Digital Humanities Minor at Western
The Digital Humanities program is the first of its kind in Canada.
The new Minor in Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to one of the most important emerging fields in the arts and humanities. Digital Humanities develops and uses computing tools to explore texts, images, and ideas in novel ways. Harnessing the processing power of the computer and the possibilities for collaboration and communication offered by the internet, it produces new insights, information, and perspectives into literature, language, history, and art. Learning in the courses is enabled through a hands-on approach that allows the students to learn by doing. Digital Humanities is a potent mix of both theory and practice: students are taught to apply the methods and perspectives of the humanities to the digital medium, while also learning the coding, programming, and design skills needed to build and employ a variety of digital tools. In this way, Digital Humanities offers students training in critical thinking and communication skills along with expertise in digital technologies that will enable them to understand, control, and shape the digital environments we live in.