Department of Digital Writing and Media Arts

About Us / Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Digital Writing and Media Arts (DWMA). We're part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University, and we're located on the Marietta Campus. The spring of 2016 has brought new developments for our department: Two of our undergraduate degrees are now accepting students for the Fall 2016 semester.

Redesigning academic programs is no small feat; every redesign represents hours of research and development on the part of faculty. But, it is worth the effort. Our programs reflect current industry needs and will prepare students for engaging in-demand careers.

Both of our degrees are "Bachelor of Science" offerings. This designation means our programs apply both theory and practice in classes. Our students will graduate from our programs with a portfolio of work from their classes and, should they choose this option, their internships. Our Bachelor of Science designation also means we align with the growing area of STEM--Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

BS in Interactive Design

In the spring, we were very happy to learn that our proposal for a Bachelor of Science in Interactive Design received approval from the Board of Regents. This new degree meets a pressing workforce need for visual designers and user interface designers (UI) in digital user experience (UX) environments in the field of interactive design.

What sets our degree apart is its unique blend of technology, creativity, and digital culture. With this intersectional focus, our students will possess the right mix of competencies to work as solo practitioners or members of cross-sectional teams.

BS in Technical Communication

Our longest-standing degree, the Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication, also received approval this spring. During the past year, we re-worked our curriculum as part of re-envisoning what a degree in Technical Communication should look like in 2016 and beyond.

We've added a class that focuses on productivity tools and technologies; as well, we've included classes that focus on new platforms for delivering information to end users. It's an exciting time for the field and we expect to see a real demand for this program.

DWMA offers learning experiences that include real-world projects and options for valuable internship opportunities in the Greater Atlanta area. We strive to connect theory and practice in ways that make meaning for students and resonate for employers.

We are excited to be launching our new degree offerings for the Fall 2016 semester. 

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about our degrees and your future as a student in Interactive Design or Technical Communication.


Dr. Laura A. Palmer
Associate Professor and Chair
Digital Writing and Media Arts