MA in Digital Humanities
The Digital Humanities MA program at Loyola University CTSDH offers training in the practice and critical study of the intersections between the humanities and computational sciences. Our interdisciplinary program offers rigorous hands-on training in digital research projects within a theoretical framework that explores the critical, social, and ethical contexts for thinking about Digital Humanities research and applications.
Our students enter into the MA in DH program from a variety of academic backgrounds, including literary studies, history, library and information science, and computer science. Their goals are both academic and professional. What they have in common is an interest in how the digital creates opportunities to shape and create structures of knowledge and information systems, and an investment in interdisciplinary scholarship. They gain a theoretical understanding of how technology shapes our lived experiences, combined with practical experiences of making and building. Our students move into careers in both the private and academic sector, including education, libraries, archives, museums, and PhD programs.
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The MA is a 30-hour program which may be taken either full-time or part-time. Our program is research- and project-oriented, with students gaining the skills to work on faculty-led projects and develop research projects of their own design. Students work with a range of CTSDH faculty in both their “home” disciplines and other disciplines. Our program has strong links to many of the departments, research areas, and faculty at Loyola University Chicago, including English, History, Public History, Computer Science, Library Services, Communication, Social Work, and University Archives.
Students take six core seminars in addition to 2 electives within the field of their choosing. In a student’s final two semesters she or he will work with faculty members to design and build their own digital research project.
Seminar topics range from an introduction to the methods and methodology of the field, to special topics in public history, project design, research methods, textual criticism, human-computer interface, and markup languages. Courses emphasize both discussion of the theories that shape and define the field of Digital Humanities as well as hands-on project building. Coursework is designed to provide technical skills to humanities students, as well as humanistic scholarly research methods to those with a technical or computer science background.
Our complete curriculum can be found here.
The DH in MA Program is housed in the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities (CTSDH), a multidisciplinary research center in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola. Our faculty come from departments and schools across the university and are leading experts on a range of topics in the field of Digital Humanities and Textual Studies.
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Our students can expect to gain skills and experience in digital textual editing, archiving, publishing, programming, data analysis, and the study of new media. Depending on their research interest and focus, students will explore basic and advanced concepts of coding and markup, XML languages, web structure and interface design, and how to build and manage digital projects.
Applications are rolling; for more information about the program, see our admissions page for more information about how to apply.