Program overview

The Certificate in Digital Humanities will allow students to pursue an organized course of study in DH with the interdisciplinary faculty of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks while completing requirements for their degrees in existing doctoral and master’s programs. This is not a stand alone certificate; rather, it will be completed by students in the course of their existing program of study.

Digital Humanities is an emerging field of research that is interdisciplinary in scope and collaborative in nature. The field is developing in relation to new digital technologies which have changed the objects of study, methods, and opportunities for research and teaching in existing humanities fields. Digitized texts are now read and accessed in new ways; digitized corpora of texts make possible new modes of quantitative and qualitative analysis (including “distant reading,” text mining, mapping, and network analysis); born digital objects constitute new primary sources in need of humanistic theorization, approaches, and critical vocabularies; and modes of encoding, aggregating, and connecting texts enable the creation of new archival resources that are changing our understanding of the archive itself as well revealing new historical, literary, and cultural patterns.

The field is new and developing rapidly and many students are eager for training in this area—both because DH is at the cutting edge of disciplinary work and because it offers new opportunities for employment within the academy and outside of it.

Certificate Requirements

12 SH, Updated Fall 2017

  • Introduction to Digital Humanities or Digital History; this requirement may currently be fulfilled by either:
    • ENGL 7370 –  Topics in Digital Humanities: Introduction to Digital Humanities (3 SH) or
    • HIST 7370 – Texts, Maps, and Networks: Readings and Methods for Digital History (3 SH)
  • 3 semesters of INSH 7910 – NULab Project Seminar (1 SH each semester, 3 SH total)
  • Two DH electives from the list below (3-4 SH each):*
    • ARTG 5100 – Information Design Studio 1—Principles
    • ARTG 5120 – Information Design Research Methods
    • CS 6120 – Natural Language Processing
    • ENGL 7370 – Topics in Digital Humanities: The Shape of Data in the Humanities
    • ENGL 7990 – Master’s Thesis (for MA students in English; requires approval by the DH certificate program director)
    • DSSH 6302 – Information Design and Visual Analytics
    • HIST 7219 – Humanities Data Analysis
    • INSH 6406 – Analyzing Complex Digitized Data
    • JRNL 6341 – Telling Your Story with Data
    • JRNL 6340 – Fundamentals of Digital Storytelling
    • POLS G7334 – Social Network Analysis
    • PPUA 6301 – Introduction to Computational Statistics
    • By petition, any other graduate course may be counted if the student completes significant digital humanities work within the framework of the course. This option may only be used once and it requires permission from the course instructor and the DH certificate program director.
  • Final project: a final independent DH research project located in the student’s home program (such as a thesis, or a portion thereof) or participation in a collaborative DH project with substantial student participation. The final project will be overseen by the NULab faculty members teaching the NULab Project Seminar during its development; NULab workshop instructors will advise students on their projects and help students get guidance from other faculty as appropriate. Final projects will be submitted with three components: the project itself, a written project description of about 2,000 words, and a presentation to the NULab community. The DH Certificate Committee will formally approve all final projects.

*Additional courses may be added to the above list with the approval of the DH Certificate Committee.

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