• Digital Humanities (Minor)

  • Overview

    Through the minor in Digital Humanities, students will explore the intellectual and creative activities that emerge at the intersection of design, technology and the liberal arts. Digital Humanities practice presumes that technology and human are smarter together than separately, making computers (and even more importantly, internet applications and creative data analysis) integral components of collaborative projects. Courses will ask students to bring critical thinking and self-conscious reflection to their work in the world of technology. Digital tools that are pedagogically integral to course materials will allow students to share ideas and knowledge but also encourage creative expression that goes beyond any one mode of communication or classroom. The program of study emphasizes collaboration, innovation and design rather than the individualism, competition and 'knowledge-banking' that can be typical of scholarship in the analogue humanities world. It also provides the opportunity for close collaboration with faculty working in the digital humanities.

    Through the program, students will have the opportunity to make things. All students will develop the skills that will allow them to create capstone projects in other major fields of study that depart from traditional essay or exhibition-based work. Such projects may be community-based, and offer the opportunity to return research to community collaborators; provide a space for the formation of virtual community; have a political or social justice focus; be archival or performative; or simply represent the culmination of a student's interest in a field, subject, text or digital methodology.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Core CoursesNHUM 2001 Introduction to Digital Humanities
    NCOM 3000 Introduction to Media Studies
    NCOM 3210 Web Design Fundamentals
    NCOM 3200 Intro to Digital Design
    PSAM 1028 Web Design Basics
    NHUM 4105 Capstone Humanities Action Lab Pro Seminar
    Elective CoursesNHUM 2411 Blogging 1 Your Toolbox
    NHUM 3411 Blogging 2 Your Toolbox
    NHUM xxxx Blogging 3 Your Toolbox
    NHIS 3002 NYC Activists and Their Worlds
    NCOM 3241 Writing Across Media
    NFLM 3700 Digital Video Production
    NFLM xxxx Digital Editing Basics Intensive
    NCOM 3005 Viral Media Lab
    NCOM 3305 Social Media Mashup
    UENV 3200 Spatial Thinking with GIS
    NCOM 3166 Race, Ethnicity, Class in Media
    LINA 2025 Arts Digital Toolkit
    LLSJ 2001 News and Narrative in the Digital Age I
    LLSJ 3001 News, Narrative and Design in the Digital Age II
    LTHR 2054 Puppetry in the Digital Age
    LCST 3071 Global Media Activism
    LLSJ 3505 Visualizing Data
    PSAM 1080 Digital Imagining
    NHUM xxxx Digital Humanities Independent Study

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • An understanding of digital humanities as an emerging scholarly practice in the liberal arts and sciences.
    • The capacity to discuss their work with digital humanities insiders, and explain it to practitioners who share their intellectual interests but are outside the DH community.
    • The capacity to collaborate intellectually in projects requiring critical digital humanities skills: project design, identifying and using metadata and application of humanities-based critical knowledge to technology.
    • The capacity to employ design and digital technologies to create verbal and visual arguments.
    • Basic technological skills in digital and web applications. Because the digital tool box evolves so rapidly, this means developing the student's confidence in the ability to learn, make technology choices that are suitable to a given project and gain new skills independently.

    Students will learn how to plan, design and assess a long-term project and will learn forms of self and group assessment. This includes the willingness to document failure as well as success, using those assessments to push their own work forward and make their projects replicable by others.

    Because all technological design is narrative at various phases, students will learn to write effectively, providing clear text for their own work and for collaborator, creating opportunities for narrative intervention by users.

    Students will learn to think critically about Internet freedom and global networking. Students leaving the minor should understand current debates over net neutrality, nationalism, sharing, copyright and corporate ownership.


    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

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