Storytelling is at the heart of human experience. In the Digital and Visual Storytelling Pathway, students will explore the powerful role that digital and visual media play in helping to tell stories and learn to use various tools to that end. Students will cultivate skills of digital and visual storytelling, examine theories and methods of creative and ethical digital storytelling, and explore career opportunities in digital and visual media.

Students in this pathway will gain experience using digital tools and visual production methods while exploring different elements of digital and visual culture. Through thoughtful combination of coursework, experiential learning, and reflection, students will learn to be critical producers of visual and digital texts and understand theories and methodologies of media processes and contexts.

Students who choose this pathway will develop knowledge and skills in these areas:

  • analysis and interpretation of multiple sources of information
  • digital & visual tools of production, communication, and reception
  • politics and ethics of communicating with images and texts

Students on this pathway might go into journalism, business, research, or the arts. They might become data analysts, web designers, writers, or reporters (for television, internet, or print media), and more. This pathway is adaptable to a wide range of student interests and aspirations and is designed to help you gain confidence and feel empowered in your storytelling abilities.


Ahmet Atay

Ahmet Atay

Associate Professor of Communication Studies; Department Chair of Global Media & Digital Studies; Program Chair of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Co-Liaison to Digital Visual Storytelling Pathway


Jennifer Hayward portrait

Jennifer Hayward

Virginia Myers Professor of English; Global Media & Digital Studies (On leave 2021-21)


Katherine Holt

Katherine Holt

Associate Professor of History; Latin American Studies; Global and International Studies Department Chair; Liaison to Digital and Visual Storytelling Pathway


Marina Mangubi

Marina Mangubi

Professor of Art and Art History


Nii Nikoi

Nii Nikoi

Assistant Professor Global Media & Digital Studies; Communication


Greg Shaya

Greg Shaya

Professor of History and Global Media & Digital Studies


Megan Smeznik

Megan Smeznik

Educational Technologist


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Experiential Learning Opportunities (Two Experiences)

Experiences that fulfill the EL requirement for this pathway should give students guided opportunities to create and share stories through multiple forms and media. Students will complete Two experiences that might include:

  • Off Campus Study in media, journalism, filmmaking or related programs
  • Internships (such as those with alumni, mentored experiences during the academic semester or summer, positions with the Visual Resources Association, and other career development opportunities)

Involvement with the Wooster Digital History Project

Campus positions and research opportunities that focus on digital communication (examples: Digital Media Bar, social media positions for student organizations, Ebert Digital Lab) 


Reflections guide students to articulate meaningful connections between the skills and knowledge they are gaining and the experiences in their coursework, experiential learning opportunities and career goals. Reflections take place along five points in the pathway:

First Reflection Touchpoint: At the Start of the Pathway

The first opportunity to reflect is when the student declares their Pathway.  Responses to prompts asked at this moment establish a baseline from which student moves forward.

Second Reflection Touchpoint: An Opportunity to Investigate

This is an opportunity for students to dig deeper to articulate what they are learning along the Pathway in classes and about experiential learning options related to the interests they shared in the first reflection. It is also a point at which to prepare for experiential learning/career exploration.

Third Reflection Touchpoint: Before Experiential Learning Opportunity

This reflection takes place as a student is learning about experiential learning opportunities related to their pathway.

Fourth Reflection Touchpoint: After Experiential Learning Opportunity

This reflection takes place after the student has completed an experiential learning opportunity and asks them to consider how the work they have done connects with their pathway.

Fifth Reflection Touchpoint: At the End of This Pathway – and the Start of New Ones

At this touchpoint, students engage with questions that help them build connections between theory and practice, their career goals, and how they plan to extend their Pathway beyond Wooster.

Coursework (Three Courses)

Students will complete three courses that meet the following descriptions:  

Theory & Method (one course)

Courses in this requirement will give introductions to forms of visual literacy, examine approaches to media and digital studies, and/or consider the role of cultural identities in visual creation and viewership.

  • COMM-33200: Visual Communication* 
  • GMDS-19901: Digital Media & Everyday Lives
  • GMDS-25000: Transnational Approaches on Media & Film  
  • GMDS-30000: Research Methods in Global Media & Digital Studies* 

Production & Storytelling (two courses)

Digital Production: Students opting to complete approved coursework in digital production should expect to develop technical skills in visualizing and communicating information. Emphasis may be placed on the role of technology in shaping human experiences and expression. 

  • HIST-20210: Digital Storytelling w/Scalar (0.5 credits)
  • ARTS-17100: Introduction to Digital Imaging* 
  • ENGL-16007: Digital Voices: Writing Travel  
  • ENGL-24037: Is a Pic Worth 1000 Words? Introduction to Image-Text Studies 
  • GMDS-23100: Visualizing Information 
  • COMM-29902: Networked Lives, Networked Bodies* 
  • HIST-20104: Latin America & the United States* 

Film/Media Production 

  • HIST-20209: Documentary Filmmaking (0.5 credits)
  • HIST-21500: Colonial Latin America 
  • HIST-20201: Historical Documentary Filmmaking Workshop (0.25 credits)

Visual Storytelling: These are courses that introduce students to a range of visual languages with which to explore ways of narration, expression, and representation. Students completing coursework in visual storytelling will practice skills in production, composition, and communication.

  • ARTS-15100: Introduction to Drawing 
  • ARTS-15300: Introduction to Painting 
  • ARTS-15500: Introduction to Printmaking 
  • ARTS-15900: Introduction to Photography 
  • ARTS-25900/35900: Intermediate/Advanced Photography* 
  • COMM-23700: Visual Rhetoric* 
  • COMM-26400: Communication & Technology* 
  • COMM-33200: Visual Communication* 
  • THTD-10200: Foundations of Theatrical Design  
  • THTD-30201: Scenic Design  
  • THTD-30306: Choreography* 
  • THTD-30307: Directing* 

Journalism and Storytelling: Approved courses in journalism & storytelling have students consider how narratives shape social and cultural identities, impact public life and perceptions of social and political realities, and rely on language and symbols to inspire action or change.

  • SPAN-31100: Adaptations in the Hispanic Creative Industries
  • COMM-23500: Media, Culture & Society* 
  • COMM-25000: Principles of Rhetoric* 
  • COMM-25400: Political Rhetoric* 
  • COMM-25900: Communicating Public Policy* 
  • ENGL-23049: Procedurals 
  • ENGL-26100: Advanced Poetry & Fiction* 
  • HIST-20101: History of the News*

*Course has pre-requisite or requires instructor permission to register