Digital Humanities
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Inquiries into culture, meaning, and human value meet emerging technologies and cutting-edge skills at Pratt Institute's School of Information

Pratt launches new Advanced Certificate in Digital Humanities

The Advanced Certificate in Digital Humanities reflects the latest trends in the intersection of digital humanities and the information professions, including digital cultural heritage; data collection, analysis, and visualization; instructional technology and pedagogy; user experience; and the changing natures of research, publication, and outreach in the digital age. Courses emphasize the special role of information professionals in supporting digital humanities research, teaching, and professional activities.

By the end of this program, students will

  • understand and describe current topics in digital humanities, including theory, methods, and applications, and develop critical perspectives on them;
  • develop relevant skills in digital content, research, technology, and user experience; and
  • be prepared to apply these skills appropriately in academic and cultural heritage contexts.

Curriculum

The advanced certificate program consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit courses): two required courses and two electives.

Required Courses (6 credits)
LIS 657 Digital Humanities I
LIS 659 Digital Humanities II

Electives (choose two 3-credit courses, 6 credits)
Contexts
LIS 631 Academic Libraries & Scholarly Communications
LIS 625 Management of Archives & Special Collections
LIS 670 Cultural Heritage Description & Access
LIS 679 Museum & Digital Culture: Theory & Practice
LIS 689 Rare Books & Special Collections

Digital Content
LIS 665 Projects in Digital Archives
LIS 647 Visual Resources Management
LIS 655 Digital Preservation & Curation
LIS 668 Projects in Moving Image & Sound Archives
LIS 669 Digital Asset Management

Research
LIS 658 Information Visualization
LIS 687 Geospatial Information Systems
LIS 640 Data Analysis & Publication
LIS 630 Research Design & Methods

User Experience (UX)
LIS 644 Usability: Theory & Practice
LIS 643 Information Architecture & Interaction Design
LIS 646 Advanced User Experience Design
LIS 682 Projects in Information Experience Design

Special Topics
LIS 611 Information Policy
LIS 628 Data Management & Services
LIS 633 Strategic Leadership
LIS 663 Metadata: Description & Access
LIS 664 Programming for Cultural Heritage
LIS 680 Instructional Technologies
LIS 681 Community Building & Engagement

Note: Some special topics courses (LIS-697) may be used to fulfill one or more elective requirements. Please contact the program coordinator with any questions.

Sample Curricula

The program can be taken as a stand-alone program or within Pratt’s MS in Library and Information Science or MS in Museums and Digital Culture programs.

Advanced Certificate in Digital Humanities (Two-Semester Sequence)

Semester 1 (Fall) Semester 2 (Spring)
LIS 657* Digital Humanities I 3 LIS 659* Digital Humanities 3
DH Elective (see list) 3 DH Elective (see list) 3
Credits Subtotal: 6 Credits Subtotal: 6
Total Credits: 12 units

MSLIS in Library and Information Science with an Advanced Certificate in Digital Humanities (Four-Semester Sequence)

Semester 1 (Fall) Semester 2 (Spring)
LIS 653* Knowledge Organization 3 LIS 651* Information Professions 3
LIS 654* Information Technology 3 LIS 664 Programming for Cultural Heritage (or DH Elective) 3
LIS 657* Digital Humanities I 3 LIS 665 Projects in Digital Archives (or DH Elective) 3
Credits Subtotal: 9 Credits Subtotal: 9
Semester 3 (Fall) Semester 4 (Spring)
LIS 631 Academic Libraries & Scholarly Communication (or DH Elective) 3 LIS 652* Information Sources & Services 3
LIS 644 Usability: Theory and Practice (or DH Elective) 3 LIS 659* Digital Humanities II 3
LIS 658 Information Visualization (or DH Elective) 3 LIS 680 Instructional Technologies (or DH Elective) 3
Credits Subtotal: 9 Credits Subtotal: 9
Total Credits: 36 units
* required course

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the stand-alone certificate program must:

  • hold a Master’s degree from an accredited program in the humanities or library/information science or be pursuing a Master’s degree in those areas;
  • have a superior scholastic record with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
  • submit an application form (from Pratt’s Office of Admissions), non-refundable application fee, and official transcripts;
  • submit a statement of purpose (approx. 2 pages); and
  • submit a current resume with the names of three employers, professors, or others able to judge the applicant’s technical potential.

For admissions requirements to the master’s programs, see Pratt’s MS in Library and Information Science or MS in Museums and Digital Culture pages.

Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with decisions made by an Admissions Committee consisting of the program coordinator, the Dean of the School of Information and Library Science, and the Advisor for Academic Programs. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 must provide evidence of their ability to perform graduate-level work, which may include professional experience in a relevant industry. The Admissions Committee may also request that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination when it is judged that there is some question as to their academic ability. An interview may be required. The Advisor for Academic Programs will contact applicants if any of these actions are deemed necessary.

Interested? Apply Now!

Contact

Professor Chris Alen Sula, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Digital Humanities
www.chrisalensula.org
csula@pratt.edu

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Chris Alen Sula
Chris coordinates digital humanities at Pratt SILS. His research applies visualization and network science to humanities datasets, especially those chronicling the history of philosophy. He has also published articles on citation studies in the humanities; the connection between digital humanities, libraries, and cultural heritage institutions; the politics of technology; and ethical and activist uses of visualization.