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.
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.
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:
Jobs and career fields available to Digital Humanities Majors may include:
DH 100 Introduction to Digital Scholarship
HI 200/DH 200 Digital Storytelling
PL 219 Ethics and Technology
TH 282 Christian Faith and Technology – 3 credits
DH 300 Capstone in Digital Humanities
CS 190 Programming Language Lab – Python
7 courses/21 credits, with at least two courses from each of the three categories
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
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
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
Students within the major will have the opportunity to work with various tools, programs and resources, including:
Saint Vincent College’s Verostko Center for the Arts is over 5,000 square feet dedicated to the advancement and integration of the arts on our campus and home to the largest concentration of work by 20th century digital art pioneer, Roman Verostko. Hosting both rotating exhibits that present works by contemporary artists, as well as selections from Saint Vincent’s 4000 object permanent collection which includes nearly 200 European paintings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries gifted on behalf of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, works by artists from Pennsylvania and the wider Mid-Atlantic, prints by 20th century modern artists, carvings from Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Pre-Columbian, Ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman artifacts.
Affiliated with the undergraduate Literary Translation minor at Saint Vincent College, Eulalia Books is an independent publisher of literary translations with particular interests in contemporary poetry and hybrid-genre works and publishing ex-centric and ecstatic work that has never before appeared in English translation. Eulalia publishes a poetry series that is produced entirely by students and creates opportunities for poets, artists and designers alike in the Saint Vincent Community.
Located on the bottom floor of the Fred Rogers Center, is one of the premier coverlet collections in the country. The McCarl Coverlet Gallery is a non-profit cultural organization that collects, presents, interprets and disseminates the history of weaving and folk tradition in the Northeastern region of the United States. Our students have the opportunity to carry out research exhibits, publications, educational events and interpretive projects among this prized collection of antique American coverlets.
The Fred Rogers Center encourages the integration of digital media with learning to help adults and children understand how to use technology. Incubator 143, an undergraduate research and development group named after Fred’s favorite number (which for him symbolized the number of letters in “I love you”), focuses on creating positive change for children’s development by integrating cross-disciplinary work. Students from psychology, education, communication, music, film, design, history and theology engage in research and service in the lab and in communities, including through developing posters about Fred Rogers’s messages in the digital age, and most recently, creating a brochure in conjunction with local healthcare agency, Excela Health, to help families experiencing grief.
Saint Vincent’s Threshold Series is an ongoing series of lectures and cultural events established in 1981. Past lecturers have included Isaac Asimov, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jane Bryant Quinn, Benjamin Zander, Alex Haley, Ralph Nader, Heinz-Joachim Fischer, Michael Medved, Claire Bloom, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Cornel West, and more.