Digital humanities (DH) is a discipline at the intersections of the humanities with computing. DH studies human culture -- art, literature, history, geography, religion -- through computational tools and methodologies; and, in turn, DH studies the digital through humanist lenses. Digital humanists study social media phenomena or medieval manuscript archives; computationally analyze thousands of newspaper articles to trace economic developments; construct video games to study literary narratives; or resurrect historical cities through digital maps and virtual reality exhibits.
In introductory and advanced DH courses, students learn about the intellectual landscape of digital humanities scholarship. They learn how to build digital stories, exhibits, and maps; how to digitize rare books; how to analyze collections of data; how to construct digital models and 3D-print them; and how to manage major digital projects. By the end of the program, students conduct a major DH research project of their own or participate in the research of an established faculty project. Throughout the program, students gain a critical perspective on digital technologies, learning to consider the ways digital platforms shape, and are shaped by, the currents of wider social and cultural forces.
By providing this critical and technical skillset, the Digital Humanities Minor prepares students for future paths that range from graduate studies in literature, history, library science, education, or computer science, to careers as technical writers, data analysts and visualizers, project managers, or programmers.
Students should note that some courses at the 200, 300, and 400 levels may have additional prerequisites.
Permission to count courses that are not on the list below towards the Minor in Digital Humanities must be received from the Program Coordinator, and will be granted on a case-by-case basis when the student’s work demonstrably and substantially engages Digital Humanities-related content or research methods.
This is an open enrolment program. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the program.
(4.0 credits, including 1.0 credit at the 300/400-level)
Students should note that some courses at the 200, 300, and 400-levels may have additional prerequisites.
Permission to count courses towards the Minor in Digital Humanities that are not in the Completion Requirements must be received by the Program Coordinator, and will be granted on a case-by-case basis when the student’s work demonstrably and substantially engages Digital Humanities-related content or research methods.
It is not possible to complete this program in one year.
2. Maximum 2.5 credits from any of the following courses, which include DHU courses and cross-listed courses offered by other departments:
a. DHU335H1/ DHU336H1/ DHU337H1/ DHU338H1/ DHU339H1
b. Cross-Listed Courses:
Book and Media Studies: SMC228H1/ SMC229H1/ SMC255H1/ BMS392H1
Cinema Studies: CIN312Y1
Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies: DRM244H1/ DRM424H1
Computer Science: CSC104H1/ CSC108H1/ CSC300H1
Geography: GGR271H1/ GGR272H1/ GGR273H1/ GGR349H1/ GGR452H1
History: HIS393H1/ HIS455Y1
History & Philosophy of Science & Technology: HPS202H1/ HPS203H1
Medieval Studies: MST201H1/ MST202H1/ MST300H1
Religion: RLG233H1/ RLG307H1/ RLG308H1
Urban Studies: URB235H1/ URB236H1/ URB333H1
Writing and Rhetoric: WRR303H1
3. A minimum of a 0.5 credit that provides a capstone experience, chosen from the list below:
a. DHU435H1, DHU436H1, DHU437H1
b. Other 400-level courses with a significant DH practicum element, such as CDN435Y1 (Active Citizenship), can also be considered for fulfillment of the capstone requirement, if students receive written permission of the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator within the first two weeks of enrollment in the course.
Note: Cross-listed courses are offered by other departments. Registration in these courses may be available only to students who have completed specified prerequisites and/or are enrolled in a program sponsored by the department offering the course. Course enrolment conditions are listed in the Arts and Science timetable. Course descriptions, prerequisites, corequisites and exclusions are listed in the Calendar.
- Effective Fall 2021, courses associated with Woodsworth College's Digital Humanities program will have the new "DHU" designator.
- Effective Fall 2021, active courses associated with St. Michael's College's Book and Media Studies program will have the new "BMS" designator. In addition, courses associated with Innis College's Urban Studies and Writing and Rhetoric programs will have the new "URB" and "WRR" designators respectively.