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DH Certificate @UVa

The University of Virginia has a 25-year history of institutional investment and faculty success in the Digital Humanities. We propose offering a certificate in the Digital Humanities for MA and PhD students as a practical initiative that takes advantage of resources already in place in order to encourage and reward student involvement in the Digital Humanities, with a transcriptable graduate credential.


At the University of Virginia, graduate students have always participated in the practice and theory of Digital Humanities: a DH Certificate will provide them with a way of demonstrating that involvement to employers. Faculty across the disciplines will benefit from increased collaboration and community as they develop ways of teaching interpretive and computational approaches to DH. Moreover, as supervisors of DH research projects that provide practicum experience for students in the certificate program, faculty will attract graduate-level research contributors.


Graduate students (MA and PhD) in Arts and Sciences may enroll in this certificate program with the permission of their departmental advisor and the acceptance of their application by the DH certificate committee.  Graduate students from other schools may enroll with permission from their dean, the approval of their advisors, and acceptance by the certificate committee.  

Proposed Requirements

  •  12 credits total
  • One 3-credit core course on the history and theory of Digital Humanities.  
  • Two 3-credit electives with a significant DH component, either intrinsic to the course or as an instructor-approved project by the student.
  • One 3-credit practicum course, to include DH colloquium attendance, 60 hours of hands-on work in DH, and a portfolio.  

Contact information

Please contact Rennie Mapp, DH certificate project manager,, if you have questions or comments.

Anticipated start date

September 2018

This proposal is not final and will need to go through several more stages of approval