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Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, NC 28216-5398)
Matthew DeForrest (Project Director: September 2020 to present)

Humanities Connections Planning Grants
Education Programs

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$35,000 (approved)
$28,037 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 5/31/2022

Digital Innovation Program

Planning a new academic program in digital innovation, integrating computer science, digital communication, philosophy, and ethics.

Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) will plan, research, and develop the Digital Innovation (DI) Program. The goal of this new program is to integrate the technical knowledge of Computer Science and Digital Communications with habits of mind fostered by the Humanities, and especially those found in Philosophy and Ethics. The desired outcomes for our planning process are straightforward: Within 12 months, we will plan, design, and prepare to propose a new major degree program in DI with an accompanying minor in Digital Ethics. The program will be for those students who desire an interdisciplinary, humanities-based program that tightly integrates digital skills within a humanities framework. The minor program will be for those students in the Communication Arts and STEM areas who wish to focus more on technical skills while still engaging with the humanities in a manner that will both better frame their understanding of the technology and better prepare them to advance in their careers.