2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Digital Humanities, BA

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Dr. Patrick W. Berry

Affiliated Faculty:

Chris Forster, Chris Hanson, Patrick W. Berry, and Patrick Williams

The Digital Humanities integrated learning major is a 21-credit interdisciplinary program that brings the traditional strengths of the humanities to the study of digital culture. The digital studies major provides students with a structured opportunity to apply the skills of critical thinking, creativity, and historical contextualization to digital cultures and technologies. The major features three introductory core courses, one course focused on technical skills, three elective courses chosen from offerings in various disciplines, and a capstone in which students will demonstrate their mastery and understanding of digital culture. The major seeks to combine a rigorous contextualization of digital technology and culture within a much longer history (and analysis of our own moment in history) with creative experimentation with digital technology.

This Digital Humanities ILM will provide students with an opportunity to deepen their critical, theoretical, and historical perspectives on digital technologies. The major may be paired with any major in the College of Arts and Sciences/Maxwell, which will allow our students to explore focused paths for integrating uses of technology with work in liberal arts disciplines.

This ILM may be combined with any other undergraduate major with approval by the program director. While certain majors typically serve as the base major for this ILM, students are encouraged to meet with the program director to determine their best choice of a base major. Dually enrolled students must have a base major within Arts and Sciences|Maxwell.

Dual Enrollments:

Students dually enrolled in Newhouse* and Arts and Sciences|Maxwell will complete a minimum of 122 credits, with at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences|Maxwell coursework and an Arts and Sciences|Maxwell major.

*Students dually enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences|Maxwell as first year students must complete the Liberal Arts Core. Students who transfer to the dual program after their first year as singly enrolled students in the Newhouse School will satisfy general requirements for the dual degree program by completing the Newhouse Core Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Situate contemporary computing and digital technologies within a longer history of media.

2. Interrogate datasets for potential biases in how they represent the world. 

3. Analyze the politics of digital technologies, considering representations of text, image, and media.

4. Establish increased facility with digital technology by having basic experience with computer programming.

5. Compose across media using various digital technologies. 

Digital Humanities Capstone

Production of a final project that provides practical, hands-on experience with approaches to the digital humanities.

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