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Master of Arts in Digital Tools for Premodern Studies
The central intellectual focus of this program is the study of the
creation, transmission, preservation, and transformation of knowledge
across time and culture, from Classical Antiquity through premodern
times. The program puts a heavy focus on digital techniques in order to
facilitate the study of such a broad field. Students will thus acquire a
deeper knowledge of the humanities while learning and practicing
computing skills in a hands-on research environment. Graduates will be
well prepared to pursue Ph.D. programs and academic careers or careers
in publishing, media, and technology.
- Candidates must successfully complete eleven (11) courses at the
graduate level. Two will be devoted to a common core course
(Computational Methods for the Humanities, COMP 5/CLS 160) and a
programming class (COMP 10); Two will be selected among advanced
offerings in the study of classical literature (Latin, Greek, Sanskrit
or other approved language). Four courses will be electives selected
from a preapproved list.
Three courses will be devoted to a research project.
- Students must select the four electives from at least two different
departments or programs. These four courses can be either specialized
seminars or general survey courses with separate graduate sections. To
meet these course requirements, students will be able to select from an
array of courses according to their particular academic and vocational
interests and needs.
- Students are required to complete a research project equivalent in
scope to a Master's thesis. This project will fulfill 3 class credits,
one usually taken in the fall of the second year of the program, and the
other two in the spring. This project is conducted and evaluated from
two perspectives which illustrate two complementary sets of skills,
namely the production of good data and the appropriate and insightful
analysis of that data. For this reason, the project may have a single
deliverable similar in scope to a thesis, or two deliverables similar
in scope to Qualifying Papers. This project may originate from coursework,
and students are encouraged to start elaborating their project during
their first year, in any case no later than the summer before their second
year. A thesis committee must be constituted and a defense scheduled as
outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.
- Reading knowledge of Latin and Greek and one modern foreign language
(usually German or French) is tested by examination. Latin or Greek may be
replaced with another language, in which case the other language must be
approved upon enrollment in the program.
- A comprehensive written examination integrating course work with
knowledge of the reading lists in Greek and Latin literature or other
approved language is required.
Students will have developed the ability to conduct research and write a
graduate level research paper and/or thesis.
Students will have developed broad knowledge of research and practice in
the field of Digital Humanities as well as a deeper focus in a particular area
within the Premodern World relevant to student interest.
Students will have developed a strong competency in one or more pre-modern
languages, such as Latin and Greek or other historical languages depending upon
their background and goals, and have been exposed to new methods of learning and
using the languages. (eg. intensive linguistic annotation, analyzing text at
scale and visualizing the results).
Students will have gained reading knowledge of a modern foreign language
relevant to research in the field.
Students will have been exposed to new developments in the fields of
Digital Humanities and of the Pre-Modern area on which they focus.
Students will be prepared to go on to advanced graduate programs or to
positions outside academia where the skills they have acquired in the MA are
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