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Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities

digital humanitiesThe UT Humanities Center is pleased to work with faculty in our affiliated arts and humanities departments to host a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. Graduate students can sign up for the certificate program and gain experience working with digital technologies as part of their research training.

Digital humanities brings computing science together with the humanities, creating new ways of seeing historical data, raising new questions about historical archives, and raising new possibilities for research concerning the influence of computing on our knowledge structures and cultural institutions. DH spans disciplines and types of projects, with projects ranging from digitization of archival materials so that they can be more easily accessed outside of museums or libraries, to cultural analytics, to 3D mapping of archeological sites, to educational technology applications, to digital film studies, to game studies and gamification of learning.

For information about the DH Certificate, please contact program chair Hilary Havens at hhavens1@utk.edu or contact the UT Humanities Center at 974-4222 or humanitiesctr@utk.edu.


Program Description: Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate

The DH Graduate Certificate consists of a minimum of 12 hours in interdisciplinary coursework outlined. A maximum of nine credits can overlap between the DH certificate and the student’s home discipline, as approved by the DH program chair. At least six credits toward the DH Graduate Certificate must be taken at the 500-level or above. Students should work with individual instructors to define course projects as DH projects that can be showcased in their Certificate Portfolio. As part of requirement III., students will assemble and submit a portfolio in ENGL 593 (or the equivalent) for evaluation to a faculty review committee consisting of the DH program chair and one faculty member assigned by the program chair. The portfolio will include the student's final DH Project, which will serve as the centerpiece for the portfolio, and will also showcase work in each class they have taken toward the DH Certificate.

Students are generally admitted to the program prior to completing six credit hours toward the certificate, but may be admitted after having completed up to nine credit hours, excepting requirement III. below. Students will select their coursework in conjunction with the DH program chair, who must approve each student’s program. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average throughout the program.

I. ENGL 590 (3 credits) - Introduction to Digital Humanities: a course that contains an overview of the theory of Digital Humanities and introduces students to a variety of tools in the Digital Humanities, including approaches to text analysis and data visualization. This 3-credit course will be cross-listed among participating departments and will be the core course for the certificate.

II. Six (6) credits chosen from the following:

  • CLAS 562 [graduate code for any of the following]:
    • CLAS 436 Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece and Rome
    • CLAS 439 Pompeii
    • CLAS 444 Archaeology and Art of Ancient Rome and Italy
    • CLAS 446 Archaeological Statistics
  • CNST / WGS 469 Sexuality & Cinema
  • ENGL 412 Jane Austen’s Bookshelf
  • ENGL 462 Writing for Publication
  • ENGL 466 Writing, Layout, and Publication of Technical Documents
  • ENGL 494 Cultural Rhetorics
  • ENGL 508 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 531 Readings in English Literature, Restoration and 18th-Century
  • ENGL 594 Film History, Form, and Analysis
  • ENGL 610 Introduction to Old English
  • ENGL 640 Studies in Restoration and 18-Century Literature
  • ENGL 680 Advanced Studies in Rhetoric, Writing and Linguistics
  • GERM 556 German Visual Cultures and Media
  • GERM / CNST 423 Themes and Genres in German Cinema
  • GRDS 444 Graphic Design Directed Research
  • HIST 530 Topics in Medieval History
  • HIST 630 Seminar in Medieval History
  • HIST 642 Seminar in 19th-Century United States
  • Special topics courses as approved by the DH program chair, e.g.
    • ENGL 470 Special Topics in Rhetoric (e.g., “Augmented Reality”)
    • ENGL 499 (e.g., "Virtual Worlds and the Ethics of Character")
    • ENGL 688 Studies in Literary Criticism (e.g., "Hyperaesthetics, Virtual Cultures, Cyberbodies")
    • ENGL / CNST 489 Special Topics in Film (e.g. “Videographic Criticism”)
    • HIST 541 Topics in Early American History (e.g. “The Atlantic World”)
    • MRST 510/403 (e.g. “Becoming Mediterranean: Crusades and Crusading in Francophone Culture and Literature”)

[Note: courses that may fulfill a DH requirement have been submitted by faculty and include the above. Due to possible changes in course staffing and variable topics, it is recommended that students confirm program approval of courses in advance with the DH chair.]

III. ENGL 593 or an additional 3 credits – either an independent study, thesis, or a non-designated DH class – for which students will complete an independent DH project and compile their Certificate Portfolio, intended to be a tool for job-seeking purposes.

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