Minor in Data Science in the Humanities

In response to increasing graduate involvement in the Humanities Digital Workshop (HDW) and its associated faculty-led projects, we offer a Graduate Certificate in Data Science in the Humanities (DASH), which combines traditional humanities inquiry with computational methods and analysis. All graduate students in the humanities, regardless of their 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 goals are 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 it will foster an awareness of the theoretical implications of using them.

Why study data science in the humanities?

This certificate program is distinguished by its emphasis on collaborative research and pedagogical development. Students will participate on a faculty project in the HDW; most fulfill this requirement through the HDW summer workshop, an eight-week program that pairs faculty with a small group of graduate and undergraduate fellows. The collaborative environment, combined with weekly project meetings and skills workshops, makes these immersive summer programs an unusual counterpoint to traditional graduate education. The DASH certificate also requires 3 units of mentored teaching experience in a digital humanities course, ensuring that pedagogical development accompanies more traditional courses.

ready to learn more?

Contact Joe Loewenstein, co-director of the Humanities Digital Workshop, for more information about the minor.

Contact Joe Loewenstein