Fall 2019 Digital Humanities Certificate Classes

courses for the digital humanities certificate

Course offerings are subject to change. Contact department staff or faculty for the most up-to-date information.

American Studies 

AMST 671: Introduction to Public History

Tu 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Carolina Hall 322, Anne Whisnant

Introduces the theory, politics, and practice of historical work conducted in public venues (museums, historic sites, national parks, government agencies, archives), directed at public audiences, or addressed to public issues.

Art History 

ARTH 851: alt-Methods: Digital Art History

TuTh 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM, Caldwell Hall 208, JJ Bauer

This course introduces students to current digital art history projects and practices as well as methods for approaching art historical research in new ways. We will explore concepts and case studies in digital art history and the digital humanities, experiment with software and tools, and discuss emerging trends and developments in the discipline as well as professional opportunities.

Biomedical Engineering

BMME 775 (Cross listed with COMP 775): Image Processing & Analysis


Prerequisites, COMP 665, MATH 547, and STOR 435. Approaches to analysis of digital images. Scale geometry, statistical pattern recognition, optimization. Segmentation, registration, shape analysis. Applications, software tools.Considerable prior experience in programming and mathematics is absolutely necessary for success in grad-level Computer Science courses.
Instructor permission required



COMM 431: Advanced Audio Production

TuTh 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM, Swain Hall 200A, Mark Robinson

Prerequisite, COMM 130 or 150; Grade of C or better in COMM 130; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Advanced analysis and application of the principles and methods of audio production.

COMM 453: Everyday Media Technology 

TuTh 2PM – 3:15 PM, Dey Hall 208, Michael Palm

Prerequisite, COMM 140. The starting point for this course, chronologically and conceptually, is the emergence of popular media technology. Our purview includes transformative innovations in mediated communication, such as telephony and e-mail, alongside familiar media technologies such as televisions and computers.


COMM 635: Documentary Production

TuTh 11AM – 12:15 PM, Swain Hall 106A, Julia Haslett

Prerequisite, COMM 230. A workshop in the production of video and/or film nonfiction or documentary projects. The course will focus on narrative, representational, and aesthetic strategies of documentary production.

COMM 638: Game Design

TuTh 11AM – 12:15 PM, Swain Hall 115A, Joyce Rudinsky

Prerequisite, COMM 150. Permission of the instructor for non-majors. Studio course that explores gaming critically and aesthetically. Practice in game design and production including three-dimensional worlds and scripting.

COMM 644: Documentary Production: First Person Filmmaking

TuTh 12:30PM- 1:45 PM, Swain Hall 106A, Julia Haslett

Prerequisite, COMM 230. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Students create documentaries emphasizing the filmmaker’s personal perspective and experience: essay, diary, and autobiographical films, and pieces in which the filmmaker performs a role for expressive or political ends. Significant class time is devoted to work-shopping student films.


COMM 654: Motion Graphics, Special Effects, and Compositing

MoWe 12:20PM – 2:15PM, Swain Hall 106A, Edward Rankus 

Prerequisites, COMM 130 or COMM 150 with a C or better, Department Consent Required. In this course course students will learn a wide range of post-production techniques for video projects, using primarily After Effects (and Photoshop to a lesser extent). Topics explored include: Compositing, that is to say the integration and collage-ing of multiple video/film/still/text layers. Motion Graphics deals with the movement through 2D and 3D screen space of these layers, and Visual Effects will consider the myriad ways one can distort, color manipulate, and modify these layers, or create such phenomena as clouds, fire, etc. Besides creating projects using these techniques, we will also screen and analyze how this form of image manipulation is used in television and motion pictures.


Computer Science

COMP 410: Data Structures

MoWe 1:25PM – 2:40PM, Genome Sciences Bldg G100, Paul Stotts 

Prerequisite, COMP 401. The analysis of data structures and their associated algorithms. Abstract data types, lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. Sorting, searching, hashing.


COMP 411: Computer Organization

Section 001, MoWeFr 1:25PM – 2:40PM, Sitterson 0014, Henry Fuchs

Section 002, MoWeFr 11:15AM – 12:30PM, Caroll 0111, Montek Singh

Prerequisite, COMP 401. Digital logic, circuit components. Data representation, computer architecture and implementation, assembly language programming.


COMP 426: Modern Web Programming

TuTh 3:30PM – 4:45PM, Genome Science Bldg G100, Ketan Mayer-Patel 

Prerequisites, COMP 401 and 410. Developing applications for the World Wide Web including both client-side and server-side programming. Emphasis on Model-View-Controller architecture, AJAX, RESTful Web services, and database interaction.



