Digital Humanities and Technology MIN

Program Purpose

Classes offered by the Digital Humanities and Technology (DigHT) minor program are primarily designed to complement and supplement the students' major programs. The courses teach computer skills and methods as applied to discipline of the Digital Humanities, with different courses oriented toward various technologies and research methods. Offered for the first time in fall, 2013, DigHT replaces the decades-old Computers and the Humantiies (CHum) program. As with CHum, DigHT courses are not restricted to humanities majors-students from every BYU college save Nursing have enrolled in CHum courses, a phenomenom we hope continues with the DigHT program.

Curricular Structure

DigHT Courses

DigHT courses organized into two families: Courses ending in "0" (e.g., DigHT 210, 230, etc.) aim to provide students with technical skills in current technology. Courses ending in "5" (e.g., DigHT 215, 315, etc.) cover theoretical and research-oriented topics.

Most DigHT courses exist in 200-level and 300-level pairings known as "tracks." For example, DigHT 250: Web Publishing is the prerequisite for DigHT 350: Web Information Systems. The 200-level courses teach foundational concepts and require no previous technical or theoretical experience beyond what one would expect from a second-year university student. The 300-level courses extend the skills and content taught in the 200-level course and prepare students for their capstone experience.

The 400-level capstone courses allow students to apply their DigHT skills and knowledge into novel work under the advisement of technical and content-area experts. Students seeking to focus on research and development may take DigHT 495R, wherein they are paired with a faculty member or an organization that needs technology skills to address novel issues in their field. In DigHT 496R, students complete technology-based internships with on- and off-campus entities. (BUS 494R, the on-campus internship, is a suitable substitute for DigHT 496R.)

Digital Humanities and Technology Minor

Student may earn a formal Digital Humanities and Technology minor degree by completing DigHT 215, 12 credits of 200- or 300-level DigHT courses, and 3 credits of capstone coursework. Students may substitute approved, technology-imbued coursework from other departments in place of up to 6 credits of DigHT courses.

Learning Outcomes

The DigHT learning outcomes are designed to unify the DigHT courses while still accommodating students who seek technology skills a la carte. The needs of other programs who require or encourage DigHT coursework were also taken into account.

Technology Mediated Knowledge

Students completing the undergraduate minor will understand the state and implications of technology-mediated knowledge in the Humanities.

Courses that Contribute: DIGHT 215
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Human knowledge
Technology Skills Development

Students completing the undergraduate minor will develop the skills required to model information in common computer paradigms and contribute novel perspectives to the Digital Humanities.

Courses that Contribute: DIGHT 210 DIGHT 215 DIGHT 230 DIGHT 250 DIGHT 260
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively
Applied experience

Students completing the Digital Humanities & Technology undergraduate minor will apply their skills in either advanced Humanities Technology competence or in advanced Digital Humanities research paradigms.

Courses that Contribute: DIGHT 495R DIGHT 496R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively

Evidence of Learning

Each DigHT course includes at least one course-based assessment activity that provides evidence of students' achievement vis-à-vis the course's associated program learning outcomes. Instructors report the results for these assignments to the program coordinator who compiles and analyzes the data. A committee of full-time program faculty then draws conclusions regarding the adequacy of student achievement.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement

During the annual Office of Digital Humanities retreat, the DigHT program coordinator presents the assessment conclusions to the office faculty and staff. The faculty and staff then propose adjustments to curricula, points of instructional emphasis, and explicit faculty development to increase or maintain the previous year's performance levels.