Graduate Certificate in Data Science in the Humanities

In response to increasing graduate involvement in the Humanities Digital Workshop and its associated faculty-led projects, we offer a graduate certificate combining traditional humanities inquiry with computational methods and analysis. All graduate students in the humanities, regardless of 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, East Asian Languages and Cultures, American Studies, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, and English. Our goal is 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 will foster an awareness of the theoretical implications of using them.

This certificate program is distinguished by its emphasis on collaborative research and pedagogical training. Students will work on a faculty project in the HDW, and most fulfill this requirement through participation in the HDW summer workshop, an 8-week program that pairs faculty with a small group of graduate and undergraduate fellows. The collaborative work environment, combined with weekly project meetings and skills workshops, make these immersive summer programs an unusual counterpoint to traditional graduate work. The DASH Certificate also requires the 3 unit course Digital Humanities in the Classroom, ensuring that pedagogical training accompanies more traditional coursework.

Requirements  (15 units)

DASH Core: at least 3 units (up to 7) 

  • L93 IPH 430: Data Manipulation for the Humanities (1 unit)
  • L93 IPH 431: Statistics for Humanities (3 units)
  • L93 IPH 432: Programming for Text Analysis (3 units)

IPH 590 Digital Humanities in the Classroom (3 units)

This includes assisting in a course from the DASH core or in L93 IPH 3123: Intro to Digital Humanities (3 units)

Research via Internship (at least 2 units)

L93 IPH 599 Internship in Digital Humanities (2-6 units).  This course may be repeated for up to 6 credits. Students intern on a faculty Digital Humanities research project either during the academic year or in summer through the Humanities Digital Workshop.

Electives  (Remaining units selected from Elective Courses)

  • L53 Film 453: Experiential Design for Immersive Media (3 units)
  • E81 CSE 457A: Introduction to Visualization (3 units)

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Note: Certain undergraduate courses may be useful for students pursuing the graduate certificate.  With permission of the Director of the DASH program and the instructor(s) of the relevant undergraduate course(s), students may participate in two such courses, up to six units, as IPH 5XXA or IPH 5XXB, Problems and Techniques in Digital Humanities. Students will complete the course requirements for the relevant undergraduate course together with supplementary graduate-level assignments.  A sampling of undergraduate courses that would serve this purpose well includes:

  • E81 CSE 131: Introduction to Computer Science I (3 units)
  • E81 CSE 204A: Web Development (3 units)
  • E81 CSE 247: Data Structures and Algorithms (3 units)
  • E81 CSE 247R: Seminar: Data Structures and Algorithms (1 Unit)
  • L14 E Lit 313W: Bots, Drones, and Cyborgs: Being Human in the Age of Intelligent Machines (3 units)
  • E81 CSE 330S: Rapid Prototype Development and Creative Programming (3 units)
  • L53 Film 337: Retro Game Design (3 units)
  • L15 Drama 390: Immersive Story Studio (3 units)