• DGAH 110: Hacking the Humanities

    The digital world is infiltrating the academy and profoundly disrupting the arts and humanities, posing fundamental challenges to traditional models of university education, scholarly research, academic publication and creative production. This core course for the Digital Arts & Humanities minor introduces the key concepts, debates and technologies that shape DGAH, including text encoding, digital mapping (GIS), network analysis, data visualization, 3D imaging and basic programming languages. Students will learn to hack the humanities by making a collaborative, publishable DH project, while acquiring the skills and confidence necessary to actively participate in the digital world, both in college and beyond.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024 · Austin Mason, Christopher Saladin
  • DGAH 210: Spatial Humanities

    Spatial analysis is central to the digital humanities and a valuable methodology within history, literature, archaeology, anthropology, and many other disciplines. This course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the key concepts, debates, and technologies behind digital mapping in the humanities and social sciences. We will learn technical GIS skills that include visualizing, analyzing, and managing various types of spatial data, digitizing historical maps, interactive web mapping, and basic cartographic design. This course is open to all students, regardless of prior experience, and covers the fundamental skills needed to produce spatial humanities projects within any discipline.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2024 · Christopher Saladin
  • DGAH 264: Visualizing the Ancient City

    What makes a city, well, a city? This course examines urban society across different regions of the ancient world from the 2nd millennium BCE to 1st millennium CE. Taking a comparative approach to examples from the Mediterranean, Near East, Mesoamerica and China, we will reconstruct social, political, and topographic histories of urban space from a kaleidoscope of sources that include archaeological excavations, art & architecture, inscriptions, and literature. We will approach this source material using digital methods such as 3D modeling, GIS mapping, and digital storytelling to reconstruct both the physical environments and lived experiences of past cities.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Spring 2024 · Christopher Saladin
  • DGAH 398: Digital Arts & Humanities Portfolio: A Capstone Seminar

    The work of Digital Arts & Humanities takes place at the crossroads of computing, humanities, and creative production. While digital tools and computational methods can enhance humanities research and artistic production, traditional humanistic approaches must also question digital technologies. Both the processes and products of this work stretch the boundaries of familiar academic formats. In this course, students will create an ePortfolio that curates and critically reflects on the digital processes and products of courses and co-curricular experiences at Carleton, guided by readings on the current state of interdisciplinary digital scholarship. A capstone for the DGAH minor, the seminar will include numerous workshop events and culminate in public portfolio presentations.

    Prerequisites: Prior digital arts and humanities course work, including but not limited to core DGAH courses 2 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Austin Mason

As an interdisciplinary program, we also offer courses in a number of other departments, including archaeology, art, cinema and media studies, computer science, English, environmental studies, history, mathematics, music, and Spanish. See the links below to get a full list of courses by term.

2023-24 Courses