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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.


Program Enrolment & Completion Requirements

Program Enrolment Requirements:

Program Completion Requirements:

  • The Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar contains a complete listing of all Arts & Science programs and courses, along with important dates, rules and regulations. Use the Program Search function on the calendar and enter Digital Humanities to find program completion requirements and course descriptions.

  • The Program Requirements listed in the archived 2020-21 Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar apply to students who apply to the program in Spring 2021. 

  • Current Digital Humanities students should regularly check Degree Explorer to ensure that they are on track to complete the program.  

  • Note: It is not possible to complete this program in one year.  


Course Enrolment

  • The Timetable Builder lists the courses that are being offered in a given session. Choose Faculty of Arts & Science from the Faculty/Division dropdown menu and then enter DHU into the Course Code, Course Title, or Keyword field and hit Search to see a complete list of Digital Humanities courses being offered.

  • Find additional course enrolment instructions on the Arts & Science course enrolment page and on the Sidney Smith Commons website. 

  • Please note that you must have met course 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.