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Information Design Minor

Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 18 to 19
The information design minor gives students 1) knowledge and experience with information technologies from a liberal arts perspective; 2) practice in applying principles of rhetoric, design, cultural theory, ethics, and creative thinking to the production of information-design projects; 3) the ability to write about and discuss information-design practices and digital culture in critically informed ways; 4) experience in developing successful creative relationships with writing/design communities, clients, audiences, and support staff; 5) skills in using a variety of software.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students majoring in Writing Studies in either emphasis (Professional Writing or Journalism) must complete a minor or second major in a field other than Journalism, Professional Writing, or Information Design.
Minor Courses (15-16 cr)
WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture (3.0 cr)
PHIL 3242 - Values and Technology [LE CAT8, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
or CS 3111 - Computer Ethics [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 4290 - Advanced Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
Electives (3 cr)
Students propose a course from one of the following areas to the department: ART, CS, FMIS, JOUR, SOC, STAT, or WRIT.
(Student proposed course.)
 
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WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society (LE CAT7, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical survey of cultures without writing systems and cultures with writing systems and then later with printing, telegraph, radio, telephone, television, computers as well as other forms of technology. Survey of attitudes toward technology from Thoreau to Gandhi and beyond. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for Comp 1506.
WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01656 - Writ 4230/5230
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Practice in the aesthetic, cultural, and rhetorical uses of Web-design techniques, including discussion and writing about the theoretical and historical contexts of digital culture. prereq: Min 30 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01573 - Writ 4260/5260
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
In addition to teaching the mechanics of graphic production, this class draws widely on the disciplines of digital design, statistics, narrative literature, engineering, and technical writing to enable students to conceive, produce, and write about visual texts critically and effectively. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit
PHIL 3242 - Values and Technology (LE CAT8, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Problems related to science and technology. Application of moral theory to issues raised by technology, such as distribution of power, effects on environment, labor and social life, privacy, intellectual property rights, product liability, and professional codes of ethics. prereq: 60 cr or instructor consent
CS 3111 - Computer Ethics (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ethical issues posed by computer use, including those related to networking, intellectual property, privacy, crime and security, risk and reliability, and effects on work and wealth. Includes significant writing and a class presentation prereq: WRIT 3100 or 3110 or 3121 or 3130 0r 3140 or 3150 or 3160 or Engr 4001, minimum 60 credits or instructor consent, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01657 - Writ 4250/5250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Combines the theory and production of new media writing--digital, verbal practices in converged media--through the application of readings and discussion to five projects that progress from written, print-based genres to new-media presentation. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4290 - Advanced Web Design and Digital Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01658 - Writ 4290/5290
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Provides students with instruction and practice in creating increased functionality and interactivity in Web-based projects, and with the conceptual tools and cultural contexts needed to manage and direct rhetorical initiatives in digital environments. prereq: 4230, minimum 60 cr, no grad credit