: Prerequisite, ARTH 159, COMM 140, or ENGL 142; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Grading status: Letter grade.
COMM 856 Seminar in Communication Technology: Computation and Culture Prerequisite, COMM 700. Examines new communication technologies, their spatial and social diffusion, and how these relate to theories of culture, politics, and technology and the real-world contexts in which technologies are received. May be repeated.

Computer Science

COMP 410 Data Structures Prerequisite, COMP 401. The analysis of data structures and their associated algorithms. Abstract data types, lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. Sorting, searching, hashing.
COMP 411 Computer Organization Prerequisite, COMP 401. Digital logic, circuit components. Data representation, computer architecture and implementation, assembly language programming.
COMP 426 Modern Web Programming Prerequisites, COMP 401 and 410. Developing applications for the World Wide Web including both client-side and server-side programming. Emphasis on Model-View-Controller architecture, AJAX, RESTful Web services, and database interaction.
COMP 585 Serious Games Prerequisite, COMP 410 or 411. Concepts of computer game development and their application beyond entertainment to fields such as education, health, and business. Course includes team development of a game.
COMP 590 Experimental Digital Studio


EDUC 790 Design of Emerging Technologies for Education This class is a project-based course focusing on emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, games, 3-D printing, and simulations for education, and design thinking that drives these innovations. Students will design technology-enhanced solutions for educational challenges based on their interests.


ENGL 530 Introduction to Digital Humanities Materials and Methodology Course will be taught online through the Friday Center. Non-degree seeking students are encouraged to consider this course. Degree-seeking student should be aware of the course enrollment protocols. This course will give you a thorough introduction to the topics, tools, and techniques that animate the field of digital humanities. If you are already working in the digital humanities, or hope to, this course should both broaden and deepen your understanding of the scholarly work that has been and continues to be done under the mantle of “DH.”
ENGL 674 Digital Literature Digital literature explores how literary works are composed for, shaped by, and studied in electronic environments. Course texts range from books to electronic fiction and poetry to video games. Hands-on activities give students a chance to develop their own literary projects—either as electronic literary works or as digital scholarship.
ENGL 676 Digital Editing & Curation Students will investigate theories and practices of editing in multi-media, digital environments. Students will explore histories of textual editing, research major humanities projects, examine trends and toolsets related to developing scholarly digital materials, and collaborate with one another and with campus entities to develop an online digital humanities project.
ENGL 709 Technologies of Literary Production This course introduces the history of technologies used to produce and circulate literature, from medieval Europe to the twenty-first-century. Proceeding chronologically, this history provides a broad overview of the material conditions of possibility for the emergence of literary form and genre in the Anglophone tradition.
ENGL 801 Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition This course explores the impacts of information technology on teaching and scholarship in the humanities. Students critique and learn to integrate emerging technologies into their pedagogy and research interests.


GEOG 410 Modeling of Environmental Systems Uses systems theory and computer models to understand ecosystem energy and matter flows, such as energy flow in food webs, terrestrial ecosystem evapotranspiration and productivity, related to climate, vegetation, soils, and hydrology across a range of spatial and temporal scales.
GEOG 491 Introduction to GIS Prerequisite, GEOG 370. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Stresses the spatial analysis and modeling capabilities of organizing data within a geographic information system. (GISci)
GEOG 541 GIS in Public Health Explores theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS) for public health. The course includes an overview of the principles of GIS in public health and practical experience in its use. (GISci)
GEOG 577 Advance Remote Sensing Prerequisite, GEOG 370 or 477. Acquisition, processing, and analysis of satellite digital data for the mapping and characterization of land cover types. (GISci)
GEOG 591 Applied Issues in GIS Prerequisite, GEOG 477, 491, or equivalent. Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. The class is largely a research-project oriented course. Examples of the work produced can be found on the course’s page on Digital Atlases and Resource Pages.
GEOG 592-001 Geographic Information Science Programming Prerequisite, GEOG 370 or 491. This course will teach students the elements of GISci software development using major GIS platforms. Students will modularly build a series of applications through the term, culminating in an integrated GIS applications program.
GEOG 594-001 Global Positioning Systems and Applications Prerequisite, GEOG 370. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) fundamental theory, application design, post processing, integration of GPS data into GIS and GPS application examples (such as public health, business, etc.) will be introduced.
GEOG 650 Technology and Democracy Are technological choices open to democratic participation? Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. The class is largely a research-project oriented course. Examples of the work produced can be found on the course’s page on Digital Atlases and Resource Pages.


