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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities (DH) offers graduate students the opportunity to study from an interdisciplinary perspective and add a technological component to their research. This interdisciplinary curriculum at the intersection of digital technologies and the humanities trains students in the theory and practice of Digital Humanities, including (but not limited to) digital archives, text mining and visualization, and image analysis. In an increasingly straitened job market, the DH certificate will allow students to gain a wide variety of methodological skills and perspectives that will improve their chances for the academic and non-academic employment.

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Graduate Certificate Type


Admissions Standards/Procedures

Application to the Digital Humanities graduate certificate must be made through the Office of Graduate Admissions and by submitting a letter of application and copies of relevant transcripts to the DH program chair. The DH certificate is intended as additional study for graduate students who are concurrently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in another discipline at the University of Tennessee.

Students are generally admitted to the program prior to completing six graduate credit hours toward the certificate but may be admitted after having completed up to nine graduate credit hours, excepting requirement III, below. Students will select their graduate coursework in conjunction with the DH program chair, Dr. Hilary Havens (hhavens1@utk.edu) who must approve each student’s curriculum.

Academic Standards

Students must maintain a minimum 3.00 graduate grade point average throughout the program.

Credit Hours Required

12 graduate credit hours

The DH Graduate Certificate consists of a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours in interdisciplinary coursework outlined as follows.

  • A maximum of nine graduate credit hours can overlap between the DH certificate and the student’s home discipline, as approved by the DH program chair.
  • At least six credit hours toward the DH Graduate Certificate must be taken at the 500-level or above.
  • Students should work with individual instructors to define course projects as Digital Humanities projects that can be showcased in their Certificate Portfolio. As part of the non-course requirement, students will assemble and submit a portfolio in ENGL 593  (or the equivalent) for evaluation to a faculty review committee consisting of the DH program chair and one faculty member assigned by the program chair. The portfolio will include the student’s final Digital Humanities Project, which will serve as the centerpiece for the portfolio, and will also showcase work in each class they have taken toward the DH Certificate.

Required Courses

ENGL 595   (3 credit hours)

Six (6) credit hours chosen from:

Special topics courses as approved by the DH program chair:

ENGL 593  or an additional 3 graduate credit hour course – either an independent study or a non-designated DH class – for which students will complete an independent DH project and compile their Certificate Portfolio, intended to be a tool for job-seeking purposes.

Note: courses that may fulfill a DH requirement have been submitted by faculty and include the above. Due to possible changes in course staffing and variable topics, it is recommended that students confirm program approval of courses in advance with the DH chair, Dr. Hilary Havens (hhavens1@utk.edu).

Only 400-level courses listed in the Graduate Catalog may be taken for graduate credit and be applied toward the certificate.

Non-Course Requirements

To receive the certificate, students must
1) complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (located on the Graduate School webpage under the Forms Central tab) and
2) through MyUTK, apply to graduate from the certificate program.