Graduate Certificate

The Digital Humanities and Culture graduate certificate emphasizes the critical analysis and creative production of digital media in a global context. It is available on the WSU Pullman campus as a partnership between the Department of Digital Technology and Culture and the English Department.

The certificate brings together the social, cultural, historical and technical affordances of digital culture through humanistic inquiry and computational frameworks. Fulfilling the requirements of the certificate prepares students for problem solving, outreach and engagement locally and globally. More than learning a specific technology or computing platform, a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities and Culture challenges students to learn how, when, and most importantly why to use technology to solve a range of social, educational, technical, and/or political problems for information technology companies, political advocacy groups, social justice projects, institutions of higher education and beyond. Merging theory and practice, the Digital Humanities and Culture certificate provides a foundation for critical digital literacy and computation.

Designed to enhance already existing graduate programs in the humanities and the social sciences, the graduate certificate in Digital Humanities and Culture offers graduate-level coursework in critical methods, textual analysis, composing practices, and hands-on production for engaging with humanistic studies in, as well as about, digital environments. Sharing the vision of the College of Arts and Sciences to, “Connect faculty and students across disciplines and campuses to enable them to address problems that transcend disciplinary boundaries,” the graduate certificate in Digital Humanities and Culture brings together courses, students, and faculty with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary strengths of the English department and the Department of Digital Technology and Culture.

The core courses of the Digital Humanities and Culture certificate offered by the English department and the Department of Digital Technology and Culture pull from the strengths of our diverse, interdisciplinary faculty highlighting both the critical and practical aspects of the proposed certificate: critical inquiry and theory connected to digital production and processes. The faculty’s range of specialties and areas of expertise include: Information Ethics and Data Sovereignty, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Digital Media Studies, Print Culture, Cultural Criticism, and Ethnography to serve graduate students across the College of Arts and Sciences.

Curriculum Description

Students seeking to earn this certificate must be simultaneously enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program at Washington State University. A total of nine-credit hours are required to complete the DHC graduate certificate: DTC/ENGL 560 (three-credit hours) and DTC/ENGL 561 (three-credit hours) are mandatory. The final three-credit hours are chosen by the student from a list of electives depending on their focus. The required two core courses, both offered on the Pullman campus, bring together theory, practice, methods, and ethics.

Core Courses

  • DTC/ENGL 560: Critical Theories, Methods, and Practice in Digital Humanities
  • DTC/ENGL 561: Studies in Technology and Culture


Students must choose at least one elective course from the following list to complete the requirements for the certificate. Other courses may be accepted upon request and approval by both the Director of the Department of Digital Technology and Culture and the Director of Graduate Studies in English.

  • DTC 477: Advanced Multimedia Authoring
  • DTC 478: Usability and Interface Design
  • ENGL 548: Seminar in Critical and Cultural Theory
  • ENGL 573: Editing in a Digital Age
  • ENGL 591: Topics in Pedagogy
  • HIST 527: [M] Public History: Theory and Methodology
  • HIST 529: Interpreting History through Material Culture
  • PHIL 450: Data Analytics Ethics

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