Program | College of Arts

Program

Bachelor of Arts Major and Minor

Technology is inextricably linked to human experience, culture, and society, and has created the increasingly important field of digital humanities.

The CTS program offers a unique and flexible path to explore the role of culture and creativity in an increasingly digital world, using various technologies as part of the process. Students in CTS gain an understanding of the complex relationships among power, knowledge, digital cultures, the representation of data, and the ethical questions surrounding the development, application, and accessibility of technologies.
CTS students learn to intervene in and contribute to the contemporary world as agile creators, curators, researchers, communicators, and citizens.

Every field uses digital technologies in some form. CTS complements University of Guelph programs from History to Fine Art to Geography and Sociology. It can be added as a second major or minor to an existing program.

The CTS Major is a unique program with three optional Areas of Emphasis, each with a curated set of courses that will allow you to apply and explore digital methods in a way that suits your interests:

What you will experience in the CTS Program:

Flexibility

  • Choose CTS as a Major, Co-op (from Fall 2022), Minor, or alongside another Major.
  • Pursue one of three optional Areas of Emphasis.
  • Choose your experiential learning course based on your interests.
  • Apply your skills in an area you are passionate about in your capstone project.

Breadth

  • CTS is an interdisciplinary program, meaning you can easily add a complementary minor or in some cases a double major.
  • Apply digital methods in more than 10 Majors, including Art History, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Studio Art, Theatre Studies.
     

Experiential Learning

  • Engage with community partners via experiential learning classes related to digital culture.
  • Choose from two Experiential Learning classes: our critical making course—which includes 3D printing, virtual sculpting, and iterative design—or work with community partners to bring stories to life through digital archives, oral histories, or augmented reality.
  • Our Co-op program, starting Fall 2022, allows you to gain relevant workplace experience as a component of your degree.
     

Interactive classes

  • Classes are not just traditional lectures but incorporate discussion and debate.
  • You will be an active participant in discussions and activities guided by our academic experts.
  • Attend labs and participate in experiential learning and collaborative projects.
  • The balance of lectures, discussions, labs, and independent study helps you understand the relationship between theory and practice the use of different tools and methods.
     

Graduate with essential skills

  • Acquire a deep understanding of methods and theories associated with technological research in the humanities
  • Learn coding basics, manage projects, work in teams, design digital content, and communicate.
  • Develop transferable skills in critical thinking, research, and professional development that can lead to many different futures.
  • Share your skills with future employers and the world through a robust digital portfolio, showcasing your work and providing a visual complement to your resumé.
     

Academic experts

  • Culture and Technology Studies faculty are internationally recognized teachers and researchers.
  • Learn from our core and affiliated faculty, who are involved in a wide range of projects that bring together technology and culture: often interdisciplinary and collaborative, they range from research topics such as interfaces for serendipity, the Canada Reads program, and the history of women’s writing to large-scale infrastructure projects that are building new ways to create knowledge in the digital age.
     

Opportunities for Engagement

●    Work with experts in the field and participate in workshops, conferences, and other unique experiences through Guelph’s vibrant Digital Humanities community.

To view the full program of study and pathways through the program, click here.