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Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities (DSAH) is an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate at the University of Maryland—

It offers graduate students a chance to combine the critical study of new forms of digital media and identity with creative and analytical practices utilizing digital media as well as the application of computational tools and techniques to traditional areas of humanistic study. While it is often hands-on or applied, Digital Studies encourages—indeed demands—work that is primarily critical, theoretical, historical, or experimental in nature.

Digital Studies is thus a critical, scholarly, and creative response to the widespread influence of digital media across nearly every aspect of contemporary life; more specifically, it recognizes that teaching, research, and scholarship in the arts and humanities cannot remain isolated from the networks, platforms, and new media all around us.

The Certificate is jointly administered by the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), with additional sponsorship from the Department of English and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Any matriculated graduate student in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland on the College Park campus may apply for admission.


15 credits total

Program requirements are subject to change.

  • Introduction to Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities  |  3 credits
  • Praxis Elective|  3 credits
  • Colloquium  |  1 credit (repeated 3 times)
  • Other Electives  |  6 credits

Image at left by Advisory Board member Hasan Elahi, from his 2017 installation Alert V2.


Dear folks @umd_dsah, this is our usual mid-semester reminder that @UMD_MITH DS writing group meets 1-4pm every Thursday 😊 If you are struggling to set aside a chunk of writing time or in need of DS brainstorming, come and join me anytime! (We have tea & snacks ❤️🍵💛🍩💙👩‍💻💜)