[Humanist] 25.853 new track, MA in Liberal Studies, CUNY Graduate Center

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Mar 27 07:32:44 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 853.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 01:18:11 -0400
        From: "Matthew K. Gold" <mattgold at gmail.com>
        Subject: New degree program: Digital Humanities track in the M.A. in LiberalStudies Program, CUNY Graduate Center (NYC)

MALS Track in Digital Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center

The digital humanities is an emerging field of scholarly endeavor that has
come into prominence in recent years. Defined broadly as the application of
digital technologies to humanities scholarship and teaching, the digital
humanities involves a range of approaches that include algorithmic literary
criticism, new models of “distant reading,” the use of network theory to
examine historical events, the digital encoding and analysis of archival
manuscripts, the incorporation of geospatial data into scholarly projects,
the uses of social media and networked platforms to enhance classroom
instruction, among others. The field, as a whole, explores the ways in
which traditional scholarly activities are being reshaped by the new
methodologies made possible through data-driven inquiry.

The two core courses in the DH track introduce students to broad trends in
DH scholarship and give them practical experience in using DH methods and
tools. This mix of theoretically informed analysis with hands-on practice
reflects the popular sentiment that DH is, at least in part, about
building. After taking the two core courses in the track and the
introductory MALS course, students will be able to pursue deeper knowledge
through doctoral courses in a particular humanities discipline. In their
thesis projects, students will take advantage of this mix of specialized
discipline-specific knowledge and research methodologies to create projects
that will be of value to the larger digital humanities community.

The MALS track in digital humanities builds upon already-existing digital
humanities projects at the CUNY Graduate Center, including the CUNY Digital
Humanities Initiative, the CUNY Academic Commons, the Interactive
Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, the New Media Lab, and the
American Social History Project. By allowing MALS students to explore both
digital humanities methodologies and to apply those methodologies to a
humanities field of their choosing, the track enables graduates to apply
for a broad range of jobs upon graduation.

For more information, please visit our website:

Matthew K. Gold, Ph.D.
Advisor to the Provost for Master's Programs & Digital Initiatives, CUNY
Graduate Center
Assistant Professor of English, City Tech | Interactive Technology &
Pedagogy Program, CUNY Graduate Center
Director, CUNY Academic Commons | mkgold.net | @mkgold

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