Welcome to the class website for DHM 280 – Introduction to Digital Humanities at West Chester University.

Over the course of the last twenty years humanities scholars and artists have pioneered a wide variety of ways to apply digital technology to humanistic research, teaching, and creativity. These methods, which range from the creation of digital archives to the statistical analysis of literary and historical texts to the composition of interactive stories and poems, show how the unique capabilities of digital technology (sometimes called affordances) can intersect with the larger human project of making, sharing, and remembering meaning.

In this class you will survey some of the work done in the digital humanities, experiment with some digital tools, and build a digital project of your own design. Along the way, you’ll gain a better understanding of some of the larger implications of digital technology for the humanities and for society!

This course website is where you can find the class schedule, assignments, class blog. class policies, and other important information. Remember that your grades and other feedback will be returned via D2L.

You may download a printable version of the class syllabus, if you wish. However, you should know that the website version of our assignments, schedule, etc. may be more up to date than the printable version! If the website and printable version disagree, the website is correct. 

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will:

  • Recognize some of the key methods and tools utilized by digital humanists, and understand how these methods and tools help digital humanists achieve scholarly and creative goals
  • Summarize scholarly work in the digital humanities in a form appropriate for a general reader
  • Apply some of the tools and methods of the digital humanities to a research, creative, or teaching project of their own design
  • Compose a multimodal website to house the results of their own digital humanities project
  • Assess the affordances of different digital tools and methods through the process of applying these methods and reflecting on this application