Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies

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The Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies is a degree-affiliated certificate for credit that will be noted on the students academic transcript. The certificate must be pursued in conjunction with a graduate degree program. Coursework completed to earn the certificate may be counted toward degree requirements. All graduate students at the University of Chicago are eligible to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies.

If you are taking courses with an eye to obtaining this certificate or are planning to do so, please inform the Digital Studies program staff at digitalstudies@uchicago.edu so we can add you to our mailing list and keep track of your progress.

Requirements

In order to earn the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies, students must take four courses and give a presentation of their digitally informed research in the Digital Humanities Forum or in a University of Chicago workshop or a University-sponsored conference. Courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must attain a grade of B- or better in all certificate coursework.

1. One course on computer programming: DIGS 30001, “Introduction to Computer Programming,” which is offered annually in the Spring Quarter. This course, or an equivalent course in computer programming with Python, is a prerequisite for several other Digital Studies courses (DIGS 30002, 30004, 30005, and 30006).

  • Students who have previously taken a programming course other than DIGS 30001 must obtain approval from the Director of Digital Studies to use it in lieu of DIGS 30001. In that case, they must take an additional course from the series DIGS 30004-30005-30006-30007 described under item 4 below. 
  • An intensive 4-week version of “Introduction to Computer Programming” is offered annually in September, immediately preceding the Autumn Quarter. The intensive September course requires full-time effort and is intended primarily for incoming students in the one-year MA program in Digital Studies, who enroll using the DIGS 30000 non-credit course code. Graduate students in other programs may request permission from the Director of Digital Studies to take “Introduction to Computer Programming” in September rather than in the Spring and may be allowed to do so, space permitting, in which case they will enroll for credit using the DIGS 30001 course code.

2. One course on data analysis: DIGS 30002, “Data Analysis for the Humanities I,” which is offered annually in the Autumn Quarter. DIGS 30002 has as a prerequisite DIGS 30001 or an equivalent introduction to computer programming. This course, or an equivalent course in statistics, is a prerequisite for DIGS 30004 and 30006.

  • Students who have previously taken a statistics course other than DIGS 30002 must obtain approval from the Director of Digital Studies to use it in lieu of DIGS 30002. In that case, they must take an additional course from the series DIGS 30004-30005-30006-30007 described under item 4 below.

3. One course on data management: DIGS 30003, “Data Management for the Humanities,” which is offered annually in the Autumn Quarter.

4. One of the following four courses:

  • DIGS 30004, “Data Analysis for the Humanities II” (Winter)
  • DIGS 30005, “Data Publication for the Humanities” (Winter)
  • DIGS 30006, “Natural Language Processing” (Spring)
  • DIGS 30007, “Introduction to Digital Humanities” (Autumn)

Note that DIGS 30004, 30005, and 30006 (but not DIGS 30007) have as a prerequisite DIGS 30001 or an equivalent introduction to computer programming, and DIGS 30004 and 30006 also require DIGS 30002 or an equivalent introduction to statistics.

Students who have previously taken a course in computer programming that is accepted in lieu of DIGS 30001 or a course in statistics that is accepted in lieu of DIGS 30002 must take DIGS 30007 and one of DIGS 30004-30005-30006, as well as DIGS 30003 and either DIGS 30001 or 30002, depending on which one was waived. Students who have previously taken courses in both programming and statistics must take DIGS 30007 and two of DIGS 30004-30005-30006, as well as DIGS 30003.

Presentation Requirement

In addition to completing the four courses specified above, students who wish to receive the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies must also present their digitally informed research in the Digital Humanities Forum or in a University workshop or a University-sponsored conference. This research may be related to a course paper or to the student’s thesis or dissertation work.

The presentation must be observed by a member of the Digital Studies faculty board or by the Director or Associate Director of Digital Studies in order for the student to receive credit for it. The student must inform the Director of Digital Studies concerning the date, time, location, and title of the presentation at least three weeks in advance so that this can be arranged. 

Certificate Documentation

After a student has successfully completed all the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies, the Director of Digital Studies will communicate this fact to the Registrar and to the relevant Dean of Students and it will be noted on the students academic transcript.

For more information, contact digitalstudies@uchicago.edu.

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