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Digital Humanities and Social Sciences BS degree

Tamar W. Carroll, Director
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Program overview

The digital humanities and social sciences major 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. 

The major is a collaborative degree program. Students receive a strong foundation in critical thinking, cultural awareness, and communication in the College of Liberal Arts. This major offers a traditional liberal education, which is given new impact through engagement with digital technology. Course work combines humanities and social science with computational and design curriculum from the colleges of Computing and Information Science and Imaging Arts and Sciences in areas such as human computer interaction, database management, geographic information technologies, and interactivity in new media.

Plan of study

The digital humanities and social sciences major combines information science and technologies with the liberal arts to provide students with the integrative literacies increasingly necessary for careers in cultural institutions, government, educational institutions, and technology firms. Students achieve both broad knowledge in digital humanities and social sciences and a specialization in an area of interest through their studies. Students benefit from experiential learning with opportunities for cooperative education or an ternship, team project-based lab courses, and a capstone project. Students are encouraged to study abroad or pursue an international co-op in order to enhance their studies.

Experiential education

Students are required to complete at least one cooperative education or internship experience. Students may complete this requirement during any summer following the second year, however, the requirement must be completed before the final year. The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education assists students in identifying and applying to co-op and internship positions.

Capstone experience

Students are required to complete a capstone experience.


Digital humanities and social sciences, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISTE-140 Web and Mobile I 3
ISTE-120 Computational Problem Solving 4
DHSS-101 Computation and Culture 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
DHSS-102 Industrial Origins of the Digital Age 3
  First Year Writing Seminar 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
NMDE-111, 112 New Media Design Digital Survey I, II 6
ISTE-240 Web and Mobile II 3
DHSS-103 Ethics anmd Emerging Digital Scholarship 3
ISTE-230 Introduction to Database and Data Modeling 3
  LAS Perspective 5†, 7B 6
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7A: Introduction to Statistics 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
  DHSS Professional Electives 6
ISTE-382 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 3
ENGL-xxx Media Narrative (WI) 3
  LAS Electives 6
  LAS Perspective 6 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  DHSS Project Courses 6
Fourth Year
  DHSS Professional Electives 9
  LAS Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
DHSS-489, 490 Capstone I, II 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 121

Please see New General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor’s degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3- or 4-credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, the student must take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement.