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Digital Humanities and Social Sciences bachelor of science degree

Jessica Lieberman, Director

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 literacy 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 internship, 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
DHSS-102 Industrial Origins of the Digital Age 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  First Year Writing 3
  LAS Elective 3
  Wellness Education* 0
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
Second Year
NMDE-111 New Media Design Digital Survey I 3
NMDE-112 New Media Design Digital Survey II 3
ISTE-240 Web and Mobile II 3
DHSS-103 Ethics and the Digital Age 3
ISTE-230 Introduction to Database and Data Modeling 3
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics 3
  LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry) 4
  LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical) 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Wellness Education 0
  Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISTE-382 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 3
DHSS-377 Media Narrative (WI) 3
  DHSS Professional Electives 6
  LAS Electives 6
  LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles) 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  DHSS Project Courses 6
Fourth Year
DHSS-489 Capstone I 3
DHSS-490 Capstone II 3
  DHSS Professional Electives 9
  LAS Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see 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 different Wellness courses.

Digital humanities and social sciences electives

COMM-223 Digital Design in Communication
COMM-263 Computer-Assisted Reporting
COMM-343 Technology-Mediated Communication
COMM-356 Critical Practice in Social Media
COMM-357 Communications, Gender, and Media
COMM-461 Multiplatform Journalism
CRIM-290 Computer Crime
DHSS-488 Special Topics 
ENGL-215 Text and Code
ENGL-315 Digital Literature
ENGL-351 Language Technology
ENGL-373 Media Adaptation
ENGL-374 Games and Literature
ENGL-375 Storytelling Across Media
ENGL-389 Digital Creative Writing Workshop
ENGL-450 Free and Open Source Culture
ENGL-581 Introduction to Natural Language Processing
HIST-324 Oral History
HIST-326 Digital History
HIST-480 Global Information Age
MUSE-225 Museums and the Digital Age
MUSE-359 Cultural Informatics
MUSE-360 Visitor Engagement and Museum Technology
PHIL-307 Philosophy of Technology
PHIL-314 Philosophy of Vision and Imaging
STSO-441 Cyborg Theory: (Re)thinking the Human Experience in the 21st Century

Project courses

ENGL-386 World-Building Workshop
ENGL-422 Maps, Spaces, and Places
ENGL-543 Game-based Fiction Workshop
IGME-580 IGM Production Studio
IGME-581 Innovation and Invention
MUSE-354 Exhibition Design
NMDE-201 New Media Design Elements II
NMDE-203 New Media Design Interactive II
NMDE-302 New Media Design Graphical User Interface

Admission requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • Strong performance in English and social studies is expected

1150 -1350

ACT Composite

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Liberal arts courses and basic information technology or computer science course work

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Liberal arts with web development courses, and some information technology or computer science course work