Certificate in Digital Humanities

In our increasingly digitized world, the question isn’t whether to use digital technology, but how. Institutions of higher education, as well as employers in many other sectors, recognize that digital humanities skills such as text analysis, mapping, and coding have transformative potential. BC’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities offers a coordinated curriculum that is feasible for graduate candidates to complete alongside existing degree requirements. The program combines interdisciplinary methodological training with discipline-specific coursework to provide students with training and institutional recognition of their accomplishments in this fast-growing field.

A joint effort of the History and English Departments and the Boston College Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Group, the program offers M.A. and Ph.D. students the opportunity to diversify their skill-sets and produce projects such as digital archives, data visualizations, online exhibits, and scholarly websites. This project-based approach puts a premium on collaboration and interdisciplinary inquiry. In the process, Certificate holders will enhance their employment prospects in both traditional academia as well as in publishing, government, museums, libraries, archives, and other professional fields.


Students wishing to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities must first be enrolled in a graduate degree program at Boston College. They will be able to pursue coursework in accordance with their preparation under any of the following disciplines:

  • Classical Studies
  • English
  • History
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures
  • Sociology
  • Theology

Admission will be open to all interested graduate students with approval from their graduate advisor.


The curriculum for the certificate program consists of three courses:

  • HIST 7817/ENGL 7801: Digital Scholarship for the Humanities (introductory course)
  • HIST/ENGL 8275 Capstone: Digital Humanities as Public Scholarship
  • One relevant course within the home department
  • A capstone course conducted under the auspices of the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Group (third year for doctoral students, second year for MAs)

The introductory course covers methodological aspects of the digital humanities, giving students the technical skills needed to do independent digital scholarship. The departmental course will allow students to apply these skills to discipline-specific work as they complete a digital project agreed to in advance with the course instructor. The capstone course will give students a chance to create a larger-scale work of digital scholarship, perhaps in collaboration with other students in the program, which they can use as part of a portfolio to demonstrate their abilities to potential employers.


Interested graduate students should contact the program director as early as possible in their graduate studies. They will need to take the introductory course in the digital humanities and get approval from their departmental advisor to enroll in the program. Because the certificate is interdisciplinary, drawing from the course offerings of other departments, students must plantheir schedules accordingly to ensure that approved electives are offered and can be taken by the time of graduation. For more information, please contact the program director at: DHCertificate@bc.edu

Required Courses, 2022–2023

Course Number Course Title Instructor
(Fall 2022)
Graduate Colloquium: Introduction to Digital Humanities Bee Lehman
(Spring 2023)
Capstone: Digital Humanities as Public Scholarship Bee Lehman

Fall 2022

Course Number Course Title Instructor
HIST 4440 Housing America Glass
HIST 8000 Intro to Doctoral Studies Reinburg
HIST 8214 Graduate Seminar: Early Modern History Ross
ARTH 4370 The Art Museum: History, Philosophy and Practice Netzer
ENGL 6038 Seminar: Cultural Rhetorics Pauszek
ENGL 6041 Game of Thrones: Medieval English Political Poetry Weiskott
ENGL 7746 The City in American Literature and Culture Rotella
ENGL 8876 Issues and Methods in English Studies Weiskott

Spring 2023

Course Number Course Title Instructor
ENGL 7743  Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama Sofer
(by permission)
This Land Is Your Land Valencius
HIST 7818 Early America in an Atlantic World Stanwood
HIST 7202 Graduate Colloquium: Modern European History Pendas
HIST 4302 Borders & Frontiers in Modern Latin America Picone

Affiliated Faculty

Marilynn Johnson

Brittany Lehman

Joe Nugent

María de los Ángeles Picone

Christy Pottroff

Dana Sajdi

Stephen Sturgeon

Eric Weiskott