ENGL 801: Research Methods in Rhetoric Composition

TuTh 11:00AM – 1:50PM, Greenlaw 301, Jordynn Jack 

This course explores the impacts of information technology on teaching and scholarship in the humanities. Students critique and learn to integrate emerging technologies into their pedagogy and research interests.


GEOG 410: Modelling of Environmental Systems

TuTh 11:00AM – 12:15PM, Carolina Hall 0322, Conghe Song

Uses systems theory and computer models to understand ecosystem energy and matter flows, such as energy flow in food webs, terrestrial ecosystem evapotranspiration and productivity, related to climate, vegetation, soils, and hydrology across a range of spatial and temporal scales.


GEOG 491: Introduction to GIS

TuTh 2:00PM – 3:15PM, Carolina Hall 0220, Xiaodong Chen

Prerequisite, GEOG 370. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Stresses the spatial analysis and modeling capabilities of organizing data within a geographic information system. (GISci)


GEOG 541: GIS for Public Health

Mo 3:35PM – 6:35PM, Carolina Hall 0322, Paul Delamater

Explores theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS) for public health. The course includes an overview of the principles of GIS in public health and practical experience in its use. (GISci)


GEOG 591: Applied Issues in GIS

TuTh 9:30AM – 10:45AM, Carolina Hall 0322, Jun Liang

Prerequisite, GEOG 477, 491, or equivalent. Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. The class is largely a research-project oriented course. Examples of the work produced can be found on the course’s page on Digital Atlases and Resource Pages.


GEOG 592: Geographic Information Science Programming

TuTh 2:00PM – 3:15PM, Carolina Hall 0322, Jun Liang 

Prerequisite, GEOG 370 or 491. This course will teach students the elements of GISci software development using major GIS platforms. Students will modularly build a series of applications through the term, culminating in an integrated GIS applications program.

GEOG 650: Technology and Democracy

TuTh 2:00PM – 3:15PM, Hamilton Hall 150, Scott Kirsch

Are technological choices open to democratic participation? Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. The class is largely a research-project oriented course. Examples of the work produced can be found on the course’s page on Digital Atlases and Resource Pages.


Information and Library Science

INLS 509: Information Retrieval

Section 001: Mo 5:45PM – 8:30PM, Manning 001, Jaime Arguello 

Section 002: TuTh 9:30AM – 10:45AM, Manning 208, Yue Wang

Study of information retrieval and question answering techniques, including document classification, retrieval and evaluation techniques, handling of large data collections, and the use of feedback.


INLS 520: Organization of Information

Section 001: Tu 2:00PM – 4:45PM, Manning 307, Megan Winget 

Section 002: Tu 5:45PM – 8:15PM, Manning 307, Megan Winget

Online, Staff

Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemata, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.


INLS 523: Intro to Database Concepts and Applications

Section 001: MoWe 12:20PM – 1:35PM, Manning 001, Eric Chernoff

Section 002: Mo 5:45PM – 8:15PM, Manning 117, Adam Lee

Section 003: TuTh 9:30AM – 10:45AM, Manning 001, Robert Capra

Online, Staff

Pre- or corequisite, INLS 161 or 461. Design and implementation of basic database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, indexing, and query construction, SQL.


INLS 525: Electronic Record Management

Th 5:45PM – 8:15PM, Manning 208, Alexandra Chassanoff

Explores relationships between new information and communication technologies and organizational efforts to define, identify, control, manage, and preserve records. Considers the importance of organizational, institutional and technological factors in determining appropriate recordkeeping strategies.


INLS 534: Youth and Technology in Libraries

We 10:10AM – 12:40PM, Manning 014, Sandra Hughes- Hassell 

This course encourages students to explore the array of technologies available to children and adolescents, the issues surrounding the use of technology, the role of care givers, and potential impacts on development.


INLS 560: Programming for Information Professionals

Section 001: TuTh 11:00AM – 12:15PM, Manning 117, Boone

Section 002: Th 5:45PM – 8:30PM, Manning 001, Jason Carter

Online, Gotz

Introduction to programming and computational concepts. Students will learn to write programs using constructs such as iteration, flow control, variables, functions, and error handling. No programming experience required.


