Through the minor in Digital Humanities, students will explore the intellectual and creative activities that emerge at the intersection of design, technology and the liberal arts. Digital Humanities practice presumes that technology and human are smarter together than separately, making computers (and even more importantly, internet applications and creative data analysis) integral components of collaborative projects. Courses will ask students to bring critical thinking and self-conscious reflection to their work in the world of technology. Digital tools that are pedagogically integral to course materials will allow students to share ideas and knowledge but also encourage creative expression that goes beyond any one mode of communication or classroom. The program of study emphasizes collaboration, innovation and design rather than the individualism, competition and 'knowledge-banking' that can be typical of scholarship in the analogue humanities world. It also provides the opportunity for close collaboration with faculty working in the digital humanities.
Through the program, students will have the opportunity to make things. All students will develop the skills that will allow them to create capstone projects in other major fields of study that depart from traditional essay or exhibition-based work. Such projects may be community-based, and offer the opportunity to return research to community collaborators; provide a space for the formation of virtual community; have a political or social justice focus; be archival or performative; or simply represent the culmination of a student's interest in a field, subject, text or digital methodology.
Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:
Students will learn how to plan, design and assess a long-term project and will learn forms of self and group assessment. This includes the willingness to document failure as well as success, using those assessments to push their own work forward and make their projects replicable by others.
Because all technological design is narrative at various phases, students will learn to write effectively, providing clear text for their own work and for collaborator, creating opportunities for narrative intervention by users.
Students will learn to think critically about Internet freedom and global networking. Students leaving the minor should understand current debates over net neutrality, nationalism, sharing, copyright and corporate ownership.
Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.
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