Undergraduate Minor



MSU offers a Minor in Digital Humanities for students from all majors.  The Minor, housed in the College of Arts and Letters, provides a solid foundation and credential for communicating both digital skills and a critical eye of technology. In the Digital Humanities Minor, we invite you to EXPLORE, RESEARCH, ANALYZE, AND CRITIQUE the ways in which digital tools, technologies, and spaces have transformed work in the humanities. CREATE, DESIGN, MASH, MIX, AND PRODUCE using digital tools, technologies, and spaces. Become equipped to:

  • discuss the complexity and social and political context of technologies
  • be a thoughtful and critical user of digital tools and spaces
  • be an adept selector of the technology and tool to suit the work at hand
  • create multimodal, multimedia work


  • DH 285: Introduction to the Digital Humanities (offered every fall) [3 credits]
  • DH 340 Digital Humanities Seminar (offered every spring) [3 credits]
  • 2-3 elective courses with a Digital Humanities focus [6-9 credits]
    • These courses can come from any department and include significant digital work. All elective classes must be approved by the Digital Humanities undergraduate advisor to count toward the Minor. Below is a list of courses that have counted in the past toward the Minor or are potential options. This list is not comprehensive, and it will change over time as course offerings across departments evolve.
    • It is important to note that many College of Arts and Letters courses, as well as courses from other colleges, may count toward the Digital Humanities Minor. If the student can make the case that the course incorporates digital methods and approaches to humanities problems, and the DH undergraduate advisor approves, then the course may count toward the Minor. Contact Kristen Mapes (kmapes@msu.edu) with questions and for further information.
      • DH 491 – Culture: Digital and Physical (Moll) – Summer 2019
      • DH 491 – Data and the Humanities (Pue) – Spring 2019
      • DH 491 – Digital Culture (Potts) – Spring 2019
      • ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Radonic)
      • ANP 432 Native American Women (Howard)
      • ANP 455 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (Watrall)
      • ENG 458 Victorian Race (Aslami) – Spring 2018
      • ENG 478B Literature and Visual Culture (Larabee) – Spring 2016
      • ENG 473A/LB 473A Literature and Medicine (Rachman) – Fall 2015
      • ENG 481 Mapping New Narrative (McCallum) – Fall 2016
      • HA 209 Ancient Art (Frey/McMichael) – Spring 2017
      • HST 251 Doing Digital History (Locke & Rehberger) – Spring 2017
      • HST 255 American Cinema & American Century (Pescador)
      • IAH 241E – Creative Arts and Humanities: Art, Technology, and Politics (Moll) – Summer 2019
      • ISS 310 Eating Industrial (Veit) – Spring 2016
      • LB 332 Technology and Culture (Record) – Fall 2016 ; Spring 2017 [Sect 001 or Sect 003H, Taking Control of Technology]
      • LB 336 Gender, Sexuality, Science, and Technology (Montgomery) Fall 2015
      • MUS 442-4 Real Time Systems (Goeringer) – Fall 2016
      • PHL 355/LB 355 Philosophy of Technology (Gifford) – Spring 2017
      • LB 336 Gender, Sexuality, Science, and Technology (Montgomery) Fall 2015
      • REL 291 Special Topics in Religion (Popular Culture, Religion, and Digital Humanities) (Smiley) – Spring 2016
      • STA 191 – Special Topics in Art and Design, Section 731 Transmission Arts: Radio Art, Audio Walks and Podcasts (Goeringer) – Summer 2016
      • STA 191 – Special Topics in Art and Design, Section 733 Self Representation in the Digital Age (Blesing) – Summer 2017
      • STA 303 Design Thinking – taught every fall & spring
      • STA 385 Digital Design and Fabrication (Brown) – Spring 2017
      • WRA 210 Introduction to Web Authoring – taught every fall & spring
      • WRA 360 Visual Rhetoric – taught every fall & spring
      • WRA 410 Advanced Web Authoring – taught every fall & spring
      • WRA 415 Digital Rhetoric – taught every fall & spring
      • WRA 491-003 Indigenous Digital Expression (La Pensee) – Spring 2017
      • WRA 453 Grant and Proposal Writing (Meier) – Fall 2016
  • Experiential capstone
    • Students in the Digital Humanities Minor are required to fulfill an experiential learning component.
    • Students are encouraged to fulfill this requirement through an internship that focuses on a digital project or bringing digital methods to a work environment. Internships in libraries, museums, and archives, inside of and outside of MSU are encouraged. Internships in the Digital Scholarship Lab, Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab, participation in the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative Field School, or work on a digital humanities project from across MSU’s units are encouraged.
    • Independent study that focuses on developing a digital project led by the student is another option for fulfilling the experiential requirement.
    • The capstone course for some Majors may fulfill this requirement. Check with the Digital Humanities undergraduate advisor to see if your capstone will qualify.

For further information, contact the Undergraduate Advisor for Digital Humanities, Kristen Mapes, kmapes@msu.edu. Students are also strongly encouraged to become involved in the digital humanities community at MSU. Attendance at workshops, reading groups, LOCUS talks, and other digital humanities speakers are easy ways to become involved. For information about these opportunities, check the Digital Humanities calendar under the Events tab. On Twitter, follow the #msudh hashtag for further updates.