Digital Humanities, Graduate Certificate

Digital humanities (DH) 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 that have changed the 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); 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 as 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. 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.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


ENGL 7370Topics in Digital Humanities (Introduction to Digital Humanities)3
or HIST 7370 Texts, Maps, and Networks: Readings and Methods for Digital History
Lab Project Seminar
Repeat the following course three times:
INSH 7910NULab Project Seminar (Repeatable)1
Final Project
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Independent Study or Thesis within student's home program
Complete 3-4 semester hours from the following:3-4
Information Design Studio 1—Principles
Natural Language Processing
Topics in Digital Humanities
Topics in Cultural History
Hard Power, Soft Power, and Smart Power
PPUA 6301Introduction to Computational Statistics4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

Minimum 12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required