HIST 490 Modeling and Mapping Historical Environments In this course, students will explore the use of digital methodologies for the spatial modeling of historical places and events. Critical issues pertaining to the reconstruction of the past will be covered, as well as technical skills in digital mapping and modeling with tools such as Google Earth, SketchUp, Unity game engine, and GIS. Students will gain knowledge in the theory and practicum of digital humanities as well as an understanding of spatial approaches to historical material.
HIST 890-02 Introduction to Digital Humanities This graduate seminar is designed to introduce students to the theories and methods of the digital humanities, with particular emphasis on digital history. We begin with an overview of DH from its roots post-WWII to the present, and proceed to the emerging practices, theoretical underpinnings and disciplinary paradigms of the young field. In keeping with the digital humanities’ commitment to experimentation, public discourse, and praxis, we will compile a web presence for our seminar that includes blog posts from students that engage with the discussions and readings. A series of tutorials will provide hands-on experience with a range of common digital humanities tools. The seminar will culminate in a final project in which students apply DH methodologies to their own research interests.
HIST 890-05 Digital History: Trends, Challenges and the Future of the Historical Method A graduate-level survey of digital approaches, methods, tools, and materials. The course will draw examples and illustrations from across historical fields and periods and provide students an opportunity to explore issues of particular relevance to their own subject interests. The course also will use materials relating to World War II as a test bed for highlighting the basic theory and methods of social network analysis (SNA). No prior technical experience or knowledge is required.

