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Digital Humanities Institute

Minor in Digital Humanities

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 a set of scholarly practices and ideas about collaboration that evolved when researchers began using new digital tools to answer old humanities questions and using digital media to bring humanistic materials to broader public audiences. At UNF, the Digital Humanities Institute (DHI) involves 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 Excellence (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 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 the School of Computing and the following departments: Communication; Economics and Geography (including GIS courses); English (including courses related to film); and Languages, Literatures & Cultures. See the program of study in the UNF Undergraduate Catalog, as well as the list of current course offerings that we publish for each semester.
  • Can I count courses I’ve already taken towards the minor?
  • What courses are being offered?
    We publish a list of courses that can counted toward the DH minor for each semester. Please consult the following: Course Lists
  • Can I double-count courses toward this minor?
    Yes, we allow students to double-count an unlimited number of hours toward this minor and another major or minor. For guidance, please contact faculty coordinator Dr. James Beasley.
  • I’m a professor. Can my course count toward the minor in Digital Humanities?
    Yes, provided it meets the criteria stated in our draft Guidelines for Inclusion of Coursework in the UNF Minor in Digital Humanities. [Guidelines for Inclusion of Courses]
  • Whom can I contact for more information?
     Dr. James Beasley, associate professor of English, and co-chair of the DHI Curriculum Committee.