Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies is a degree-affiliated certificate for credit. It affords students foundational knowledge in digital studies, with a special focus on understanding and using digital tools for humanistic research. The certificate must be pursued in conjunction with a graduate degree program, and coursework completed as part of the certificate program may also be counted toward degree requirements. All graduate students at the University are eligible to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies.  

Course Sequence

The certificate requires four courses and a presentation of the student’s digitally informed research in the Digital Humanities Forum or appropriate University workshop.

Three required courses:

  • DIGS 30001 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • DIGS 30002 Basic Mathematics and Statistics for Digital Studies
  • DIGS 30003 Data Management for Linguistic, Cultural, and Historical Research

and one of the following:

  • DIGS 30004 Data Analysis for Linguistic, Cultural, and Historical Research
  • DIGS 30005 Data Publication for Linguistic, Cultural, and Historical Research
  • DIGS 30006 Natural Language Processing

Students may substitute another course in the DIGS 30004-30005-30006 triad in place of DIGS 30001 if they have previously taken a suitable programming course. Likewise, students may substitute another course in the DIGS 30004-30005-30006 triad in place of DIGS 30002 if they have previously taken a suitable statistics course. Such substitutions are subject to approval by the faculty director of Digital Studies.

Courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must attain a grade of B- or better in all certificate coursework. (Graduate students may of course take any DIGS course for pass/fail credit with the instructor's consent, but P/F grades will not count towards completion of the certificate.)

Presentation Requirement

Students must make a digital project research presentation in the Digital Humanities Forum or another suitable University workshop venue. This research may relate to a course paper or to the student’s thesis or dissertation work. Students should report their presentation information to the Digital Studies Program Administrator.

Certificate Documentation

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies will receive a transcript notation and certificate of completion. The Digital Studies Program Administrator will communicate student completion to the Registrar and relevant Dean of Students.

For more information, contact digitalstudies@uchicago.edu.