ISS Undergraduate Electives

Any course listed on the ISS Course page as either an ISS course or a Soft-Cross List (with the exception of the specific courses required for the Certificate) is eligible for ISS Elective status. The program has identified the following additional courses as potential ISS Elective courses as well, based on their catalogue descriptions. Please contact ISS for confirmation that a course counts towards the Certificate requirements. 

Note: Course offerings are constantly updated, and courses that are not listed here may also be eligible for ISS elective credit. If you have questions about a particular course, please contact the ISS Program office. In some cases, you may be asked to provide additional information about a course to explain its ISS Certificate relevance.

Social/Cultural Analysis (students doing the Certificate 2.0 option must elect a course from this category)
  • ISS 323S/LIT 320S/AMI 246S/AAAS 247S/ICS 320S/LATAMER 320S/VMS 323S: Social Movements and Social Media
  • ISS 101L/COMPSCI 92L: Technical and Social Analysis of Information and the Internet
  • ISS 225S/VMS 303S: This Is Your Brain on the Internet
  • ISS 235/CULANTH 226/VMS 245/ICS 235: Espionage, Cryptology & Psychological Operations
  • ISS 268/VMS 266: Media History: Old and New
  • ISS 310/PHIL 310: Information and Philosophy: Personal Identity, Knowledge, Ethics
  • ISS 380S/VMS 380S: Digital Cities: Representing the Past and Building the Future
  • ISS 340S/VMS 286S/GSF 210S: Gender and Digital Culture
  • ISS 510S/VMS 566S: How They Got Game: History and Culture of Interactive Simulations and Video Games
  • ISS 560S/VMS 550S: Digital Humanities: Theory and Practice
  • ISS 565S/VMS 565S: New Media, Memory, and the Visual Archive
  • ISS 630S/LIT 630S/ARTHIST 630S/VMS 630S/AMI 631S: Phenomenology and Media
  • ISS 640: The History and Future of Higher Education
  • ISS 650S/CMAC 650S/LIT 621S/ARTHIST 537S/VMS 561S: Computational Media, Arts & Cultures Proseminar
  • ISS 660S/VMS 660S: Digital Places and Spaces: Mirror, Hybrid, and Virtual Worlds
  • ISS 662S/VMS 662S: Mapping Culture: Geographies of Space, Mind, and Power
  • LIT 614S/THEATRST 671S/AMI 614S/VMS 614S: Thinking Digital Cinema
  • ISS 680S/ARTHIST 542S/VMS 569S: Information Archeology: Studies in the Nature of Information and Artifact in the Digital Environment
  • ISS 214S/LIT 317/AMI 204S/VMS 328S: Media Theory
  • ISS 615S/LIT 625S/VMS 625S: Comparative Media Studies
  • ISS 624S/LIT 624S: Post-Digital Architecture
  • ISS 273S/ARTSVIS 239S/VMS 239S: Gaming the System: Pervasive Gaming as Art
  • ISS 632S/LIT 632S/ARTHIST 632S/VMS 632S/AMI 632S: Whitehead, Bergson, James
  • ISS 630S/LIT 630S/ARTHIST 630S/VMS 630S/AMI 631S: Phenomenology and Media
  • PJMS 372/PUBPOL 372: Information, Policy and Ethics
  • CULANTH 434S/LIT 412S/VMS 412S/ICS 432S/AMES 425S: Cultures of New Media
Advanced Methods/Applied Techniques
  • ISS 170/COMPSCI 107/VMS 172: Complex Systems and Evolving Multiagent Simulations
  • ISS 243S/AMI 350S/DOCST 277S/MUSIC 121S: Sound for Film and Video
  • ISS 294L/VMS 397L/AMI 323/ARTSVIS 242L: Interactive Graphics: Critical Code
  • ISS 555S/VMS 564S/ARTSVIS 564S/CMAC 564S: Physical Computing
  • ISS 248S/AMI 357S/DOCST 288S: Editing for Film and Video
  • ISS 270S/COMPSCI 102S/VMS 287S: Constructing Immersive Virtual Worlds
  • ISS 351S/VMS 357S/LIT 224S: Digital Storytelling
  • ISS 355S/VMS 355S: Foundations of Interactive Game Design
  • ISS 376/DANCE 308/THEATRST 364/ECE 364: Performance and Technology: Composition Workshop
  • ISS 475S: Alternate Reality Games
  • ISS 208LS/VMS 395LS/AMI 321LS/ARTSVIS 208LS: Virtual Form and Space
  • ISS  320S/VMS 326S: Introduction to Programming and User Interface Design in Unity 3D
  • ISS 551SL/VMS 551LS/ARTHIST 551SL: Advanced Digital Art History: New Representational Technologies
  • ISS 540S/ARTHIST 536S/VMS 562S: Technology and New Media: Academic Practice
  • ISS 560S/VMS 550S: Digital Humanities: Theory and Practice
  • ISS 575S/VMS 575S/AMI 575S/MUSIC 575S/ARTSVIS 575S: Generative Media Authorship – Music, Text & Image
  • MUSIC 275S/AMI 358S/ARTSVIS 258S: Electronic Music and Video Workshop
  • DOCST 360S/ARTSVIS 357S/VMS 348S/I&E 242S: Multimedia Documentary: Editing, Production, and Publication
Topical Courses: (on approval)
  • ISS 356S/VMS 358S/EDUC 356S/HISTORY 382S: Digital Durham
  • ISS 279S/VMS 346S: Visual Cultures of Medicine
  • ISS 283/AMI 207/VMS 345: Cultural History of the Televisual
  • ISS 211/AMI 215/ARTSVIS 328: Animated Film: A History and Aesthetic
  • ISS 380S/VMS 380S: Digital Cities: Representing the Past and Building the Future
  • ISS 535/AMES 535: Chinese Media and Pop Culture
  • ISS 211/AMI 215/ARTVIS 328: Animated Film: A History and Aesthetic
  • ISS 215/ROMST 345/VMS 251: Representing Haiti
  • ISS 670/LIT 623/PHIL 570: Body Works: Medicine, Technology, and the Body in Early Twenty-First Century America