INLS 582: Systems Analysis

Section 001: MoWe 1:25PM – 2:40PM, Manning 307, Lukasz Mazur 

Section 002: Mo 5:45PM – 8:30PM, Manning 307, Staff

Section 003: We 5:45PM-8:30PM, Manning 307, Andreas Orphanides

Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems. Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of system functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object oriented analysis) are studied. Undergraduates are encouraged to take INLS 382 instead of this course.


INLS 613: Text Mining

MoWe 11:15AM – 12:30PM, Manning 307, Jaime Arguello

This course will allow the student to develop a general understanding of knowledge discovery and gain a specific understanding of text mining. Students will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of text mining and develop a proficiency with data modeling text. Offered annually.


INLS 620: Web Information Organization

TuTh 11:00AM – 12:15PM, Manning 208, Patrick Golden

Prerequisites, INLS 520 or 560. Similar programming background needed. Understand the Web as a platform for information organization systems. Learn how the Web has been designed to be a service platform, data publishing platform, and application platform.


INLS 623: Database Systems II: Intermediate Databases

We 5:45PM – 8:15PM, Manning 001, Ramanarao Chamarty

Prerequisites, INLS 382 or 582, and 523. Intermediate-level design and implementation of database systems, building on topics studied in INLS 523. Additional topics include MySQL, indexing, XML, and non-text databases.


INLS 700: Scholarly Communication

TuTh 11:00AM – 12:15PM, Manning 304, Bradley Hemminger

Addresses how scholarship is communicated, shared, and stored. Includes scholars approach to academic work; social relationships within academia; external stakekholders in the scholarly communication system; and emerging technologies’ impact upon work practices. Topics covered include academic libraries and presses, publishing, serials crisis, open access, peer review and bibliometrics. Offered in the fall


INLS 718: User Interface Design

Tu 5:45PM – 8:30PM, Manning 208, Fei Yu

Prerequisite: INLS 582. Basic principles for designing the human interface to information systems, emphasizing computer-assisted systems. Major topics: users’ conceptual models of systems, human information processing capabilities, styles of interfaces, and evaluation methods.


INLS 720: Metadata


Examines metadata in the digital environment. Emphasizes the development and implementation of metadata schemas in distinct information communities and the standards and technological applications used to create machine understandable metadata. Explores the limits of metadata standards and critically examines the inevitable role of interpretive diversity for information systems. Our semester-long project will engage the challenge of designing and implementing standards and guidelines for interoperable metadata while acknowledging the messy reality of interpretive diversity.


INLS 752: Digital Preservation and Access

Tu 2:00PM – 4:45PM, Manning 304, Tibbo

Focuses on best practices for the creation, provision, and long-term preservation of digital entities. Topics include digitization technologies; standards and quality control; digital asset management; grant writing; and metadata.


Media and Journalism

MEJO 581: UX Design and Usability

TuTh 12:30PM – 1:45PM, Carroll 0011, Laura Ruel 

 Prerequisite, MEJO 187. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Theory and practice of multimedia design with an emphasis on usability, design theory, and evaluative methodologies, including focus groups, survey research, eye-track testing, and search engine optimization.


MEJO 582: Advanced Documentary Storytelling

MoWe 2:00PM – 3:45PM, Carroll 0060, Chad Stevens

Permission of the instructor. Students work on a semester-long documentary multimedia project that includes photo and video journalists, audio recordists, designers, infographics artists, and programmers. Open by application to students who have completed an advanced course in visual or electronic communication.


MEJO 585: 3D Design Studio

MoWe 8:00AM – 9:45AM, Carroll 0059, Spencer Barnes

Prerequisites, MEJO 187 and 182. Permission of the instructor. The use of 3D design and animation to create visual explanations.


MEJO 671: Social Media Marketing Campaigns

MoWe 12:30PM – 1:45PM, Carroll 340A, Seth Noar

Social marketing is the application of marketing concepts and practices to bring about behavior change for a social good. This course is designed as a service learning course and fulfills the experiential education requirement.


MEJO 721: Usability and Multimedia

TBA, Laura Ruel

Introduces students to five basic areas of multimedia design and develops expertise in each. By examining the latest eye-tracking research and usability testing, students will assess the practical application of many concepts. Through critiques and original storyboards, students will work to expertly integrate all this knowledge into well-designed packages


MEJO 782: Multimedia Storytelling

TuTh 3:30PM – 5:15PM, Carroll 058, Laura Ruel 

Theories and practices of multimedia content creation. Students gain critical understanding of various multimedia presentation methods. Hands-on experience with audio/video collection/editing.

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