Digital Humanities (Minor)
Digital humanities applies technology to the big questions surrounding the nature of the human condition that have long been the focus of the humanities. This interdisciplinary program embraces perspectives from history, English, archaeology, communication studies and computer science.
In taking courses in the digital humanities, you will learn about the history, ethics, and challenges of our new digital culture and how new technologies are changing our world. You will be exposed to new technologies and work both collaboratively and individually on your own digital projects. Students can also participate in larger-scale digital projects, both within Creighton and as part of our broader digital humanities community.
In studying the digital humanities, you’ll become a proficient user of a wide-range of technologies, including:
- Data visualization
- Web programming
- Historical gaming
- HIS 316: Introduction to Digital Humanities
- HIS 435: Digital Cultures
- CSC 221: Introduction to Programming
- HIS 497: Directed Independent Research (NB: will be replaced by HIS 491: Research in Digital Humanities)
Electives: Two courses (six credit hours) of elective courses from the following:
- CSC 222: Object-Oriented Programming
- CSC 444: Human Computer Interaction
- CSC 551: Web Programming
- ENG/COM 312: Mass Media and Modern Culture
- ENG 315: Technical and Professional Writing
- ENG 382: History and Future of the Book
- ENG 439: Literacy and Technology: How Technology Shapes Cultural Literacy
- ENG 740: Principles of Literary Editing
- GDE 324: Digital Foundations for the Web
- GDE 382: Web Design
- GDE 423: Interaction Design
Eighteen credits of coursework are required to complete a minor. Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses toward the minor.
Public History Internship
The Public History Internship collaborates with historical, cultural, and community organizations in the Omaha Metro area to create opportunities for juniors and seniors in the program to earn history credit while gaining experience in career fields related to American Studies. Recent placements include:
- Creighton University Archives
- Sarpy County Museum
- Durham Museum
- Boys Town Hall of History and the Father Flanagan House
Summer-session internship credit for work at institutions outside the Omaha area can be arranged through mutual agreement with the Public History Internship Program and the proposed internship site.
No previous experience working with digital technologies is required or assumed to be a part of this program, and the only prerequisite is a willingness to learn new skills. However, you must be accepted into a major before declaring a minor. Students declare minors with the minor declaration form online.
History Fellows Program
Thanks to a generous gift from a Creighton alumnus, who was a history major, the department offers two fellowships to incoming freshman history students each year, beginning in fall 2015. The History Fellows Program provides funding, mentoring, and supplemental programming to support undergraduate historical scholarship and career preparation.
Fellows will receive $2,500 per year for up to four years ($10,000 total) for educational expenses. Students will not just study history; they will do it! We seek highly motivated students who have the desire to engage in classroom debate, to explore archives and museums, and to speak with participants in important historical events.