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Digital Humanities

  • Second Major

Applying a modern lens to the classical liberal arts and sciences.

The digital humanities major draws upon the traditional strengths of the humanities and liberal arts learning with special attention towards digital and information technology. It enables students to extend their study of the humanities to digital culture, as both a tool in service of the humanities and an object of humanistic study. By combining traditional humanities skills with technical abilities, students will understand how to ethically analyze and source data through a humanist lens and use digital culture to study the human condition. Furthermore, students will learn how to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary work and how to translate these skills to the job market in education, public history, work with nonprofit agencies, and many other fields. Interdisciplinary in nature, the digital humanities major requires fewer credit hours than a traditional, stand-alone major, and, as a second major, must be paired with another major.

The Philosophy of Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities is not a strict field, but rather the application of computational technologies and methods to Humanities problems. It is a community bridge where people from different disciplines and backgrounds come together to learn how to effectively combine skills to create joint and interdisciplinary research. It is a form of interpretation that attempts to help people better understand unknown or difficult questions and topics. The major in digital humanities brings together coursework across the college and allows students to tailor their own path and interests by fusing theoretical inquiry into digital humanities with practical technical skills that are most relevant to their primary major area of study.

The philosophy of the digital humanities program includes three elements.

  • Digital making: The application of new technologies to create places for disseminating information about the humanities.

  • Digital cultures: Finding new places and ways to learn about the human experience.

  • Digital inquiry: Using new technologies to ask and answer questions related to the human experience.

Skills and Careers

In 2017, PCMag called Digital Humanities "the most exciting field you've never heard of," and is an area of enormous growth and potential on the job market. Our graduates are trained as critical thinkers, excellent communicators and effective collaborators. They come out of the program with the following skills:

  • A deep appreciation of and critical understanding of the impact of technology in society.
  • Knowledge of how to understand and disseminate real world data using digital tools.
  • Interdisciplinary writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience with data science and computational methods.
  • Creative approaches to problem-solving.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a team of diverse abilities.
  • Digital Literacy
  • Career Opportunities

    Jobs and career fields available to Digital Humanities Majors may include:

    • Information Technology 
    • Education
    • Web / digital content creation and management 
    • Data curation and visualization
    • Heritage and the ‘experience cultural economy’ 
    • Digital product design and support
    • Web Designers  
    • Information Developers / Designers
    • Data Journalists
    • Mobile Developers
    • UI/UX Developers
    • Technical Writers 
    • Software Engineers
    • Digital Publishers
    • Digital Curation Service Managers
    • Curation Tools and Services Developers
    • Digital Heritage Officers
    • Research Archive / Data Managers 
    • Metadata Managers 
    • Digital Resources Specialists      
    • Multimedia Systems Developers
    • Advanced Researchers
    • Digital Archivists

Curriculum Requirements

  • Required Courses

    DH 100 Introduction to Digital Scholarship

    HI 200/DH 200 Digital Storytelling

    PL 219 Ethics and Technology

    OR

    TH 282 Christian Faith and Technology – 3 credits

    DH 300 Capstone in Digital Humanities

    CS 190 Programming Language Lab – Python

  • Electives

    7 courses/21 credits, with at least two courses from each of the three categories

    Digital Making

    CA 130 Digital Video Production

    CA 230 Writing for Media

    CA 285 Digital Layout and Design

    AR 334 Typography

    CS 110 C++ Programming I

    CS 111 C++ Programming II

    CS 190 Programming Language Lab

    CS 205 Website Design and Programming

    CS 214 Introduction to Mobile Application Development

    CS 365 Computer Game Design and Development

    CS 366 Advanced Computer Game Design and Development

    Digital Cultures

    CS 102 Fundamentals of Information Technology and Computing

    CA 110 Introduction to Organizational Communication

    CA 218 Intercultural Communication

    CS 221 Data Structures

    CS 281 Children and Media

    CA 309 Social Media Culture

    CA 311/SO311 Race, Gender, Class and Media

    CA 351 Media Effects

    AR 340 Visual Storytelling

    HI 201 Introduction to Public History

    HI 254 Documentary History

    HI 293 Museum Studies

    AN 222 Cultural Anthropology

    Digital Inquiry

    BA 106 Data Visualization with Tableau

    DS 100 Introduction to Data Science and Analytics

    CS 190 Programming Language Lab

    ES 200 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

    CA 201 Communication Research Methods

    CA 325 Digital Deliberation and Remix

    CA 307 Media Literacy

    AN 315 Applied Anthropology

    HI 202 Practicum in Public History

    HI 297 Archives in the Digital Age

Resources and Tools

Students within the major will have the opportunity to work with various tools, programs and resources, including:

  • Digital Editing
  • 3D Modeling
  • Podcast Recording and Editing Studio
  • GIS (Geographic Information System)
  • Text Analysis
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Game and App Design
  • Digital Archives and Exhibits

Facilities

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of their academic journey, students will:
  • Apply digital methods to the study of humanistic questions.
  • Identify appropriate data, information systems and data structures, as well as primary and secondary sources to answer research questions and critically evaluate them.
  • Use, critique and build basic digital infrastructures such as data bases and archives
  • Communicate data analysis clearly to both specialists and non-specialist audiences through the creation of rich, multimedia digital portfolios and public presentations.
  • Conceptualize and execute independent and collaborative digital research projects.