In response to increasing graduate involvement in the Humanities Digital Workshop and its associated faculty-led projects, we offer a graduate certificate combining traditional humanities inquiry with computational methods and analysis. All graduate students in the humanities, regardless of home PhD program, are welcome to pursue this certificate. A data-driven approach can complement and enrich any humanities field, and the certificate features appreciable cross-disciplinary engagement. Recent HDW projects have been supervised by faculty in fields as diverse as History, Music, German, Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literature, American Studies, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, and English. Our goal is to enrich the analytic skills that students can bring to bear on research in their home disciplines, and to enable them to contribute thoughtfully and resourcefully in other disciplines of the humanities.
The curriculum addresses data management, statistics, text analysis, geospatial analysis, digital prosopography, data visualization and information design. This curriculum will acquaint any PhD student with new methodologies and techniques, and will foster an awareness of the theoretical implications of using them.
This certificate program is distinguished by its emphasis on collaborative research and pedagogical training. Students will work on a faculty project in the HDW, and most fulfill this requirement through participation in the HDW summer workshop, an 8-week program that pairs faculty with a small group of graduate and undergraduate fellows. The collaborative work environment, combined with weekly project meetings and skills workshops, make these immersive summer programs an unusual counterpoint to traditional graduate work. The DASH Certificate also requires 3 units of TA-ship in a digital humanities course, ensuring that pedagogical training accompanies more traditional coursework.