Digital Humanities Minor

Combine your interest in arts and humanities with the power of computing

Offered jointly by the School of Liberal Arts, Herron School of Art and Design, and the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indianapolis, this minor guides students in employing visual communication and informatics in the arts, social sciences, and humanities.

You’ll learn to understand technology not as a thing apart, but as a part of our creative culture. Through this minor, students have the opportunity to view the technologies they use as objects of humanistic and artistic design, laden with historical and cultural perspectives that interact with political and economic systems.

This experience with digital technologies and humanistic thinking expands your opportunities in today’s highly interconnected global environment, as you learn to work with large data sets and perform data analysis on texts.

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the special topic of digital humanities as an interdisciplinary field of study encompassing humanities, arts, social sciences, informatics, and computing.
  2. Explain major issues and debates in the areas of digital humanities including digitization, copyright and permissions, preservation and sustainability, and audience.
  3. Analyze insights from one another as well as the instructor and their readings to critique digital humanities as a set of methods, debates, and disciplines.
  4. Apply their broad base of knowledge of the “digital.”
  5. Show substantial knowledge and understanding of the main characteristics of digitality.
  6. Analyze and evaluate the history of digitally-inflected art and design practices.
  7. Create and evaluate presentations on contemporary digital work.
  8. Apply, analyze and create new knowledge around problems of digital art and design.
  9. Identify the basic hardware and software components of an IT system, and explain their role and interactions.
  10. To solve a problem, design, implement, test, and debug programs using variables, expressions, assignments, input/output, control constructs, functions, and parameter passing.
  11. Create well-formed static and dynamic Web pages using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  12. Produce database queries using SQL.
  13. Organize, display, and analyze data using graphs and descriptive statistics and use them to make decisions.

Minor Requirements

Required Courses (10 cr.)

HIST-H 195 is approved for the Arts and Humanities component of the General Education core. INFO-I 101 is approved for the Analytical Reasoning, List B, component of the General Education core.

Elective Courses (6 cr.)

Select two courses from outside your major:


  • AMST-A 303 American Cyber Identity (3 cr.)
  • COMM-M 150 Mass Media and Society (3 cr.)
  • COMM-M 215 Media Literacy (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 315 Writing for the Web (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 318 Finding Your E-Voice (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 412 Literacy and Technology (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 337 Cartography and Graphics (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 439 Seminar in Geographic Information Science (3 cr.)

Informatics and Information Science

Media Arts

Students must earn a C- or higher in each course and maintain a 2.0 GPA to graduate with the Digital Humanities minor.