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Digital Humanities

Master of Arts

Digital humanities brings data and information sciences together with traditional print humanities to seek new approaches, new questions, and new methods in research, teaching, and the public promotion of humanities. Digital humanists engage in a wide variety of work creating and curating digital collections and tools, analyzing text, image, and ideas with digital tools, and studying digital culture and how it impacts our ideas about the world.

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What is digital humanities?
Digital humanities embraces a wide variety of activities that, in different ways, bring together data science, computing, data curation, and humanistic study. Work in the digital humanities can range from digital exhibitions in museums and libraries, to the work of scholars using computers to analyze literature and art, to study of and engagement with social media and social networks, to the practice of digital publication and media.
Why should I pursue a degree in digital humanities?
Students of digital humanities can apply their skills and expertise in universities and cultural heritage institutions or in a variety of roles in non-profit or private industry which require a combination of both traditional "soft" skills in the liberal arts and the digital skills of the 21st century. Though some students will come to digital humanities as a way to prepare for pursuing a Ph.D. in a discipline and in order to do research specifically in digital humanities, others will find digital humanities a pathway to humanistic careers well beyond the academy. Students will find in digital humanities the tools for engaging with humanities in a new and different way than they had before.
What is the Master's degree program like?
FSU's digital humanities MA degree is a 2-year degree hosted in the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities. The program is highly flexible and individualized to suit each student's chosen specialty within the large field of possibilities open to digital humanists. There are a series of core classes where students learn essential digital humanities skills for data analytics (DH 1: Humanities Data), data curation (DH 2), and for communicating and teaching (Digital Pedagogy). Students are also part of a growing and vibrant community of digital humanities scholars across many departments and schools of the university, including the Office of Digital Research in the University Libraries and the Digital Scholars group sponsored by the History of Text Technology Program in the Department of English. Beginning in 2018, PIH will host its own digital humanities workshop series. A collaborative digital humanities lab will start work in the coming year as well.
How much does it cost?
All students in the program are fully funded. Students are provided with a full stipend (13K +) and tuition waiver in exchange for service as teaching assistants and, in the second year of study, as instructors of record for an undergraduate course.
For more information, contact the director of the graduate program, Dr. Allen Romano, at Information can also be found on the website,, under "Program"
To Apply:
The program in digital humanities is open to students from all majors, including especially all humanities disciplines, library or information studies, and any computing disciplines.
Applications require a statement of purpose, 3 letters of recommendation, and a sample of written or (if applicable) digital work.
Application deadline is March 31, 2018.
Digital Scholars meetings start Jan 24.
See the full schedule and posts at
The Office of Digital Research at FSU Libraries has a full slate of workshops and sessions on Digital Humanities this Spring.
See the full listing and sign up to attend: Library Events
The Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities co-sponsored a highly successful conference on "Invisible Work in Digital Humanities", November 17 and 18, at FSU. The two day symposium addressed the unspoken assumptions surrounding collaborative work in the digital humanities by exploring quesitons about diverging expectations, unequal labor, and invisible work. The event was live-streamed and recordings of the keynote talks can be found at the conference website: Look for a whitepaper and special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly from the conference.

The event was organized in conjunction with the FSU School of Information, the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship, the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, and the Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Program. Funding was generously provided by the Department of English, the School of Information, the Office of Research, the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, the Provost's Office, and the University Libraries.
Dr. Allen Romano, PIH faculty member and coordinator of the Digital Humanities graduate program, was recognized by the Office of Distance Learning for excellence in Online Teaching and in Online Course Design. His course in Summer 2016 was the first online version of the popular HUM 2020, The Art of Being Human, to be offered.
FSU News Release

This course will be offered again online in upcoming semesters.
The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (Slavic Program) and the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities (Digital Humanities Program) welcome:

Prof. David Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh) “Meter, Rhythm, Rhyme: Teaching a Computer to Read Poetry”

Monday, March 6, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Center for Global Engagement, Room 2600

Refreshments will be served. This talk is open to the public.

Prof. Birnbaum is Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. The author of numerous articles, book chapters, and editions, Prof. Birnbaum specializes in Digital Humanities, historical linguistics and medieval Slavic manuscripts. In 2015 he received the Marin Drinov medal from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for his contributions to scholarship. In 2013 he received an award from the American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages for his contributions to teaching.
The Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities is offering a new undergraduate humanities and writing course beginning in Spring 2017. The class, Humanism and the Humanities, fulfills the university's Upper Division Writing Requirement. This course is designed to develop writing skills by exploring the development of the idea of humanism from its pre-Greek form in the Ancient Near East to the present day. Students will become familiar with the central works of humanistic literature and art from each period, as well as the evolution of the concept of “human rights.” By the end of the course, students will be able to express in lucid English prose how the concept of humanism arose, how it has evolved, and the way in which it continues to shape and define Western Civilization through the humanities. The course will be taught by Dr. Kathryn Stoddard, Undergraduate Director in PIH.

Interdisciplinary Humanities

The Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities (PIH) promotes the humanities from an interdisciplinary perspective by offering courses and curricula that answer questions humanists have long asked -- questions about what artifacts and texts mean and how artifacts and texts function for the communities that use them. With over 400 majors and minors, PIH allows students to chart a unique course which combines multiple areas of interest and specialization. Through courses like “The Art of Being Human” (Hum 2020) and “Intercultural Film”, undergraduates from all majors and disciplines come together to study art and culture from the distant past to the present.