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Digital Marketing Minor

Businesses across the country and around the world rely on digital marketing to reach their customers. Plus, digital marketing is among the fastest-growing industries around. If you want an opportunity to strengthen your major with digital marketing expertise, a digital marketing minor at Dordt is the way to go.

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Program Overview

Dordt’s digital marketing minor combines classroom knowledge and practical experience to help students thrive after college. As the digital world continues to grow in importance, you’ll be prepared to apply your expertise to whichever career path you choose.

Equally important, you’ll learn from Dordt’s outstanding faculty in an environment that encourages your Christian faith. Not every school challenges you to grow academically and spiritually—but Dordt will. And you’ll leave here better prepared to live out your faith through your work.

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What You'll Learn

This minor combines foundational business courses such as principles of marketing with digital marketing, web page development, and graphic design. Will you learn essential principles of business? Yes. Will you also learn how to use social media, digital analytics, and more to help your business or organization reach the next level? Even more, yes.

What You Can Do With A Digital Marketing Minor

When you leave Dordt with a digital marketing minor, the possibilities are nearly limitless. Almost every organization can benefit from effective digital marketing. By bringing your unique insights and skills to your work, you’ll be ready to connect with customers/clients online, build awareness for your organization online, and create real-world impact through digital strategies.

Brand Manager

Brand Managers ensure that a company’s products and services resonate with their customers.

Web Developer

A Web Developer creates websites and is responsible for maintaining them and evaluating their performance.

Social Media Manager

A Social Media Manager oversees the social media and online presence of an organization.

To earn a digital marketing minor, students will need to complete complete two business administration courses, two computer science courses, and an English course.

  • Principles of Marketing: A study of marketing institutions, product development, channels of distribution, price determination, promotion methods, government influences, and ethical problems facing marketing personnel. Includes a foundational study and discussion of business from a Christian perspective.
  • Digital Marketing: An exploration of the methods businesses use to approach customers in the digital age. This course will equip students with a variety of technical skills and knowledge related to the application of Marketing principles in an online environment. Includes a thorough preparation and testing for three certifications from the American Marketing Association and Google, as well as an exploration of the Sharing Economy - a disruptive movement in the economy today. Prerequisite: sophomore standing
  • Digital Literacy: An introduction into techniques and tools used to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the internet. Topics for discussion include: perspectives on technology, the capabilities and limitations of computing, and issues relating faith, computer technology, and the impact on society.
  • Web Page Development: An introduction into programming web pages. The course will focus on the implementation of HTML and CSS. Other topics will include the use of web content publishing platforms.
  • Business and Technical Writing: Students will study the process, application, and characteristics of business and technical writing, and the way in which writing style, strategies, content, and clarity will relate practically to one’s profession. Concentrates on developing competence in a variety of writing tasks commonly performed in business, law, industry, social work, engineering, agriculture, and medicine.
  • Graphic Design (BUAD): This course is designed to give students the tools needed to effectively communicate and understand the area of graphic design. Students will be introduced to basic design theory that will help them create effective marketing documents. Adobe InDesign® and Photoshop® will be introduced to the student in a hands on, project-based learning environment.
  • Graphic Design I (ART): An introductory class in the use of the Macintosh computer, covering basic layout software, object-oriented drawing software, and a paint program for scanning, image manipulation, and their use in graphic design. Through assignments that address the functional and experimental aspects of typography, students explore the interaction of form and meaning in typographic design. This course provides an initial exploration of visual communication issues and applications along with design methodology.
  • Introduction to Mass Communication: An introduction to the concept of mass communication and its application to electronic and written media. The course will survey the historical development of the technology, effects, and theory of the media through major issues.
  • Public Relations: As an introduction to public relations, this course will set the background for additional courses in communication and business administration. After a study of the history of public relations, students will learn what is expected of public relations workers, study the various publics, become familiar with current problems and issues in public relations, analyze several cases, and develop a Christian perspective for the continued study of public relations.
  • Advanced Excel: This course focuses on the customization and programmability of Excel spreadsheets. The main topics covered will include writing macros, controlling spreadsheets, databases and other business applications using scripts and short programs.
  • Intermediate Excel Techniques: This course will provide a development of skills needed to become proficient in the use of spreadsheets. Students will use PivotTables, charts, and organizational tools while incorporating many formulas to make their spreadsheets come to life. A main component of this course will be hands-on learning with students becoming peer instructors for one another. This elective course is designed for students majoring in business who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year.

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