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Digital Humanities Institute

Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities

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The use of digital tools in higher education and in community-based research projects has experienced significant growth in the last few years. While institutions such as libraries, museums, and community-based service organizations have looked to digital humanities professionals to enhance patron experiences, newer technologies have invited new partnerships between corporations, non-profits, and community schools. As these new technologies continue to grow, there is a need for trained professionals in this sector to prepare to assume development and management responsibilities. 

The Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Humanities at the University of North Florida is intended to equip members or aspiring members of the Digital Humanities Community in the northeast Florida region with relevant development and management skills. The certificate is also intended to benefit students in other graduate programs who desire to enhance their professional opportunities through acquiring skills in the digital humanities. 

Courses for DH Certificate 

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities is composed of 4 courses and consists of 12 credit hours that provide participants with detailed knowledge and skills in the digital humanities. Students are not required to be admitted into any other graduate program to earn the certificate. However, students enrolled in any UNF graduate program can earn the certificate by taking any four of the eligible courses. The graduate courses included in the digital humanities certificate program can be applied toward degree credit in the UNF Master of English degree program, the UNF Master of Computer Science program, the UNF Master of Communication Program, and the UNF Master of History Program.

  • COP6284 Programming for Data Science
    This course gives a broad overview of programming concepts for the data science field as well as a broad overview of the various aspects of data science process, methods, and techniques Students will gain an understanding on the data science lifecycle processes, and techniques and methods used for carrying out life cycle activities. Students will learn how to manage and extract data from relational databases using SQL, how to write in programs in Python to conduct data science, and how to analyze data using R. This course provides a programming primer for working with and analyzing data. Students will be familiarized with essential programming tools used by practicing data scientists.
  • DIG5944 Digital Humanities Internship

    This course will offer students the opportunity to apply for work positions that offer them experience in skills directly related to the department's course offerings in digital media.

    Repeatability: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

  • DIG6585 Directed Independent Study

    This course will offer students the opportunity to focus on research directly related to the department's course offerings in digital media.

  • ENC5935 Special Topics in Composition and Rhetoric
    This course will present selected topics in Composition and Rhetoric. Subjects will vary according to the instructor.
  • FIL5377 Advanced Documentary Production
    Advanced students work in teams to produce a digitally-filmed/recorded documentary. Studying documentary styles informs students in the decisions they will make in the planning, scripting, shooting, recording, editing, and exhibition of their (often community-based) documentary. Documentary is understood through its cinematic, artistic, and political contexts (as distinct from television and news broadcast).
  • HIS5067 Public History
    Theory and methods of history in non-academic settings, with practical interactions with professionals and institutions such as museums, monuments, archives, parks, and government. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated with approval of the Graduate Program Director. Please Note: Fully Online Program students may not enroll in this class section.
  • LIT5934 Topics in Literature

    This course studies a variable range of literary topics. 

    May be repeated for 12 credits under different topics.

  • MMC5738 Strategic Social Media
    This course prepares students with industry-standard skills and techniques to utilize a variety of new and social media platforms for organizational purposes. Exploring professional uses of social media across a variety of industries, students examine the strategy and outcomes associated with digital content management, campaign planning, consumer engagement and interaction, social listening, online brand and reputation management, ethics and governance. Using historical milestones, case studies, emerging theories, and best practices students come to recognize and understand the innovative and ever-evolving nature of the contemporary new media landscape in applied and pragmatic contexts.
  • MMC5267 Current Issues in Emerging Media
    As the way we communicate and consume media has changed, so have the principles of the media industry. Emerging media offers a variety of ways to deliver messages such as blogs, wikis, social media, new formats of ads such as display ads, video ads, search engines, etc. This course is designed 1) to provide students with a good understanding of various new communication technologies and how they are incorporated into the online communication process. In addition to communication implications, this course provides the critical perspective of new media technologies. Availability: One semester per year.
  • MMC6730 Social Media Management
    This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of social media and how they are incorporated into the online marketing communication process. This course also provides students with opportunities to apply tools and technologies in creation and dissemination of messages via social media.