The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities and Media Studies (DHMS) supplies interested graduate students with essential training for their careers inside and outside academia. The UConn Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities and Media Studies is unique insofar as it is fundamentally interdisciplinary in its approach: it is not solely oriented 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.
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 supplying 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 distant reading/text mining, data visualization, geo-spatial inquiries and mapping, multimedia or digital storytelling, information or knowledge design, and network analysis in combination with the history of media, media archeology, media aesthetics, media theory, media philosophy, electronic literature, digital cultures and game studies. Each plan of study is unique, and your interests and suggestions are central to designing your very own certificate curriculum within this program.
- a DHMS Portfolio for career purposes (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 practices apply to research and teaching with digital tools within and beyond the academy
Certificate Requirements (12 credits)
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 that may overlap with other required courses, and
- one 3-credit independent study focusing on the composition of the DHMS portfolio OR a third 3-credit elective
Certificate core 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.
Students may take courses concurrently as they complete their MA/MFA or PhD. The two elective courses will allow students to branch out into the various subfields or sister fields of digital humanities and media studies while they may also cover credits required by the home department – choices to be determined with the advisor(s) in combination with the DHMS Assistant Director. At least one core course 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
DMD 5610: Introduction to Digital Humanities
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. These 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.
The DHMS Portfolio serves as a capstone project and is culled from work accomplished over the course of working on the DHMS Graduate Certificate. Encouraged are portfolios that advance the student’s overall research portfolio and/or are part of the dissertation or MA thesis research. Students should be able to communicate the intellectual rigor and theoretical foundations of their work. 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
- 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
- consider process as a form of scholarship and as a valid, even essential, part of knowledge creation
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 500 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 and then to the Graduate School. You need to apply with the Grad School to be admitted to the certificate program. When all requirements, including the DHMS portfolio, have been completed, the Certificate will be issued.