Collaborative MA in English and the Digital Humanities

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For more information on the Collaborative MA in Digital Humanities, download the program brochure by clicking on the image above.

Carleton’s Collaborative MA in Digital Humanities offers the most breadth in this area as compared to any other Canadian program. Our program will help you rethink how the digital world opens up a variety of new possibilities for the humanities, including how we understand art, film, music, literature and popular culture; how we develop new forms of collective memory; and how we create global communities and intercultural dialogue.

Incoming MA students in English, as well as in any of the following Carleton departments, can add value to their existing degrees by gaining new knowledge and skills in the rapidly growing field of digital humanities: Anthropology, Applied Linguistic and Discourse Studies, Art History, Canadian Studies, Film Studies, French and Francophone Studies, History, Music and Culture, Public History, Philosophy and Sociology.

Students will undertake a piece of original research, while engaging with students and faculty from across the university. A practicum component will allow them to work closely with public and private-sector partners who rely heavily on digital media, including partners in the media production, entertainment, library and archives, museum, digital gaming, travel and tourism, advertising and technical writing sectors.

All students are required to fulfil the requirements of their specific collaborating programs. If you are writing a Major Research Paper or a Thesis as part of your degree, please note that this work must have Digital Humanities content to meet the requirements of the program. If you choose to enroll in a Digital Humanities Practicum (DIGH5011) or a Digital Humanities Directed Reading (5012), you will require departmental approval.

All Digital Humanities students are required to complete the following two courses:

DIGH 5000:  Issues in the Digital Humanities (0.5 credit)

This course provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of the Digital Humanities, including the historical and ongoing debates over its boundaries, methodologies, objectives and values.

DIGH 5800:  Digital Humanities: Professional Development (0.0 credit)

This course allows students to participate with Digital Humanities scholars and professionals in public discussions of topics in the Digital Humanities, as both presenter and audience member. The course is graded SAT/UNST based on attendance and engagement.

Students accepted into the MA in English with a Specialization in the Digital Humanities must follow one of the following three program pathways:

(i) Coursework Option (4.5 credits)

  • 2.5 credits in English selected from those at the 5000-level (excluding ENGL 5908 and ENGL 5909)
  • 0.5 credit ENGL 5005
  • 0.5 credit DIGH 5000
  • 1.0 credit in Digital Humanities (DIGH 5011, DIGH 5012, or annually listed Digital Humanities Course)
  • 0.0 credit DIGH 5800

(ii) Research Essay Option (4.5 credits)

  • 2.0 credits in English selected from those at the 5000-level (excluding ENGL 5909), and a research essay; an oral examination on the research essay may be required
  • 0.5 credit ENGL 5005
  • 1.0 Research Essay
  • 0.5 credit DIGH 5000
  • 0.5 credit in Digital Humanities (DIGH 5011, DIGH 5012, or annually listed Digital Humanities Course)
  • 0.0 credit DIGH 5800

(iii) Thesis Option (4.5 credits)

  • 1.0 credit in English, selected from those at the 5000-level (excluding ENGL 5908), and a master’s thesis; an oral examination on the thesis will be required.
  • 0.5 credit ENGL 5005
  • 2.0 credits MA Thesis
  • 0.5 credit DIGH 5000
  • 0.5 credit in Digital Humanities (DIGH 5011, DIGH 5012, or annually listed Digital Humanities Course)
  • 0.0 credit DIGH 5800

More information on the Collaborative MA in Digital Humanities can be found in the program brochure and on the Digital Humanities Website.

Apply Now

To apply for the Collaborative MA in English and the Digital Humanities, you must apply online through the Graduate Admissions Website to the MA program in the Department of English Language and Literature and complete the Digital Humanities Specialization Form which is available under Supplementary Forms section of your online application. The deadline for applications wishing to be considered for funding is the same as the deadline for applying to the regular English MA: February 1st.