Graduate Certificate in DHMS


The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities and Media Studies (DHMS) supplies interested graduate students with crucial training for their careers inside and outside academia. Since a very high percentage of entrance-level positions in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts come with the request or expressed requirements for expertise in digital scholarship and teaching, UConn is now offering a course of study to its graduate students in the form of a university-wide Graduate Certificate.

The UConn Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities and Media Studies is unique insofar as it is fundamentally interdisciplinary in its epistemology: it is not solely oriented, as certificate programs are at other schools, towards digital humanities methods, research, and practice, but also towards integrating media studies as an interdisciplinary and international field of critical theory and cultural studies. These attributes make the DHMS Graduate Certificate exceptional in the region, indeed the country, and add to the potential of research growth at UConn.



The Graduate Certificate in DHMS is administered by the Humanities Institute, under the directorship of Anke Finger. The certificate prepares students to conduct research with digital tools by providing participants with the knowledge about same tools, about methods, and, importantly, about theoretical issues central to the numerous and rich interfaces between digital humanities and media studies. These may include text analysis, data mining, visualization, modeling and simulation, geo-spatial inquiries and mapping, multi-media or digital storytelling, information or knowledge design, network analysis, and interface design in combination with the history of media, media archeology, media aesthetics, media theory, media philosophy, electronic literature, digital cultures and game studies.

The certificate as a course of study emphasizes principles and concepts that will transfer across software programs, tools, and disciplines. It also acknowledges that ever new technologies will emerge and that they are accompanied by questions about the history of technology and media in general and about how we use and integrate such technologies into our cultures and everyday practices.


  • a DHMS Portfolio (see requirements below)
  • a workable and theoretically sound understanding of the interfaces between Digital Humanities and Media Studies
  • a practical and theoretical understanding of the humanities, social sciences and the arts in the digital age as they apply to sectors within and beyond the academy
  • an understanding of and experience with collaborative practices in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts as such practice applies to research and teaching with digital tools

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in DHMS for graduate students enrolled in CLAS or Fine Arts PhD or MA/MFA programs will require a total of 12 credits:

  • 3 credits in one of the core courses,
  • two 3-credit electives from the approved list, and
  • one 3-credit independent study, working on the DHMS Portfolio, as detailed below.

Certificate courses do not require any pre-requisites. Graduate students applying to the Certificate program must be full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Each of the core courses introduces students to key aspects of digital humanities within the context of media studies and digital cultures. They will provide historical, literary and philosophical perspectives for thinking broadly about and working within digital humanities and media studies, as well as expose students to applications and technical skills to merge theory with practice.

It is recommended that students attain this grounding before moving on to take the elective courses. However, students may take courses concurrently as they complete their MA/MFA or doctorate. The two elective courses will allow students to branch out into the various subfields or sister fields of digital humanities and media studies, including multimodal scholarship, digital publishing, text analysis, network analysis, mapping, linguistic computing and more – choices to be determined with their advisor(s) in combination with the DHMS Assistant Director. At least one core will be offered every year.

Core Courses (students take one, 3 credits)

ENGL 5650: Digital Humanities I

LCL 5020: Digital Humanities, Media Studies, and Multimodal Scholarship (to be offered Spring 2018)

DMD 5610 Introduction to Digital Humanities (to be offered Fall 2017)

Electives (students take two and one independent study, with 3 credits each)

Electives should be chosen based on the student’s major field of inquiry, her/his departmental home, and her/his dissertation or thesis research, in consultation with the student’s PhD or MA/MFA advisor and the Assistant Director of DHMS. One of the courses as well as the independent study can overlap with the requirements in the home department. Other courses might qualify as electives if they meet the following criteria: electives should deepen the student’s understanding and theoretical and practical application of Digital Humanities and Media Studies and facilitate her/his direct translation of these skills and knowledge to her/his scholarship.

Possible courses include:

COMM 5660 Computer Mediated Communication

COMM 5650 Communication Technology and Society

CSE 5302 Computer Architecture

DMD 5220 Cinematic Storytelling

ENGL 6650 Seminar in Digital Humanities

GEOG 5500 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems

GERM 5365 German Film Studies

LING 5000 Introduction to Computational Linguistics

Please check the graduate catalog and departmental postings about upcoming seminars or courses that may fulfill the requirements and content for DHMS research.

DHMS Portfolio


The DHMS Portfolio serves as an independent study and culled from work accomplished over the course of working on the DHMS Graduate Certificate. Students should be able to communicate the intellectual rigor and theoretical foundations of their project. They should also comply with some of the guidelines put forth by the Modern Language Association, the American Historical Association, and the College Art Association:

  • describe the process underlying creation of work in digital media (e.g., the creation of infrastructure as well as content) and their particular contributions
  • describe how work in digital media requires new collaborative relationships with clients, publics, other departments, colleagues, and students (1)
  • explain and document its development and progress and its contributions to scholarship
  • include colleagues and take advantage of opportunities to explain how your work contributes to the scholarly conversation in on-campus forums, professional meetings, and print or online publications (2)
  • consider process as a form of scholarship and as a valid, even essential, part of knowledge creation (3)

The final product must be publicly accessible on the web and include examples of the student’s work as well as how the project contributed to the student’s growth as a scholar (process writing). The portfolio must include a short statement of purpose (about 600-1000 words).


Please submit a statement of purpose (300-500 words) to the director of the DHMS graduate certificate, Anke Finger. A Plan of Study for Certificate Programs is available from the Graduate School and must be discussed with your primary advisor before submitting it to the DHMS director. Your application must be filed with the Graduate School for approval.


Planning ahead – a list of courses on offer in 2017/18

EPSY 6194-010 Seminar in Data ScienceThursdays from 4-7pm, Fall 2017

Instructor: Dr. Betsy McCoach

Data Science has grown from a buzzword to a burgeoning field in the past decade. Data scientists must be able to harvest, tame, and manipulate data as well as to ask and answer important questions of interest through data analysis, and they must be able to communicate their results to a variety of audiences, both verbally and visually.  As such, data science involves a combination of computer programming, analytic, creative and critical thinking, and communications skills.  In this graduate seminar in data science, we will explore the new interdisciplinary field of data science.  This course is meant as an introduction to data science for graduate students who have already taken basic coursework in quantitative research methods and/or statistics.  The focus of this course is practical and applied.  Students will learn some basic programming skills (in Python, Stata, and R), and will learn to gather, store, manipulate, analyze, and communicate data to answer research questions and solve problems