The interdisciplinary minor in Digital Humanities provides students at UNF with a foundation in technologies and methodologies used in digital scholarship, as well as in a variety of professional fields. Students in this minor will acquire knowledge and skills that will prepare them for graduate coursework in traditional Humanities, Social Science and Fine Arts fields, as well as in specialized Digital Humanities or Information Science programs. This page offers answers to some common questions related to this program of study.
What are the Digital Humanities?
In the broader scholarly community, “Digital Humanities” refers to the field that popped up when scholars began using new digital tools to answer old humanities questions, or to use digital media to bring humanistic materials to broader public audiences.
At UNF, the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI) draws faculty, staff and students from academic areas all across campus. Numerous departments and programs within the College of Arts and Sciences play a central role in the Initiative, including Art and Design; English; History; International Studies; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Psychology; Political Science and Public Administration; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and the School of Music. Faculty and students from the Brooks College of Health; the Coggin College of Business; the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction; and the College of Education and Human Services are also involved in the DHI. The Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT), the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and COAS Academic Advising, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE), Information Technology Services (ITS), the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, also play a critical role in advancing a Digital Humanities agenda at UNF. The DHI developed the UNF minor in Digital Humanities, which first appeared in the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog.
For whom is the minor in Digital Humanities?
- Students majoring in traditional humanities fields like English, History, and Philosophy who also have an interest in learning how to build websites or code or use digital tools to supplement their scholarship.
- Students interested in doing graduate work in specialized Digital Humanities or Information Science or Media Studies programs.
- Students who want professional experience using online platforms to bring humanistic materials to wider audiences.
- Students majoring in software engineering or computer science who want to reflect on the aesthetics of their projects and the wider cultural contexts that frame their work.
- Students who wish to work alongside an exciting and growing group of UNF faculty to conceive and implement long-term digital projects. (To see some current projects, visit: https://unfdhi.org/projects/)
What courses count towards the minor?
The minor consists of four electives and one studio course, for a total of fifteen credit hours. It includes courses from Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Computer Science; Communication; Geography and GIS; and Software Engineering; as well as several courses in English and Film. See the program of study in the UNF Undergraduate Catalog for more details.
Can I count courses I’ve already taken towards the minor?
What courses are currently being offered?
Please consult the following:
- DH minor course list, Summer and Fall 2018
- DH minor course list, Spring 2018
- DH minor course list, Fall 2017
Whom can I contact for more information?
Dr. Laura Heffernan, associate professor of English, and acting co-chair of the DHI Curriculum Committee. Faculty may be interested in consulting the draft Guidelines for Inclusion of Coursework in the UNF Minor in Digital Humanities.