Master of Arts in Digital Studies of Language, Culture, and History

Understand and use cutting-edge digital tools as you expand your knowledge of digital computing as a cultural activity in its own right.

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At a Glance

Master's Confers Alumni Status
1 year Full-time

The MA in Digital Studies is a stepping stone to a number of different careers that require a combination of computing skills and training in the humanities—training that fosters much-needed skills in writing and critical thinking.

Students will be introduced to the use of computer programming and software for representing, exploring, analyzing, and publishing the products of human language and culture. These products range from common speech and writing to historical documents and literary texts, and they encompass music and art as well as everyday objects, places, and institutions. The MA in Digital Studies qualifies as a STEM Designated Degree Program under the regulations of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Graduates of this program will be empowered to facilitate traditional kinds of work, detect patterns that stimulate new insights, and reflect critically on digital computation itself and it's meaning in our culture. Graduates will be eligible for non-academic jobs in software development or software-related marketing, communications, and technical writing; they may pursue doctoral studies in order to apply their computational skills to research and teaching in the humanities; or they may take on an academic support role in digital humanities at a college, university, or cultural institution.

Designed For

Designed for full-time students who have a B.A. in the humanities, arts, or history. This program does not require a background in mathematics or computing, but students with such a background can also benefit, and may be exempted from some courses in order to take additional electives in the humanities.

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Offered by The University of Chicago's Division of the Humanities

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