In response to increasing graduate involvement in the Humanities Digital Workshop (HDW) and its associated faculty-led projects, we offer a Graduate Certificate in Data Science in the Humanities (DASH), which combines traditional humanities inquiry with computational methods and analysis. All graduate students in the humanities, regardless of their home PhD program, are welcome to pursue this certificate. A data-driven approach can complement and enrich any humanities field, and the certificate features appreciable cross-disciplinary engagement. Recent HDW projects have been supervised by faculty in fields as diverse as history; music; German; Asian and Near Eastern languages and literature; American studies; philosophy-neuroscience-psychology; women, gender, and sexuality studies; and English. Our goals are to enrich the analytic skills that students can bring to bear on research in their home disciplines and to enable them to contribute thoughtfully and resourcefully in other disciplines of the humanities.
The curriculum addresses data management, statistics, text analysis, geospatial analysis, digital prosopography, data visualization and information design. This curriculum will acquaint any PhD student with new methodologies and techniques, and it will foster an awareness of the theoretical implications of using them.
This certificate program is distinguished by its emphasis on collaborative research and pedagogical development. Students will participate on a faculty project in the HDW; most fulfill this requirement through the HDW summer workshop, an eight-week program that pairs faculty with a small group of graduate and undergraduate fellows. The collaborative environment, combined with weekly project meetings and skills workshops, makes these immersive summer programs an unusual counterpoint to traditional graduate education. The DASH certificate also requires 3 units of mentored teaching experience in a digital humanities course, ensuring that pedagogical development accompanies more traditional courses.
Students interested in pursuing the DASH graduate certificate should contact the program director. PhD students in good standing should apply before the end of their second year. Master's students are not eligible. Applicants should write a letter detailing their interest in data science or digital humanities as well as any relevant background; their letter should be supplemented by a letter of support from the director of graduate studies of their home doctoral program. Upon review, the DASH program director will make recommendations for admission to the dean of the Graduate School for final approval. In order to receive the DASH graduate certificate, students must fulfill all of the PhD requirements of their home department. The certificate is granted to the student upon completion of the PhD.
|Contact:||Joseph F. Loewenstein|
Graduate Certificate in Data Science in the Humanities
15 units are required to complete the DASH graduate certificate. Most students are able to count 6 units dually between the requirements of the certificate and the doctoral degree requirements. Students should consult with their doctoral adviser and the DASH graduate certificate adviser to determine which courses may be applied to both degrees.
To obtain the required 15 units, students must take the following:
- 6 units from the core curriculum
- 3 units from participating in a faculty project in the Humanities Digital Workshop (HDW), which most students will undertake during the HDW summer program
- 3 units of teaching practicum in either DASH 1, DASH 2, DAMS + PROTA, or IPH 312 (Intro to Digital Humanities)
- 3 units from the list of electives