Information and Library Science

INLS 465 Understanding Information Technology for Managing Digital Collections Prepares students to be conversant with information technologies that underlie digital collections in order to evaluate the work of developers, delegate tasks, write requests for proposals, and establish policies and procedures. Teaches students how to think about information technology systems and recognize and manage interdependencies between parts of the systems.
INLS 509 Information Retrieval Study of information retrieval and question answering techniques, including document classification, retrieval and evaluation techniques, handling of large data collections, and the use of feedback.
INLS 512 Applications of Natural Language Processing Prerequisite: COMP 110, COMP 116, or COMP 121.
Students with graduate standing in SILS may take the course without the prerequisite. Applications of natural language processing techniques and the representations and processes needed to support them. Topics include interfaces, text retrieval, machine translation, speech processing, and text generation. Cross-listed as COMP 486.
INLS 520 Organization of Information Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemata, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.
INLS 523 Intro to Database Concepts & Applications Pre- or corequisite, INLS 161 or 461. Design and implementation of basic database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, indexing, and query construction, SQL.
INLS 525 Electronic Records Management Explores relationships between new information and communication technologies and organizational efforts to define, identify, control, manage, and preserve records. Considers the importance of organizational, institutional and technological factors in determining appropriate recordkeeping strategies.
INLS 534 Youth and Technology in Libraries This course encourages students to explore the array of technologies available to children and adolescents, the issues surrounding the use of technology, the role of care givers, and potential impacts on development.
INLS 541 Information Visualization An introduction to information visualization through reading current literature and studying exemplars. The course reviews information visualization techniques, provides a framework for identifying the need for information visualization, and emphasizes interactive electronic visualizations that use freely available tools. Students will construct several visualizations. No programming skills are required.
INLS 550 History of the Book and Other Information Formats The history of the origin and envelopment of the book in all its formats: clay tablets to electronic. Coverage includes scientific and other scholarly publications, religious works, popular literature, periodicals, and newspapers.
INLS 560 Programming for Information Professionals Introduction to programming and computational concepts. Students will learn to write programs using constructs such as iteration, flow control, variables, functions, and error handling. No programming experience required.
INLS 561-001 Digital Forensics for Curation of Digital Collections Students will learn about hardware, software, principles and methods for capturing and curating digital data that have been stored on removable media (ie: hard drives, floppy disks, USB memory sticks). This course addresses common storage devices and interfaces; write-blocking equipment and its role in acquisition of data; levels of representation; basic file system structures; role and importance of hash values and hex views of bitstreams; software used to conduct forensics tasks; considerations for incorporating forensics into curation workflows; and legal and ethical issues. Students will have the opportunity to use a range of state-of-the-art digital forensics hardware and (commercial and open-source) software and explore ways that they can be applied by information professionals in a variety of collecting contexts.
INLS 572 Web Development I Prerequisite, INLS 161 or 461. Introduction to Internet concepts, applications, and services. Introduces the TCP/IP protocol suite along with clients and servers for Internet communication, browsing, and navigation. Examines policy, management, and implementation issues.
INLS 573 Mobile Web Development An introduction to techniques and technologies for the development of mobile websites and applications. Topics include responsive web design, content strategy for mobile, performance considerations, using mobile frameworks, such as W3.CSS, Bootstrap, and Foundation. Basic Knowledge of HTML is required, and familiarity with CSS and JavaScript is recommended.
INLS 582 Systems Analysis Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems. Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of system functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object oriented analysis) are studied. Undergraduates are encouraged to take INLS 382 instead of this course.
INLS 613 Text Mining This course will allow the student to develop a general understanding of knowledge discovery and gain a specific understanding of text mining. Students will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of text mining and develop a proficiency with data modeling text. Offered annually.
INLS 620 Web Information Organization Prerequisites, INLS 520 or 560. Similar programming background needed. Understand the Web as a platform for information organization systems. Learn how the Web has been designed to be a service platform, data publishing platform, and application platform.
INLS 623 Database Systems II: Intermediate Databases Prerequisites, INLS 382 or 582, and 523. Intermediate-level design and implementation of database systems, building on topics studied in INLS 523. Additional topics include MySQL, indexing, XML, and non-text databases.
INLS 690-01W Fundamentals of Programming Applications for Applied Data Science
INLS 690- 02W Data Ethics for Applied Data Science
INLS 690-163W Information Analytics/ Intro to Big Data and NoSQL Pre-req: INLS 560 or equivalent. The data explosion experienced by computerization of every aspect of our lives from social media to internet of things requires a deeper look at information analytics. The course introduces proven and emerging analytical techniques that can be used to deal with mountains of mostly unstructured data. We will look at several analytical paradigms from Predictive Modeling to Data Mining, Text Analytics to Web Analytics, Statistical Analysis to novel paradigms in Map Reduce and Storm, and from Crowd Sourcing to Scientific Workflows. Knowledge of programming is essential.
