In response to the growing interest in the Humanities Digital Workshop, we now offer a Data Science in the Humanities minor (DASH) combining traditional humanities inquiry with digital methods and analysis. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the minor, it is home-based in IPH, the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities. We also offer an analogous program for graduate students.
Who is the minor for?
Any humanities student will feel at home in this minor and in its research community. No previous experience with computational methods is required—the core curriculum equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate fluently the field of Digital Humanities, and those skills and that knowledge are eminently "transferable." Computational approaches to questions in the humanities are slowly migrating from the methodological fringes of the disciplines of cultural, artistic, and historical inquiry; students in the minor will have the opportunity to engage with the emerging future of their fields—and to help shape that future.
A student who does have previous computational experience—a CompSci major, for instance—will still benefit from the minor. Grafting that knowledge to the problems of cultural and historical analysis, and working on challenging new projects within unfamiliar fields, computer-savvy students will find themselves becoming more versatile than ever (and therefore, we believe, more attractive to graduate admissions committees and potential employers).
This minor is unusual, among humanities programs, in its focus on hands-on undergraduate research. STEM fields provide relatively straightforward pathways toward research, whereas humanities students sometimes struggle to define what humanities research entails, let alone know how to get involved. Research opportunities are built into the DASH minor. It requires 3 units of work on a faculty-led project. It is possible to complete this minor with only 6 units of course-work, and devote the remaining 9 units entirely to research.
Every summer, the Humanities Digital Workshop invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students for its summer fellowships. The fellowships pair students with humanities faculty engaged in digital humanities projects for 8 weeks and past participants have overwhelmingly found this a valuable experience. Most students pursuing the minor will fill their required 3 units of research through one of these fellowships. A list of past and ongoing HDW projects can be found here.
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