Bachelor of Science in Digital Humanities (DHUM)

Digital humanities is the interdisciplinary study of traditional humanities subjects and concerns using digital technologies. The Bachelor of Science in Digital Humanities (DHUM) offers students a unique opportunity to combine humanistic inquiry in areas such as communication, history, language and linguistics, literature, and philosophy with a sophisticated skill set that is readily applicable to professional fields. Students majoring in digital humanities complete required courses that include training in research and writing skills as well as web and interactive design. Additionally, all students choose a traditional humanities specialization in history, literature, or philosophy; an interdisciplinary specialization; and a minor concentration. This enables them to develop deeper topical knowledge while pursuing the subjects they find most interesting. The digital humanities curriculum cultivates critical thinking and communication skills along with a host of technical proficiencies.

Required Courses

Digital Humanities Requirement (20)
HUM 208Digital Culture3
COM 201Digital Writing3
COM 330Standards-Based Web Design3
COM 331Web Application Development3
HIST 355Digital Labor3
HUM 380Topics in Humanities (Digital Humanities Research Methods)3
CS Elective2
Digital Humanities Specialization (15)
Select from the following: Game Studies and Design, Information Architecture, Policy and Ethics, or Science and Technology Studies. See Specializations tab for complete descriptions.15
Traditional Humanities Specialization (9)
Select from the following: Linguistics, History, Literature, or Philosophy. Students may complete topically appropriate independent study courses to fulfill this requirement.9
Minor Requirement (15)
Recommended minors include: Business, Communication, Computer Networking, Database Management, Graphics and CAD (for non-engineers), Entrepreneurship, History, Internet Application Development, Literature, Linguistics, Military Science, Music, Naval Science, Organizational Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Professional and Technical Communication, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, and Urban Studies.15
Capstone Elective (6)
Select 6 credit hours6
Mathematics Requirements (5)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D5
Computer Science Requirements (2)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D2
Natural Science and Engineering Requirements (11)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D11
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Introduction to the Profession (3)
Select 3 credit hours3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Free Electives (13)
Select 13 credit hours13
Total Credit Hours126
 

Bachelor of Science in Digital Humanities (DHUM) Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Introduction to the Profession3COM 2013
HUM 2083CS 1162
MATH 1303Social Sciences Elective3
CS 1152Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 Humanities 200-level Course3
 14 17
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 105
BIOL 109
4Web Application Development (300-level)3
COM 3303Digital Labor: History and Practice (300-level)3
DHUM Research Methods (300-level)3DHUM Specialization Course3
Traditional Humanities Specialization Course3Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3BIOL 114
BIOL 117
4
 16 16
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Science/Engineering Elective (not BIOL)3IPRO Elective I3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3MATH 4253
DHUM Specialization Course3DHUM Specialization Course3
Traditional Humanities Specialization Course3Traditional Humanities Specialization Course3
Humanities Elective (300+)3 
 18 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
DHUM Specialization Course3DHUM Specialization Course3
Capstone Elective I3Capstone Elective II3
Minor Elective3IPRO Elective II3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Humanities Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 126
 

Digital Humanities Specializations and Minors

The digital humanities program incorporates specializations in interdisciplinary subject areas including information architecture, policy and ethics, and science and technology studies. Digital humanities majors complete five courses in one of these areas as part of their degree requirements. These specializations are also available as minors to students in other programs. These specializations provide opportunities for in-depth interdisciplinary study of topical areas. A detailed description for each specialization with a listing of course requirements is included below.

Game Studies and Design

The specialization in game studies and design provides students with theoretical, historical, and applied knowledge in the production and study of games. The specialization is relevant to students interested in pursuing careers in and around the games industry and is also relevant for those interested in careers in experience and interaction design, human computer interaction, and related areas.

GSAD Foundations (9)
HIST 373History of Video Games3
HUM 371Fundamentals of Game Design3
HUM 372Interactive Storytelling3
Technical Proficiency (3)
Select a minimum of one course. Additional courses recommended.3
Data Structures and Algorithms3
Computer Graphics3
Database Organization3
Mobile Applications Development3
Artificial Intelligence Language Understanding3
Theoretical Proficiency (3)
Select a minimum of one course from the following:3
Human Motivation and Emotion3
Learning Theory3
Cognitive Science3
Total Credit Hours15

Information Architecture

The information architecture specialization prepares students with a rich historical, theoretical, and practical foundation in technology and humanities for careers in web design/development, user experience and interface design, and other digital communications careers.

COM 421Technical Communication3
or COM 428 Verbal and Visual Communication
Select two of the following (only one can be a COM 380):6
User Experience Research and Evaluation3
Document Design3
Technical Editing3
Topics in Communication3
Select two of the following (only one can be a COM 380):6
Information Structure and Retrieval3
Knowledge Management3
Publication Management3
Topics in Communication3
 

Policy and Ethics

Students in the policy and ethics specialization study and analyze ethical and policy concerns in a variety of areas such as technology, urban and global development, and media. Policy and ethics is particularly relevant for students with an interest in public policy, nonprofit management, philosophy, law, and related fields.

Philosophy (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Ancient Philosophy3
Origins of Modern Philosophy3
Twentieth Century Philosophy3
Great Philosophers3
Political Philosophy3
Social Philosophy3
Applied Ethics (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Communication Law and Ethics3
Science and Values3
Engineering Ethics3
Ethics in Architecture3
Business Ethics3
Ethics in Computer Science3
Policy Fundamentals (3)
Select one course from the following:3
Politics and Public Policy3
Comparative Public Policy3
Methods of Policy Analysis3
Specialized Policy Courses (6)
Select two courses from the following: 16
Energy and Environmental Policy3
Urban Policy3
International Development3
1

 Additional courses may apply to this area, with adviser approval.

Science and Technology Studies

Science and technology studies teaches students theories of techno-social growth and development through case studies of large technological systems. It trains students to analyze the ways in which technological growth re-engineers social relationships and how social relationships are in turn written into technological systems. Students with an interest in STS will find themselves well placed to thoughtfully and productively engage in a variety of areas that require a deep understanding of the interaction of large-scale technical and social systems. The knowledge and critical thinking skills learned in the STS subdiscipline can be deployed in public policy, journalism, academic or health administration, technical writing, and more. Note: Additional COM 380, HUM 380, and HIST 380 courses may also be approved depending on course content.

STS Foundation (3)
Select one course from the following:3
Science and Technology Studies3
Politics of Science and Technology3
Methods (3)
Select one course from the following:3
Topics in Communication3
Science and Method3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
Intermediate Geographic Information Systems3
STS Topics (6)
Select two courses from the following:6
Mass Media and Society3
Communication Law and Ethics3
History of Video Games3
Disasters!3
History of Computing3
Technology in History: 1850 to Present3
Topics in Humanities3
Philosophy of Science3
Science and Values3
Ethics in Computer Science3
Politics of Science and Technology3
The Triple Helix3
The Social Dimension of Science3