The Digital Humanities Option

The MAPH Option in Digital Humanities is intended for students who are interested in investigating topics that consider how new technologies are used to investigate traditional objects of humanistic inquiry as well as the humanistic study and critique of digital technology itself and its cultural impact. Offered in cooperation with a faculty committee tasked with oversight of digital humanities at the University, this option will take advantage of the research projects of our faculty and the events and activities sponsored by the Digital Humanities Forum.

In addition to the MAPH Core and three elective courses, students will take a three-quarter digital humanities survey course that will be team-taught by faculty from the Division of the Humanities and related fields (including the Division of the Social Sciences and the Computation Institute). The course will be structured as follows:

  • Autumn and Winter Quarters will explore the basics of computer programming and statistics with a particular emphasis on providing skills to students who may have had little training in mathematics since high school. Students will be given a general overview of the field through case studies of compelling software tools, digital products, and critical studies in various branches of digital humanities.
  • Spring Quarter will be devoted to exploring in depth the technical and interpretive aspects of selected topics in digital humanities with an emphasis on preparing a final thesis project.

Students in the Digital Humanities option will complete a digital humanities project as the MA thesis. As with any non-traditional MAPH thesis, the digital humanities thesis will be accompanied by a critical essay that addresses theoretical, methodological, or other concerns of the project.

Applicants to this option are encouraged to explore the Digital Humanities Forum website to learn more about the work of faculty members in this area.