The Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate at Michigan State University is open to matriculated graduate students at MSU. It is not available as a stand alone graduate program.


Digital Humanities is a broad term that encompasses both the use of computational methodologies in studying the traditional materials of the humanities — language, literature, history, archaeology, art, and so on — as well as the use of more traditional humanistic methods in studying the materials, the processes, and the results of digital technologies. DH is both critical and hands-on, invested in both the innovative use of and the careful study of the technologies that increasingly mediate human cultures.

Including the Certificate in Digital Humanities in your graduate study at MSU will:

  • Make space for experimentation and learning new technologies and skills
  • Connect you with interdisciplinary scholars from around campus doing socially-engaged, innovative research & teaching
  • Extend your methodological options when engaging in your own research and teaching by exposing you to new approaches
  • Challenge you to think about the academy and its role in the digital world in new ways

Aims and Goals

In the certificate experience, students will learn both how the digital humanities can help them to do the traditional work in their fields more effectively and efficiently, and how it can open up new transformative avenues of research and pedagogy that may help them to re-envision what it means to do research and teaching in the humanities. Students will examine both theory and practice, engaging in critical discussion as well as production. Through active engagement, research, and building, students will learn how to conceptualize digital tools and techniques. While general familiarity with modern web technologies is suggested, no prior programming or web development knowledge is required. Important to the program is flexibility for students to follow interests related to their specific fields, while also giving them a broad knowledge of the possibilities involved in digital humanities work.

Components of the Certificate

The certificate has three required components (for a total of 9 credits), culminating in a portfolio.

DH865 / HST812 (3cr.) – Digital Humanities Seminar (Taught each Spring semester)

This seminar course provides an overview for digital humanities conversations, theory, history, and practices. Students will chart conversations in DH in tandem with experimenting with a range of DH methodologies, theories, and tools.

Digital Humanities Pedagogy

Students may fulfill the pedagogical component of the certificate with a teaching-related course to which the student will bring a Digital Humanities emphasis. AL881: Teaching with Technology, AL861: Digital Humanities Pedagogy, or AL891: Topic: Practicum in Blended and Online Learning may fulfill this requirement. A specific, focused, supervised pedagogy project may also fulfill this requirement, with approval from the Associate Dean of Graduate Education for CAL.

Digital Humanities Research Experience

To complete the certificate, students must engage in a DH-related project. This may also be fulfilled by participating in a Digital Humanities project with MATRIX, WIDE, DHLC, or by completion of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool or Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellows Program.

Apply to Join the Certificate

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To join the Digital Humanities Certificate, complete this form here.

Complete Your Portfolio

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At the end of the Certificate, you will complete a Portfolio. Explore the portfolio form at any time to learn about the requirements of the program.

Find Out More

For more information about the certificate, course offerings, and/or sequencing the courses into an MA or PhD program, please contact: Kristen Mapes, Assistant Director of Digital Humanities, or Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities,