Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Humanities

Kevin McMullen (left), Brian Sarnacki and Rebecca Ankenbrand are among the inaugural Digital Scholarship Incubator Fellows at UNL.Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary academic field that brings digital technology to bear on the study of the human record. The Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Humanities at UNL allows graduate and post-baccalaureate students to gain scholarly credentials in Digital Humanities. Work in this area can take a variety of forms, including: digital scholarly editing; the creation of thematic research archives and resources; programmatic analysis of large-scale textual corpora; the use of geo-spatial tools and technologies to study the interaction of people and place; data mining and machine learning techniques using historical data; 3D modeling of historical buildings and artifacts; tool building and software development for humanities research; and the creation of games, interactive environments, and media systems with a humanistic focus.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an international leader in the field, with over a dozen faculty in the departments of Anthropology, Art & Art History, Classics & Religious Studies, English, History, Modern Languages, and the University Libraries. We are also home to the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, and the Center and its Faculty Fellows are involved with dozens of digital projects in a range of humanities fields.

UNL's Digital Humanities faculty are recognized leaders in the field. They teach and conduct research in all areas of the Digital Humanities and participate in a variety of research efforts around the world.

Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities is open to graduate students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs at UNL and is also available as a standalone (non-degree) post-baccalaureate certification.

Students take a total of 12 credit hours in the area. Two of the courses are required:

  • HIST/ENGL/MODL 946: Interdisciplinary Reading Seminar in Digital Humanities. An in-depth, seminar-style survey of the scholarly literature in Digital Humanities, theory of new media, computational history, and related topics.
  • HIST/ENGL/MODL 495/895E: Digital Humanities Practicum/Internship in Digital Humanities. This course provides students with real, in-depth experience in collaboratively building Digital Humanities projects in response to challenges proposed by UNL researchers and/or local and regional humanities organizations.

The remaining six credit hours may be drawn from courses approved by the Certificate Program's Adviser. Examples of regularly taught courses that may be easily applied toward the certification include:

  • ANTH 935 Seminar in Archaeology: Digital Anthropologies
  • HIST 970: Seminar in Digital History
  • HIST 870: Digital History
  • ENGL 4/878: Digital Archives and Editions
  • ENGL 4/898: Electronic Texts: Development and Design
  • ENGL 4/898: Microanalysis (permanent course number pending)
  • ENGL 4/898: Macroanalysis (permanent course number pending)
Waivers for Required Courses
Occasionally, students may request that they be allowed to waive a requirement for a course in the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate program because they have met the requirement through work experience, another course, or the like. If you wish to pursue a waiver for a required course, you must fill out the Digital Humanities Certificate Course Waiver Form and get it approved by the DH Certificate coordinator. It is strongly recommended that students requesting such a waiver be in conversation with the coordinator of the DH Graduate Certificate program before completing this form.

Upcoming Courses

2014 - 2015

Fall 2014
  • ANTH 498/898 Advanced Current Topics in Anthropology: Digital Heritage (Professor Richards-Rissetto)
  • HIST/ENGL/MODL 946: Interdisciplinary Reading Seminar in Digital Humanities (Professor Thomas)
  • ENGL 4/878: Electronic Texts (Professor Ramsay)
Spring 2015
  • ANTH 498/898 Geospatial Approaches in Digital Humanities & Social Sciences (Professor Richards-Rissetto): In this course, students will come to understand the theory, methods, and practice of using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 3D modeling and 3D visualization in the digital humanities and social sciences. Through readings, exploration of digital projects, and hands-on lab activities you will acquire skills to critically evaluate geospatial approaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as learn when and how to apply geospatial approaches to your own research including archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, Classics, English, and more broadly any form of cultural heritage. You will learn, for  example, Where to find data? How to convert these data into GIS? How to create 3D models from GIS data? Some skills include: georeferencing maps, querying and manipulating data, basic cartography, and digital data dissemination.
  • HIST/ENGL/MODL 479/879: Digital Humanities Practicum/Internship in Digital Humanities (Professors Jewell and Lorang):  This course provides students with real, in-depth experience in collaboratively creating digital humanities projects. Guided by faculty with expertise in a broad range of digital humanities methods and resources, students work in teams to tackle challenges proposed by UNL researchers and/or local and regional humanities organizations. The weekly class meeting is designed as a lab for team work, for learning new technical and research skills, and for pursuing strategies to solve humanities problems in the digital age. Though some technical and research experience is useful, this challenging class accommodates students from a wide range of backgrounds and with varied skills. This practicum course is an opportunity to develop significant experience in how universities, libraries, museums, archives, publishers, nonprofits, and others are using digital methods to pursue their humanities missions. 
  • ENGL 478/878 Digital Archives and Editions (Professor Gailey)
  • SPAN 478/878 Introduction to the Digital Analysis of Hispanic Culture (Professor Pereira-Zazo)
  • HIST 470/870 Digital History (Professor Coltrain)

2015 - 2016

  • Fall Semester: HIST/ENGL/MODL 946: Interdisciplinary Reading Seminar in Digital Humanities (Professor Price)
  • Spring Semester: HIST/ENGL/MODL 495/895E: Digital Humanities Practicum/Internship in Digital Humanities (Professors Jewell and Lorang)
  • ANTH 416/816 Digital Anthropologies (Professor Heitman)

2016 - 2017

  • Fall Semester: HIST/ENGL/MODL 946: Interdisciplinary Reading Seminar in Digital Humanities (Professor Heitman)
  • Spring Semester: HIST/ENGL/MODL 495/895E: Digital Humanities Practicum/Internship in Digital Humanities (Professors Jewell and Lorang)

2017 - 2018

  • Fall Semester: HIST/ENGL/MODL 946: Interdisciplinary Reading Seminar in Digital Humanities (Professor Peterson)
  • Spring Semester: HIST/ENGL/MODL 495/895E: Digital Humanities Practicum/Internship in Digital Humanities (Professors Jewell and Lorang)

To Apply

For further information, including information on how to apply for the graduate certificate, please check the Digital Humanities Certificate Page at the Office of Graduate Studies.

Completing the Certificate

When you have completed all the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, you must contact the certificate coordinator and provide the following information:

  • Your NUID number
  • A list of the courses you took (including the course numbers) and the semester in which you took them

The DH certificate coordinator will inform the Office of Graduate Studies about your completion of the requirements, and they will produce a physical certificate and ensure that the completion appears on your official transcript.

Questions? Please contact the Interim Digital Humanities Certificate Program Coordinator, Professor Andy Jewell: ajewell2@unl.edu