What is Digital Humanities and Social Sciences?

Digital Humanities and Social Sciences is a dynamic and interdisciplinary field of research dedicated to furthering the possibilities of computing for humanities and social sciences subjects including anthropology, art, communication, history, literature, linguistics, philosophy, and political science, among others.

Formerly known as Humanities Computing, the field traces its origins to 1949, when scholars first used databases to study texts. While such analysis remains important, today DHSS scholars employ many other tools and techniques in their academic inquiry and public dissemination of research, including 3D design visualization, geospatial technology, and electronic literature. DHSS also fosters critical analysis of digital culture, social media, and digital games. Team-based projects and public engagement are DHSS hallmarks.

Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS) at RIT

DHSS brings together faculty from three colleges and eight units for collaborative teaching and research. Our projects reside at the intersection of computing and design with humanities and social science. Through the development and application of new technologies, we are transforming scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Our undergraduate program in DHSS, one of the first of its kind in the nation, is uniquely interdisciplinary: students take coursework in the College of Liberal Arts, the Golisano College of Computing, and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. RIT DHSS students learn to understand the historical and cultural contexts for, and to think critically about, new technologies. Our partnerships with the Wallace Center, The Cary Graphic Arts Collection, and The RIT Press, as well as the Library Company of Philadelphia and Malmö University in Sweden, provide distinctive opportunities for imagination and application.

To get a sense of the work you could do at RIT, see our Projects and Faculty Spotlight  pages.

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