The Benefits Of Digital Enhancement

With registration right around the corner, let us explore some of the benefits of adding a Digital Enhancement course to your schedule. Firstly, there is a vast array of classes across campus (all of which will be listed below). Each class offers different digital skills which are useful for different types of projects. Communication courses, for example, are useful for projects that might require conducting interviews.

The key to picking which course is right for you is dependant on what skills you are looking to reinforce and what projects you wish to do in the future. A link to the course descriptions will also be provided below. These are some of the benefits of Digital Enhancement.

With Digital Enhancement courses you can:

  • Learn new technology
  • Gain a deeper understanding of digitization
  • Practice and reinforce skills learned in the Mellon Seminar
  • Interact with new perspectives that can influence project ideas
  • Network with professors

There are many benefits to digitally enhancing your Mellon experience, these are just a few examples. Take into careful consideration what course would best fit your needs and if you have any questions about the course, email and we can put you in touch with the professor that teaches that course.

Here’s the list of Digital Enhancement courses that are offered Spring 2019:

COMM 151 Medial and Society (SS2, GLI)

COMM 251 Media Production I

COMM 257 Communications for Public Relations

COMM 354 Digital Cinema (Film Production)

COMM 356: Advanced Media Writing

CSCI 150 Web Design and Implementation (NSL)

CSCI 195 Programming with PYTHON (NS2)-– Must cross-register with CHEM 295-01B (Chemical Modeling Laboratory)

ART 105 Basic design (FA2)

ART 120 Basic Photo Digital (FA2)

ART 195 New Media (FA2)

MATH 210 Intro to Statistics (MA2)

MATH 311 Stats methods

MATH 312 Applied Stats (MA2)

ENGS 170 Computer Aided Design

SPAN 441, sections 41 and 51, Don Quixote

To find the descriptions for each course follow this link and click on each class to see the description.


Annika Gidley: Passion Turned Digital

One of the many benefits of being a Mellon Scholar is the ability to explore endless possibilities when it comes to projects you can create. Annika Gidley, a senior Mellon Scholar, took that creative freedom and ran with it. Unlocking Lily Potter is Annika’s latest research project and through it, she has shown how passion can meet the digital humanities.

 Annika’s project takes an in-depth look at Lily Potter, a character in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

She uses Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory to analyze different aspects of Lily Potter and her role in the Harry Potter series.

Rene Girard’s mimetic theory, or theory of triangular desire, is fundamental to this particular interpretation of Lily Potter…. The theory is multi-faceted and examines many aspects of Western culture, but two of its tenets are of primary interest to this project: the idea of imitated (mimetic) desire, and the scapegoat mechanism

Annika’s research has allowed for a full exploration of Lily Potter.

This website, as part of a larger project, aims to realize the full significance of the character Lily Potter by examining her different relationships with other characters and the influence these relationships have on the events and outcomes of the series.

Her project, while providing an interesting take on the Harry Potter character, also shows that Mellon Scholars are allowed to express themselves through their research.

To view Annika’s full project click here.