INLS 690-165 Web Development An introduction to front-end web development using the latest standards, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS is recommended.
INLS 690-172 Usability Testing and Evaluation This course will introduce central concepts in usability engineering, testing, and evaluation. These include: UX lifecycle, interaction models, contextual inquiry, modeling and task analysis, rapid evaluation and inspection techniques, UX goals and metrics, formal and informal evaluation techniques, usability moderation, test plans, testing environments, analysis, and reporting.
INLS 690-187 Issues in Cloud Computing Cloud computing claims to be a fundamentally new paradigm in which computing services and resources is migrating from personal computers sitting on a person’s desk (or lap) to large, centrally managed datacenters. We will evaluate this claim based on the basic paradigm of cloud computing. Next we will examine the technical characteristics and the business reasons for cloud computing. We will discuss common commercial and open source offerings. Emphasis will be placed on cloud answers to common business computing issues, like scalability of processing and storage, security, relational and other database models. Issues of privacy and security will also be addressed. This will be a reading intensive course, with all material coming from open sources or from the university’s electronic holdings
INLS 690-189 Social Media and Society This course examines the increasingly important technologies of connectivity from a theoretical and empirical perspective. We will explore the evolution, implications and complications of social media in multiple spheres of life including sociality, community, politics, power, movements, inequality, education, knowledge, and information. Our emphasis will not be on any one current platform (such as Facebook or Twitter) or even a particular device. Rather, we will study how different configurations of connectivity and technological affordances encourage or stifle different socio‐cultural practices and values. This course will provide conceptual and methodological foundations for studying and evaluating current and future developments in this area. This course evolves every semester and new additions in Spring 2015 will be examining the movement that sprung in Ferguson and its relationship with social media, and the emergent role of algorithms and big data.
INLS 690-270 Community Archiving Prerequisite: INLS 556. A number of archivists are advocating for a new, collaborative model of archiving that empowers communities to look after their own records “by partnering professional archival expertise with communities’ deep sense of commitment and pride in their own heritage and identity.” This class will explore the many ideas and issues surrounding this new model by working with a local community group to develop a comprehensive strategy for collecting, describing and maintaining their historical records in both analog and digital formats. The work will be informed by discussion of relevant literature and examination of other community archiving projects.
INLS 690-224 Visual Analytics This course will provide an overview of Visual Analytics, a topic that combines information visualization and data analysis to support analytical reasoning via highly interactive visual interfaces. The course will review foundational concepts, recent results, and commonly used technologies. The course is project-oriented and will require that students program their own web-based visualization systems using HTML and JavaScript. While no specific courses are considered pre-requisites, students should be competent programmers. Prior experience with web programming (e.g., HTML and JavaScript) is strongly recommended.
INLS 690-226 Digital Humanities The digital humanities represent a “global, trans-historical, and transmedia approach to knowledge and meaning-making” (Burdick, et al. 2012, vii). They require an investment in interdisciplinarity and collaboration. Through discussion, hands-on activities, and work in small groups, students will learn about key concepts and tools in the digital humanities. Topics may include the definition and histories of DH; archival theory and practice; textuality and electronic scholarly editing; scholarly communication; text mining, analysis, and visualization; encoding, hypertext, and markup; modeling and knowledge representation; the spatial and temporal “turns”; game studies; and new media, mechanisms, and materiality. Overarching themes include social, legal, ethical questions (e.g. privacy, intellectual property, and open access) as well as project planning, management, and sustainability.
INLS 690-227 Mobile Web Development An introduction to techniques and technologies for the development of mobile websites. Topics include responsive web design, content strategy, performance, and use of mobile frameworks. Basic knowledge of HTML is required, and familiarity with CSS and JavaScript is recommended.
INLS 690-230 Community Data Lab Community data lab is a 1.5 credit course focused on community-facing and community-related datasets, and supporting technology. Students in the course will plan and execute a single (collective) face-to-face or virtual DiscoTech (“Disover Technology” program focused on the needs of a specific triangle area community. If SILS/UNC is still in the middle of the COVID management, the class will be held online with weekly workshop sessions/check-ins, and the DiscoTech will be a virtual event. Final project materials will be posted publicly on the CEDI Lab
INLS 690-242 Data Sharing Among Scientists This course will explore different issues related to data sharing among scientists. Students will look at different forms of data in different disciplines, and will learn the roles of data in scholarly research life cycle and research collaboration; relationships between data, data creators, data repositories, and data curators; basic principles of public policies for data and data management.
INLS 690-246 Digital Textual Scholarship: An Introduction to Text Encoding,
Text Editing, and Distant Reading.
