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Undergraduate Digital Studies

Digital Humanities Undergraduate Certificate

Background | Requirements


This certificate is designed to introduce students to the ideas, materials and computational tools that underlie this field. It is open to students of all majors. Students take eighteen credit hours from a selection of courses taught in different departments and colleges at UT Austin and must earn a letter grade of C- or better in all courses required for certification. Some courses required by the certificate may also fulfill degree requirements established by a student's major department.

Scholarship in Digital Humanities interprets the cultural and social impact of information technologies as well as creates and applies these technologies to answer cultural, social, historical, and philological questions. Digital Humanities scholarship is necessarily collaborative and interdisciplinary. It emphasizes design, multimediality, and experiential learning and research by creatively expanding the networks of participation, the modes of access, and the tools for the creation and dissemination of scholarship. Digital Humanities practices are not limited to conventional humanities departments, but are emerging in every humanistic field at UT Austin, within the College of Liberal Arts and beyond, in arts and architecture, information studies, film and media studies, archaeology, geography, ethnic studies, and the social sciences. At the same time, Digital Humanities is a natural outgrowth and expansion of the traditional scope of the Humanities and Information Studies, not a replacement or rejection of traditional humanistic inquiry. In fact, the role of the humanist is critical at this historic moment, as our cultural legacy is migrated to digital formats and our relation to knowledge, cultural material, technology, and society is radically re-conceptualized.

Because Digital Humanities demands interdisciplinary education, it offers a compelling model for transformative scholarship and pedagogy at the undergraduate level. Digital Humanities facilitates the necessary critical thinking, analytic skills, and creativity that have long been at the heart of the undergraduate educational experience and thus impacts all fields that use new technologies to undertake research. As more and more courses utilize digital technologies for instruction, new information platforms are emerging, which encourage collaboration, creativity, and interdisciplinarity. Yet, the existing, funded projects at UT Austin do not offer enough opportunities for project-based work for a wide range of students. At the same time, the collections at the heart of humanities research and UT Austin’s world-class libraries and archives are often inaccessible for digital analysis by scholars even when they have been digitized. Pairing students with project-based work in these collections offers a unique opportunity to train students in much-needed information skills and to showcase these and community collections in research that engages staff, undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. The DH Certificate will harness students’ engagement with and excitement about digital technologies and media and put that energy to use in a flexible curriculum that requires both skills acquisition and critical inquiry.


To earn the Certificate, students must take:

(1) An introduction to the Digital Humanities

(2) Twelve hours of coursework including at least one methods-based course,

(3) A capstone course involving project-based Digital Humanities work.

The first requirement is a course taught through the School of Information. It will potentially be cross-listed in American Studies, English, and History. Information will be updated here. 

The second requirement can be fulfilled by taking a range of courses within and beyond the student’s fields of specialization. At least one course must emphasize the acquisition of methods in digitization techniques (XML, OCR, image scanning and processing, GIS), archive building, computer programming, visualization for various applications such as textual data set mining and statistical analysis, data organization, working with new media, or the creation of software applications.

Given the particularly emergent nature of the Digital Humanities, new courses are offered each year that can satisfy the second requirement. At the same time, only a few of the skills and electives courses listed below as example fulfillments of the second requirement are regularly reoccurring. Given the broad selection of qualifying courses that has been available at UT Austin for years, this academic vibrancy is ultimately a strength of this Certificate. As digital methods begin to become more common in basic research training in the humanities, more courses will be offered each year that will satisfy the requirements of the certificate.

The capstone course must feature project-based work, and will be approved by the DH Certificate Program Director for each student completing the Certificate. Independent studies or honors theses or research apprenticeships grounded in Digital Humanities work that constitute a DH project may satisfy
this requirement.

The following courses are recognized as fulfilling the certificate’s requirements:


INF 315E, Introduction to Digital Humanities


AET 305, Foundations of Music Technology+
AET 325, 2D Digital Production Art
AET 326, Digital Production Art 3-D
AET 327, Advanced 3-D Modeling
AET 306, Foundations of Digital Imaging and Visualization
AET 323, Creating Music and Sound For Film Video and Games
AET 335, Game Aesthetics
ART 318C, Transmedia: Digital Time-Based Art I#
ART 338C, Transmedia: Digital Time-Based Art II#
ART 358C, Transmedia: Digital Time-Based Art III#
INF 315E, Information and Culture: Introduction to Databases
INF 350G, Information in Society: Introduction to Audio Preservation and Reformatting
J 339T, Mapping in Storytelling
MUS 319D, Foundations of Digital Sound and Music
CMS 348K, Visual Media and Interaction
CMS 341, Digital Communications
INF 304D, Introduction to Information Studies
INF 315E, Information and Culture: Human Computer Interaction
INF 315E, Information and Culture: Introduction to Digital Cultures
INF 327E, Information and People: Comics, Graphic Novels, & Manga
INF 327E, Information and People: Media & Literacy
INF 350E, Concepts & Practices in Information Security
INF 331C , Beyond Google
INF 335C, Information in Cyberspace
INF 350E, Information in Society: Information Ethics
INF 350E, Technologies of the Book
INF 350G, Information in Society: Historical Museums: Context & Practice
J 355F, Living in the Information Age
J 336F, Social Media Journalism
RHE 309K, Rhetoric and Digital Life
RHE 330C, Digital Rhetorics of Satire
RHE 330C, Digital Self and Rhetoric
RHE 330C, Writing with Sound
RTF 331P, Internet Cultures
RTF 326C, Tech Culture
MUS 329E, Intro to Electronic Media
MUS 329J, Introduction to Computer Music
Project-Based Capstones
AHC 679HB, Classical Studies Honors Tutorial Course #
E679 HB, English Honors Thesis #
GOV 679HB, Honors Tutorial Course #
HIS 679HB, History Honors Tutorial Course #
LAH 679TB, Liberal Arts Honors Thesis #
LIN 679HB, Linguistics Honors Tutorial Course #
MES 679HB, Middle Eastern Studies #
PHL 679HB, Philosophy Honors Tutorial Course #
RHE 330C, Digital Storytelling
RHE 679HB, Rhetoric Honors Tutorial Course #
RS 679HB, Religious Studies Honors Tutorial Course #
REE 679HB, Slavic and Eurasian Studies Tutorial Course #
POR 379H, Spanish and Portuguese Honors Tutorial Course #
SPN 377H, Spanish and Portuguese Honors Tutorial Course #
UGS 320K, Supervised Research
UGS 320L, Independent Inquiry

#Courses with Pre-Requisites

Capstone courses may also be arranged as individual study courses between one student and one faculty member.