Digital Humanities, Graduate Certificate

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, PhD
Certificate Co-Director

Julia Flanders, PhD
Certificate Co-Director

Sarah Connell, PhD
Certificate Administrator

CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities allows students to pursue an organized course of study in digital humanities with the interdisciplinary faculty of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks while completing requirements for their degrees in existing Northeastern University 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 (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 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.

Academic Standing/Progress 

Students in the program are monitored for academic progress. Those students whose GPA falls below a 3.000 are notified by and meet with the director of academic programs. They are counseled that if their GPA does not rise to a 3.000 or higher, they run the risk of not graduating and are advised on strategies for improvement. 

Final Project

The student will complete 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. 

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
Complete the following (repeatable) course three times:3
NULab Project Seminar
Electives 1
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Independent Study, Research Project, or Thesis within student's home program
Information Design Studio 1: Principles
Information Design Research Methods
Natural Language Processing
Topics in Digital Humanities
Thesis (for MA students in English; requires approval by the DH certificate program director)
Topics in Cultural History
Social Networks
Introduction to Computational Statistics
Information Design and Visual Analytics

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

Minimum 12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required


By petition, one course outside the electives list may count as an elective with approval from the instructor and the DH certificate program director.