University Catalog 2024-2025

Digital Humanities (Certificate)

The Certificate in Digital Humanities is a designed for students from any discipline to construct a curriculum in digital humanities training and project work. The certificate is currently coordinated in the English department with participation across CHASS and other colleges.

The Graduate Certificate consists of a student-proposed curriculum of four 3-credit courses which must collectively satisfy the program’s three requirements: contexts, training, and applications. In consultation with the coordinator, students can propose their own tracks through the certificate drawing from a broad array of approved courses at NC State as well as at UNC and Duke, as part of the Triangle Digital Humanities Network. Rather than insisting on a prescriptive definition and preset curriculum for “digital humanities,” this certificate program encourages students to adapt course offerings in digital humanities or digital media to their own evolving research and professional interests in any variety of fields.

More Information

Digital Humanities Program Website

To qualify for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, students must be enrolled in, or have completed, a Master’s or PhD program at an accredited university. Applicants can be either non-degree or degree students. Degree students must have at the time of application a 3.00 grade point average in their graduate degree program. Non-degree students must have a final grade point average that is at least 3.00.

Current degree students in English or CRDM may include no more than six (6) credits from the Certificate program in their degree program. Current degree students in History can apply up to nine (9) towards a doctorate. Students seeking the certificate from other programs must consult with those graduate coordinators to confirm allowed credits toward degree. The certificate will accept up to three hours of transfer credit from courses included in the curriculum. All GCP requirements must be completed within three (3) calendar years beginning on the date the student commences applicable courses.

Applicant Information

  • Delivery Method: On Campus
  • Entrance Exam: None
  • Interview Required: None

Application Deadlines

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities accepts applications on a rolling deadline. Applicants can submit until the first day of classes for the semester they hope to begin. Applications for the certificate will be vetted by a cross-disciplinary group of faculty affiliated with the program.

Plan Requirements

Required Courses12
Select 12 credit hours of electives: 1
Verbal Data Analysis 1
Online Information Design and Evaluation
Studies In Rhetoric and Writing
Studies In Linguistics
Interdisciplinary Studies in English
Rhetoric and Digital Media
Theory and Practice of Digital History
Spatial History
Independent Study
Gaming and Social Networks
Mobile Media and Communication
Special Topics In Communication (Internet and Society)
Creative Technology Studio I 2
Digital Modeling
Graduate Art + Design Laboratory
Graduate Studio II: Exploring the HyperReal: Materiality, Reality and Speculation 3
Introduction to Learning Design and Technology
Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning
Video for Teaching and Learning
Developing and Delivering Online Instruction
Cultural Investigations and Technical Representations in Education
Design and Evaluation Of Instructional Materials
New Literacies & Media
ECI 717
Total Hours12

Additional courses available at UNC Chapel Hill


Prerequisites in the College of Design: ADN 419 Creative Technology Studio I requires D105 and ADN 219 Digital Imaging I


Prerequisites in the College of Design: ADN 561 Graduate Studio II: Exploring the HyperReal: Materiality, Reality and Speculation requires ADN 460 Creative Technology Studio II and ADN 419 Creative Technology Studio I.


Prerequisite: ECI 511 Introduction to Learning Design and Technology, ECI 514 Developing and Delivering Online Instruction