The Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate

About the Certificate    Top ⤴

Digital humanities is an interdisciplinary field that uses cutting-edge technology, advanced computing, and public engagement (especially via social media) to investigate questions in the humanities and to intervene in contemporary culture.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate Program allows graduate and post-baccalaureate students to gain scholarly credentials in the digital humanities, while engaging in multiple opportunities to learn about a vibrant and rapidly expanding field. Students can also take part in the development of established and new faculty projects and use innovative digital methods to pursue their own research questions.

Work in the digital humanities can take a variety of forms, including:

  • the development of digital archives
  • the use of geo-spatial technologies
  • the application data mining and machine learning techniques
  • 3D modeling of historical buildings and artifacts
  • tool building and software development for humanities research
  • the development of games, interactive environments, and media systems with a humanistic focus

Nebraska is an international leader in the field of digital humanities with faculty in the departments of Anthropology, Art, Art History & Design, Classics & Religious Studies, English, History, Modern Languages, and the University Libraries. The university is also home to the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, an internationally recognized site for digital humanities research.

Questions about the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate should be directed to the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator Adrian S. Wisnicki. Please also visit the university's main digital humanities program page.

Application for the Certificate    Top ⤴

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

To apply for the certificate, students should visit the dedicated section of the the university's website, then select the Application for Admission. Students may apply for the certificate while, during, or after taking the required courses; there are no restrictions on the specific semester in which students apply and are admitted. All students – including those already enrolled in a graduate program at the university – must complete the application form. When applying, please note the following:

1) Students who are already enrolled in a University of Nebraska graduate program should first contact the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator Adrian S. Wisnicki to confirm their intent to apply. Once the Program Coordinator has confirmed, students should only complete the form minimally and choose the "Digital Humanities Certificate" in the Non-Degree, Graduate Certificate Objective drop-down menu. They will not need to provide any other paperwork. They do need to pay the $50 fee, but will have also received instructions from the Program Coordinator about how they will be reimbursed for this fee.

2) Students who are not already enrolled in a University of Nebraska graduate program should should first contact the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator Adrian S. Wisnicki to confirm their intent to apply. Once the Program Coordinator has confirmed, students should complete the form in full and and choose the "Digital Humanities Certificate" in the Non-Degree, Graduate Certificate Objective drop-down menu. They will also need to provide all required paperwork and pay the $50 application fee.

Requirements for the Certificate    Top ⤴

Students need to complete 12 credit hours of relevant coursework to receive the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate.

There are two required courses:

  • ENGL/HIST/MODL 472/872 & ANTH 471/871 Digital Humanities Practicum
  • ANTH/ENGL/HIST/MODL 946 Interdisciplinary Reading Seminar in Digital Humanities

The remaining six credit hours may be drawn from courses approved by the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator Adrian S. Wisnicki. Examples of such courses will always be listed in the Upcoming Graduate Courses section on this page. In some cases, students may also substitute courses taken at the University of Nebraska or elsewhere for the required ones.

Upcoming Graduate Courses    Top ⤴

Every year Nebraska faculty working in the digital humanities offer a variety of exciting graduate courses. The graduate courses currently scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year are as follows:

Fall 2019

  • ANTH 386/886 Digital Heritage Tools (Heather Richards-Rissetto)

Spring 2020

  • ANTH/CLAS/GEOG/HIST 461/861 Geospatial Approaches in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (Heather Richards-Rissetto)
  • ENGL 477/877 Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities (Amanda Gailey)
  • ANTH/ENGL/HIST/MODL 946 Interdisciplinary Reading Seminar in Digital Humanities (Carrie Heitman)

To learn more about the individual courses listed above, including specific content and schedules, please contact the faculty members teaching them.

Substituting Courses for the Certificate    Top ⤴

On occasion, students may substitute a relevant course or transfer credits to help fulfill the requirements for the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate. Before proceeding, please discuss any such substitution(s) with the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator Adrian S. Wisnicki. To complete the substitution process, please fill out the relevant course waiver form, then have it approved by the Program Coordinator.

Completing the Certificate    Top ⤴

Once you have completed the requirements for the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate, please contact Digital Humanities Program Coordinator Adrian S. Wisnicki and provide the following information:

  • Your NUID number
  • A list of completed courses (including corresponding course numbers and semesters of enrollment)

Using this information, the Program Coordinator will inform the Office of Graduate Studies and so ensure that the university can issue a formal (physical) certificate to you and that the certificate is acknowledged on your official transcript. It will usually take a few weeks for the Office of Graduate Studies to issue your certificate, so please allow for that time in your planning.

Mailing List for the Certificate    Top ⤴

Communication between faculty working in the digital humanities, including the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator Adrian S. Wisnicki, and students enrolled in the Digital Humanities Certificate Program is managed via a dedicated Digital Humanities Program module in Canvas. Students who complete the application for the certificate will be added to the Canvas module by the Program Coordinator and will receive an invitation via email. Students should accept this invitation when they receive it and confirm that they can see the "Digital Humanities Program" module in Canvas; there is nothing else that needs to be done. If students do not receive an invitation to the Canvas module within a week or two of completing the application, they should email the Program Coordinator. [Note: Previously communication was conducted through the DHCertificate listserv, but that listserv is no longer being used so students should not sign up for it.]