1. How can I get credit toward the DH Certificate for a course not on the list of pre-approved courses?
Students may request approval from certificate coordinator to include other courses with digital humanities content. Contact the certificate coordinator by emailing idhmc [at] tamu [dot] edu with DH Certificate as the subject.
2. What criteria does the coordinator use to determine whether a course not on the list of pre-approved courses will count toward the certificate?
In general, for a course to count toward the DH Certificate 50% or more of the assigned course material should be focused on digital research methods, digital humanities theory, the acquisition of digital tools, or the production of one or more digital artifacts.
In cases where assigned course material does not meet this level of engagement with digital humanities, the course may still count toward the certificate provided at least 50% of the student’s grade for the course comes from one or more writing assignments that deal centrally with digital humanities (e.g. a major research paper, annotated bibliography, book reviews, reviews of digital projects, etc.) or digital projects.
3. What are the expectations for the independent study?
The specific requirements for the independent study must be worked out between the faculty directing the independent study and the student taking it. The Certificate coordinator does not oversee reading lists, assignments, required skills, or assessment of student work. The Certificate only requires that the student produces a project proposal, completes a digital project, and submits a report reflecting critically on the process of producing the project.
4. What is meant by a digital project?
As digital humanities is a broad field, so the Certificate seeks to recognize a broad range of projects. The requirement focuses on the production of a digital artifact that could take, but is not limited to, any of the following forms: computer program, game, database, encoded text, digital map, data visualization, RDF triple store, digital art, digital curation of artistic material, pedagogical materials, digital literary analysis, digital archiving, digital storytelling, wearable computing, 3D printing, etc.
5. What options do I have for completing the digital project?
Digital humanities projects often require skills not covered in traditional coursework. The Certificate coordinator invites students to think creatively about ways to acquire those skills. The following suggestions outline some possible scenarios by which a student could complete a digital project for the certificate. Please be aware, however, that a student must enroll in and complete an independent study course that satisfies the expectations of the faculty member teaching that independent study.
- An independent study that includes a digital project. Students who have the needed skills or a faculty member/librarian who can teach them the needed skills may simply take an independent study with a relevant faculty member.
- Programming-4-Humanists. The IDHMC runs a course each semester called Programming-4-Humanists (P-4-H) where students can acquire digital humanities skills. A student can take this course in conjunction with an independent study course. For example, in the Fall of 2016, the P4H taught participants how to produce a digital edition of a text. A student could gain the skills necessary for the production of a digital edition in that course and then use those skills in an independent study with a faculty member.
- Digital Humanities Summer Institute. DHSI is another excellent venue for acquiring digital humanities skills. Similar to P-4-H, a student could complete a DHSI course on a topic like digital mapping, return to campus and apply those skills to a historical mapping project in an independent study course with a faculty member.
- Workshops on or off Campus. Many institutions locally, nationally, and internationally offer opportunities to gain digital humanities skills. For example, in May 2017, the IDHMC is offering an on-campus workshop on creating databases. A student could take this course and then complete an independent study with a faculty member.
- GARs and Internships. A student with a research position or internship could use the skills acquired working on that project and/or the research product that comes out of that position as part of an independent study they complete separately with a faculty member.