The course will serve as an introduction to a number of problems/research questions in the field of digital textual scholarship. Issues covered include text encoding, digital scholarly editing, the creation of custom corpora, distant reading techniques, and natural language processing. No programming background is required, although we will do some programming in class. By the end of the course, students will have read a number of seminal articles in the field, encoded a text in TEI, created their own custom corpus, and done some basic textual analysis on their corpus.
INLS 690-249 Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues in Archives In an increasingly digital world in which researchers expect to find primary source material available to them online, many archivists are concerned about violating intellectual property rights. If I digitize this document and publish it online am I infringing on someone’s copyright? Is social media in the public domain? Does anyone own a Tweet? This course will cover intellectual property rights laws, how these effect the use of materials in archives and the best practices archivists have developed to deal with these issues.
INLS 690-270 Data Mining: Methods & Applications Pre-reqs: INLS 560 and one or more of the following classes; 509, 512, 613 and 625. Recent years have seen explosive growth of data generated from myriad sources, in various formats, and of different quality. Analyzing information and extracting knowledge contained in these data sets become challenging for researchers in many disciplines. Automatic, robust, and intelligent data mining techniques have become essential tools to handle heterogeneous, noisy, unstructured, and large-scale data sets. This is a graduate-level seminar course on advanced topics in data mining. It takes a data-centered perspective by surveying the state-of-the-art methods to analyze different genres of data: item sets, matrices, sequences, texts, images, networks, and more. It will emphasize the practical applications of data mining methods, instead of theoretical foundations of machine learning and statistical inference. The course is suitable not only for students who are doing research in data mining related fields, but also for students who are consumers of data mining techniques in their own disciplines, such as natural language processing, information retrieval, human computer interaction, health informatics, informetrics, digital humanities, and business intelligence.
INLS 690-189 Big Data, Algorithms, and Society This course examines the increasingly important technologies of connectivity from a theoretical and empirical perspective. We will explore the evolution, implications and complications of social media in multiple spheres of life including sociality, community, politics, power and inequality, education, knowledge, and information. Our emphasis will not be on any one current platform (such as Facebook or Twitter) or even a particular device. Rather, we will study how different configurations of connectivity encourage or stifle different socio-cultural practices and values. This course will provide conceptual and methodological foundations for studying and evaluating current and future developments in this area.
INLS 700 Scholarly Communication Addresses how scholarship is communicated, shared, and stored. Includes scholars approach to academic work; social relationships within academia; external stakekholders in the scholarly communication system; and emerging technologies’ impact upon work practices. Topics covered include academic libraries and presses, publishing, serials crisis, open access, peer review and bibliometrics. Offered in the fall
INLS 718 User Interface Design Prerequisite: INLS 582. Basic principles for designing the human interface to information systems, emphasizing computer-assisted systems. Major topics: users’ conceptual models of systems, human information processing capabilities, styles of interfaces, and evaluation methods.
INLS 720-01W Metadata Examines metadata in the digital environment. Emphasizes the development and implementation of metadata schemas in distinct information communities and the standards and technological applications used to create machine understandable metadata. Explores the limits of metadata standards and critically examines the inevitable role of interpretive diversity for information systems. Our semester-long project will engage the challenge of designing and implementing standards and guidelines for interoperable metadata while acknowledging the messy reality of interpretive diversity.
INLS 728 Seminar in Knowledge Organization
Using Classification Theory to Read Information Systems
This seminar will focus on using the conceptual apparatus of classification theory to interpret and “read” information collections that have been arranged and structured by classification systems. Our investigations will not be limited to reading “the library” but will extend to any sort of information system organized by any mechanism for category formation, from social media (for example, Twitter hashtags) to scientific data sets (such as the Encyclopedia of Life), to everyday retrieval devices (like Amazon’s faceted browsing categories). Through our semester’s readings, discussions, and activities, and through your own seminar projects, we will explore how classification theory, as articulated in knowledge organization and related domains, might help us to understand how information systems work as documents to be read: how their structure generates meaning, and how they function as forms of human expression.
INLS 740 Digital Libraries Research and development issues in digital libraries, including collection development and digitization; mixed mode holdings; access strategies and interfaces; metadata and interoperability; economic and social policies; and management and evaluation.
INLS 752 Digital Preservation and Access Focuses on best practices for the creation, provision, and long-term preservation of digital entities. Topics include digitization technologies; standards and quality control; digital asset management; grant writing; and metadata.
INLS 756 Data Curation & Management Explores data curation lifecycle activities from design of good data, through content creator management, metadata creation, ingest into a repository, repository management, access policies, and implementation, and data reuse.
INLS 760 Web Databases Prerequisites: INLS 572 or equivalent, INLS 523 (623 recommended) and programming experience. Explores concepts and practice surrounding the implementation and delivery of Web-enabled databases. Students will gain experience with and evaluate PC and Unix Web database platforms.
INLS 890-186 Making the Humanities Digital


