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What are the "digital humanities"?

What counts as the digital humanities?  For some, the digital humanities are simply scholarly or pedagogical activities within the traditional humanities disciplines undertaken with digital tools. For others, the digital humanities involve a reconfiguration of traditional humanist activities, with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and participation beyond specialist audiences. Digital humanities practices can include:

  • The creation of digital editions, archives, maps, visualizations and exhibitions, often through collaboration between faculty, students, librarians, technologists and others.
  • The use, analysis and/or creation of digital tools in the classroom.
  • The study of the history and culture of new media, social media, human-computer interaction and cultural informatics--sometimes in alignment with the history of the book, the history of technology, film studies and material culture studies.
  • The study of humanities questions at large scale via computer-aided analytic methods.
  • The reinvention of traditional forms of scholarly communication.


The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation offers digital course enhancements, provides opportunities for faculty to learn about cutting edge educational innovations, and administers the Tech Fellowship Grant Program.

The Center for Advanced Media Studies offers fellowships to graduate students and sponsors lectures and programs.

The Digital Media Center provides digital resources for students and supports student projects.

The GIS and Data Services department of the library offers training in GIS.

The Roman de la Rose Digital Library is an online library of all manuscripts containing the 13th-century poem Roman de la Rose.