Digital Humanities Minor

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Open to students in all majors, the DH Minor focuses on the fusion of technology and the humanities.

In recent years everything about the printed word has changed. What we read, where we write, and how we interact with books, stories, words, and images have profoundly altered our relationship with the cultural arts.

The minor in DH explores what happens when the humanities meets the digital age.




The minor in DH creates opportunities to tell stories and make interpretive arguments by creating digital projects, such as:

          *archives              *timelines

          *movies                *maps

          *games                 *new dynamic editions of cultural texts

          *podcasts             *data visualizations

Minoring is easy. You’ll need to take ENG 250 (offered in fall and winter terms) and ENG 470 (offered in spring terms) and an additional four elective courses approved for the minor.

See below for a growing list of university courses approved for the DH minor. A schedule of current English department courses that count toward the DH minor can be found by following this link.


To request DH minor credit for a course, simply fill out this online form

Minor Requirements

To qualify for the DH minor, students must pass 6 courses:

TWO required courses: 

  • ENG 250 Literature and Digital Culture (an intro course), and
  • ENG 470 Technologies and Texts Capstone; (Pre-Requisite is ENG 250 and 2 additional courses from the list below)                                                                                                                                               

FOUR additional courses (2 of which must be at upper division level).  To insure interdisciplinary, these four courses must come from at least two different departments. Please see the UO course catalog for term listings of course offerings. Notations in parentheses, such as A&L, IPT, indicate courses that also satisfy CORE requirements.              

All course work must be passed with the grade of mid-C or better. (Grades of C- or lower, and courses graded will not count for the minor.).                                                                                                                                                    

  • ART 101 Understanding Contemporary Media
  • ARTD 360  Digital Imaging (CRN 11024, Fall 2020)
  • CINE 110M Intro to Film and Media (A&L)
  • CINE 230 Remix Cultures (A&L)
  • CINE 365 Digital Cinema (A&L)
  • CIS 110 Fluency with Information Technology (SC)
  • CIS 111 Introduction to Web Programming (SC)
  • CIS 122 Intro to Programming and Problem Solving (SC)
  • CIS 123 Data Science (SC)
  • CIS 199 Intro to Data Science (SC)
  • CIS 210 Computer Science I (SC)
  • ENG 110M Introduction to Film and Media (A&L)
  • ENG 260M Media Aesthetics
  • ENG 380 Film, Media, History (A&L)
  • ENG 381M Film, Media, Culture (A&L)
  • ENG 481 Theories of the Moving Image
  • ENG 485 Television Studies
  • ENG 486M New Media and Digital Culture
  • GEOG 181 Our Digital Earth (SSC)
  • GEOG 343 Society, Culture, and Place (SSC)
  • GEOG 481 GIS Science[3]
  • GEOG 482 GIS Science[4]
  • GEOG 498 Geospatial Project Design[5]
  • GEOG 490 Topics in GIS[2]
  • HC 207H TOP: Monsters and Machines 
  • HC 444 CPSW: Communicating for Social Justice
  • ITAL 407/507 Re-reading Petrarch’s Canzoniere in the Digital Era
  • J314 Intro to Media Studies
  • J320 Gender Media and Diversity
  • J412 TOP: Moblie Media
  • J201 Media and Society
  • JSOC 209 Understanding Media
  • J387 Media History
  • MUS 227 Elements of Electronic Music
  • PHIL 123 Internet, Society, and Philosophy (SSC)
  • PS 349 Mass Media and American Politics (SSC)
  • PS 350 Politics and Film
  • SOC 317 Sociology of Mass Media (SSC)
  • WGS 331 Science, Technology, and Gender (IP)
  • Independent Studies or alternate courses can be submitted to Professor Heidi Kaufman for approval  (
  • Follow this link to suggest a new course for DH minor credit

Please contact Dr. Upton ( with questions about the DH minor.

Featured Course Descriptions

English 250: Literature and Digital Culture

In this course you’ll learn how to use digital tools to read and analyze literary and cultural texts. For example, you may learn how to set up and keep your own blog; how to create maps of a literary work or a social problem; how to use topic modeling to study networks in a collection of many texts; how to find and curate data; or how to annotate or publish your own digital edition of a novel or poem. The course emphasizes both an introduction to a set of digital tools used in the field of DH, and on finding ways to apply those tools to the study of literary and cultural texts.

English 470: Technologies and Texts Capstone

Technologies and Texts Capstone is a course designed to address the digital turn in public contemporary culture, academic culture, and the humanities. This turn has profound implications for the way we interact with and understand the role of the humanities in the public sphere and the transmission of the written word into digital forms. At the center of this course is the creation of an original term-length digital research project (must be approved in advance by the Professor). Projects can be created by individuals or can be part of a collaboration with a faculty member or fellow classmates. Possible term-length projects include:

  • The creation of a digital edition (interpretation) of a text
  • The creation of a digital research collection/archive/exhibit
  • The development of a digital public humanities project
  • An exploration (using digital tools) of a social issue (present or past)
  • A creation of a digital modeling or textual analysis project to study words, concepts, networks, and their meanings
  • The creation of a digital storytelling project
  • The creation of a digital game
  • The creation of a digital story/narrative map

Projects will be accompanied by a final explanatory essay. Together, project and essay will demonstrate proficiency with both the digital tools used to build the project and the subjects the project addresses.


Schedule of Courses which satisfy the Digital Humanities Minor requirements.

Additional list of course descriptions

List of Participating Faculty