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Digital Humanities

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 analyze languages through digital text collections; build digital archives of forbidden booksconstruct video games to study literature; or resurrect historical cities through digital maps.

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.


Enrolment & Completion Requirements

Enrolment Requirements:
This is a Type 1 Program. Enrolment is open to students who have completed 4.0 FCEs.
Note:  It is not possible to complete this program in one year.  

Enrolment instructions are posted on the Faculty of Arts and Science website.


Completion Requirements:
This program requires the completion of four full credits (4 FCEs):
1.0 credit from group 1 (required introductory courses);
2.0 credits from group 2 (digital humanities and cross-listed courses); and 1.0 credit from group 3 (capstone experiences).

Group 1.
1.0 FCE at the 200 level, composed of the following two required introductory courses: WDW235H1, WDW236H1

Group 2.
2.0 FCE to be chosen from the following courses, which include Digital Humanities courses offered by Woodsworth College and cross-listed courses offered by other departments:

Digital Humanities:  WDW335H1, WDW336H1, WDW337H1, WDW338H1

Cross-Listed Courses:
Book and Media Studies: SMC228H1, SMC229H1, SMC255H1, SMC392H1
Cinema Studies: CIN260H1, CIN312Y1, CIN360H1
Computer Science: CSC104H1, CSC108H1, CSC300H1
English: ENG287H1
Geography: GGR271H1, GGR272H, GGR273H1, GGR349H1, GGR452H1
History & Philosophy of Science & Technology: HPS202H1, HPS203H1
Medieval Studies: MST201H1, MST202H1
Music: MUS300H1
Religion: RLG233H1, RLG307H1, RLG308H1
Urban Studies: INI235Y1, INI308H1, INI333H1

Students should note that some courses at the 200, 300, and 400 levels may have additional prerequisites or other enrolment restrictions and are advised to check the Arts and Science timtetable/calendar for detailed course information.

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 students work demonstrably and substantially engages Digital Humanities-related content or research methods.  Requests must be emailed to Silvia Cocolo well in advance of any registration deadlines.  Be sure to include thyour student id and course code and outline in your email message to Ms Cocolo.

Group 3.
1.0 FCE that provides a capstone experience, either 2 H courses or one Y course, chosen from the list below:

WDW435H1, WDW436H1, WDW437H1
Other fourth-year courses with a significant DH practicum element, such as CDN435Y1 (Active Citizenship), can also be considered for inclusion in the capstone experience, if students receive written permission of the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator no later than within the first two weeks of enrollment in the course. 

Note:  You are advised to contact the Program Coordinator well before the start of registration so you make appropriate course choices should your request be refused.



Academics & Registration

The calendar lists all courses that are part of the A&S curriculum.  In addition, you will find important information about program and degree requirements. 

The course timetables (summer or fall/winter) list the courses that are being offered in a given session.  It provides all the information you need to enrol in courses.

Timetables and Registration Instructions

Course descriptions can be found in the Calendar.   Enter Digital Humanities in the program or course search function.

Students must have met prerequisite requirements as published in the most recent release of the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar. Students enrolled in courses for which they do not have the published prerequisites may have their registration in those courses cancelled at any time without warning.