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.


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:

  • ANTH/ENGL/HIST/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 872: Digital Humanities Practicum. This course provides students with real, in-depth experience in collaboratively building digital humanities projects in response to challenges proposed by 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
  • ANTH 886: Digital Heritage Tools
  • HIST 970: Seminar in Digital History
  • HIST 870: Digital History
  • ENGL 878: Digital Archives and Editions
  • ENGL 898: Electronic Texts: Development and Design
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

Fall 2018

  • ANTH 386/886 – Digital Heritage Tools (Richards-Rissetto), TR 3:30-4:45p
  • ANTH/ENGL/HIST/MODL 946 – Readings in Digital Humanities (Heitman), W 4:30-7p
  • ENGL 477/877 – DH Project Planning & Development: First Steps (Wisnicki), TR 9:30-10:45a
  • ENGL 965 – Digital Transformations of Nineteenth-century American Literature (Price), M 2-5p

Spring 2019

  • ENGL 472/872 – DH Practicum, TR 11-12:15p (Ramsay)
  • ENGL 478/878 – Digital Archives and Editions (Gailey)
  • Geospatial Approaches in the Humanities (Richards-Rissetto)

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 Digital Humanities Program Coordinator, Professor Adrian S. Wisnicki (

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