Methods in Digital History (HIST 580A1)
Digital technologies offer the potential to transform historical practices and audiences, but also present methodological and ethical challenges. Digital History is both a branch of Digital Humanities and of History. Public Historians must have knowledge and familiarity with digital tools. This graduate methods seminar will combine lectures and readings with class discussions, lab work, and real world digital history projects to introduce students to the principles and practice of digital history, emphasizing the use of digital history within a public history context.
In this course, students will engage with literature addressing the primary issues of and current technologies used to create digital history. We will learn, experiment with, and ultimately apply to real-world digital history projects a number of technologies. Students in this graduate seminar will complete a small group digital history project (Story Map) and a class project (Resource Management Database). Through these projects, students will gain valuable digital skills, lean basic project administration techniques, and gain experience in team and client management. Syllabus HIST580A1
You can view the final Story Map project here.
Methods Seminar in Historic Preservation (HIST 503)
This graduate seminar will combine lectures and readings with class discussions, activities, and assignments to introduce students to the principles and practice of historic preservation. The course objectives are twofold: 1) to provide students with a solid background in the history, purposes, and theories of historic preservation in the United States, and 2) to teach students the methodology and skills needed to complete the most common types of preservation work. This course will require intense and critical engagement with course materials, primary and secondary research, out-of-class collaboration with classmates, and may require attending field trips to historic properties during and/or outside of the scheduled class period.
For more information on this course, see the Syllabus HIST 503.