MUSC 676 Digital Media & Live Performance

Media and Journalism

MEJO 440 Law of Cyberspace Prerequisite, JOMC 340. Explains legal issues raised by Internet communication and guides students in thinking critically about how those issues can be resolved. Reviews how courts, other branches of government, the private sector, and legal scholars have responded to the Internet. Topics may include digital copyright, net neutrality, privacy, and Internet censorship abroad.
MEJO 449 Blogging, Smart Mobs For advanced undergraduates through Ph.D. students. Practical and theoretical approaches to understanding, designing, building, and using virtual communities, including studies of network capital, social capital, and social production.
MEJO 491-007 Mobile App Design and Development
MEJO 551 Digital Media Economics and Behavior The course will focus on the changing economics affecting 21st-century news organizations and the economic drivers of other content providers such as music companies, the film industry, online aggregators, and commerce sites for lessons that can be applied across industry segments.
MEJO 561 Medical and Science Video Storytelling Students work in teams to produce, shoot, script, and report medical, environmental, and science stories for broadcast on “Carolina Week”, the award-winning, student-produced television newscast.
Grading status: Letter grade
MEJO 581 UX Design and Usability Prerequisite, MEJO 187. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Theory and practice of multimedia design with an emphasis on usability, design theory, and evaluative methodologies, including focus groups, survey research, eye-track testing, and search engine optimization.
MEJO 582 Advanced Documentary Storytelling Permission of the instructor. Students work on a semester-long documentary multimedia project that includes photo and video journalists, audio recordists, designers, infographics artists, and programmers. Open by application to students who have completed an advanced course in visual or electronic communication.
MEJO 583 Advanced Interactive Media Prerequisite, JOMC 187. Permission of the school. Advanced course in multimedia programming languages that includes designing and building dynamic projects.
MEJO 585 3D Design Studio Prerequisites, MEJO 187 and 182. Permission of the instructor. The use of 3D design and animation to create visual explanations.
MEJO 586 Intermediate Interactive Media Prerequisite JOMC 187. Web programming, graphic design, and storytelling for the Web. Students will use HTML5 CSS3, JavaScript, and other Web publishing languages while learning how to design, storyboard, and script an interactive storytelling project. Students will collect and incorporate photos, text, video, graphics, and database information into interactive multimedia presentations.
MEJO 671 Social Marketing Campaigns Social marketing is the application of marketing concepts and practices to bring about behavior change for a social good. This course is designed as a service learning course and fulfills the experiential education requirement.
MEJO 712 Visual Communication and Multimedia Focusing on the new communication technologies that have created new media, new language and new visual interfaces, this course introduces the student to principles and concepts of visual communication and design and how they are being used in this new cyber medium. Students will learn the rich history of visual images and the conceptual framework of visual communication.

They will examine elements of visual images to learn basic design theory and techniques. These visual information concepts will then be applied to the Internet. Students will learn to analyze how diverse visual elements are used in graphics and graphics design, page design, site planning and navigation, and computer system and human interface design, as well as usability, navigation and accessibility. This course is offered online. JOMC 712 is open to non-JOMC graduate students on a space-available basis.

MEJO 714 Database Web Research
MEJO 721-966 Usability and Multimedia Introduces students to five basic areas of multimedia design and develops expertise in each. By examining the latest eye-tracking research and usability testing, students will assess the practical application of many concepts. Through critiques and original storyboards, students will work to expertly integrate all this knowledge into well-designed packages
MEJO 782-001 Multimedia Storytelling Theories and practices of multimedia content creation. Students gain critical understanding of various multimedia presentation methods. Hands-on experience with audio/video collection/editing.
MEJO 795 eHealth The purpose of the current seminar is to provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the eHealth field. We will examine the context of the digital age and what consumers are engaged in online with regard to health; the history of eHealth and its “roots”; interactivity and its relationship to eHealth; the variety of eHealth applications that exist, including Internet websites, computer-tailored interventions, health video games, avatars, interactive voice response technology, text-messaging interventions, mobile “apps,” social media, and others; eHealth design and evaluation strategies; implementation and dissemination research and its application to eHealth; policy issues that influence the eHealth field; issues related to adapting to a rapidly changing eHealth field; and future directions for eHealth practice and research.

Women and Gender Studies

WMST 890-001 Topics in Women’s Studies – Feminist Informatics Overview: Informatics is study of information and technology in their social complexity. This course will introduce students to feminist approaches to the study informatics. In this era of “big data” and “The Internet of Things,” this course challenges the current hyperbole in which information and technology are narrated as open, efficient, and intrinsic to progress and development. This course takes a decidedly dystopian gaze as an exaggerated stance to reimagine the socio-technical significance of information technology beyond these simplistic ideals. Instead, this course will examine information and technology from feminist notions of the mundane to situate these media within their respective institutional origins. We will also look at information and technology from the perspectives of materiality, embodiment, race, empire, waste, ruin, piracy, infrastructure, and many others. This course is designed to train students in feminist engagements with information and technology draws from the divergent disciplines and methods of anthropology, history, media studies, science and technology studies, and information studies.