In the digital humanities program concentration, students learn how age-old inquiries into culture, meaning, and value meet cutting-edge digital technologies and methods.

The concentration addresses the range of issues involved in digital humanities, from digitizing primary sources and creating content systems to analyzing data and exploring new platforms for research and publication.

By the end of the concentration, students are able bring skills in digitization, preservation, metadata, analysis, and technology into academic settings to support faculty and institutional teaching and research. They are also prepared to serve as thought leaders at cultural heritage institutions in the area of digital scholarship and public programming.

Program of Study

12 credits (four 3-credit courses)

Students take one core course and three other courses, one each in the areas of Content and Preservation, Analysis and Visualization, and Platforms and Users.

Digital Humanities (required)*

LIS 657 Digital Humanities

*can be taken at any time during the concentration

Content and Preservation (choose one)

LIS 636 Rare Books
LIS 638 Digital Preservation & Curation
LIS 645 Management of Digital Content
LIS 665 Projects in Digital Archives
LIS 663 Metadata: Description & Access
LIS 670 Cultural Heritage Description & Access
LIS 697 Projects in Moving Image & Sound Archiving

Analysis and Visualization (choose one)

LIS 630 Research Methods
LIS 658 Information Visualization

Platforms and Users (choose one)

LIS 6XX Digital Scholarship
LIS 631 Academic Libraries and Scholarly Communication
LIS 637 Web Design Production
LIS 643 Information Architecture & Interaction Design
LIS 644 Usability Theory and Practice
LIS 664 Programming for Cultural Heritage
LIS 680 Instructional Technologies
LIS 681 Community Building & Engagement
LIS 6XX E-Publishing
LIS 693 Digital Libraries

NOTE: Other special topics courses (LIS 697) may fulfill concentration requirements in the areas above. Please contact the program coordinator (below) with any questions.

Recent Student Projects

  • Arsenal Project (Anshuman Duneja) This tool intends to enhance the way academics contribute to digital scholarly discussions and visualize an authority system for authors, contributors and publications (
  • “Distance Reading” in Visual Studies (Matt Miller) Distance Reading is a way of seeing a corpus of work in a new light. By aggregating large amounts of data we can find new patterns and connections informing and expanding our close reading interpretations. Text analysis is now commonplace in textual studies yet distance reading is not a common occurrence the fields of visual studies. This tool uses computer vision to trace similarities in visual emblems (
  • Runaway Quilt Project (Deimosa Webber-Bey) This project uses digital humanities tools to explore the plethora of data that exists regarding quilting during the era of slavery, looking for interesting trends and correlations (
  • Streets of the Beats (Laurie Alvandian and Abby Rubin) An interactive map that traces the homes and hangouts of famed beat-generation literaries Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso (


Prof. Chris Alen Sula, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Digital Humanities