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Rapid advances in computer and networking technology have created exciting new opportunities to apply digital methods to historical and philosophical research and dissemination. As a consequence, demand is rapidly increasing for scholars well-versed in what is often called "digital humanities." This course provides an introduction to digital methods—from managing digital data to computational analysis—for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Students will explore both the promises and challenges of the "digital turn" in the humanities, gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of digital tools and techniques, and begin to develop their own digital projects.


  • Provide basic training digital and computational tools and techniques that can enhance their own research.
  • Provide a conceptual foundation that will allow students to engage critically with digital humanities research and methods.
  • Expose students to a diverse array of digital projects and approaches, to show what is possible in digital/computational HPS.
  • Enable students to participate in digital and computational projects at ASU and beyond.

Assignments & "Homework"

For small assignments between class sessions, we will create a discussion thread on the course website. Before the start of the class in which the assignment/activity is due, please respond to that thread with a very brief summary describing:

  • What you did,
  • What insights (if any) you gained, and
  • What problems/challenges you encountered.

You can miss up to two (2) small assignments for any reason (sickness, overwork, crazy party) without it affecting your “take-home exercises” grade. There is no need to seek our approval prior to missing an assignment. Any missed assignments beyond two (2) will result in a reduction of your final grade.

Late Assignment Policy: We do not accept late assignments.


If you have a learning, sensory, or physical disability and feel that you need special assistance in lecture, reading, or assignments, please contact us immediately.  The first week of the semester is the best time for these discussions.  All matters will be held in strictest confidence.

Academic Integrity

The ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy (i.e. Honor Code) applies to all aspects of this course.  This policy includes, but is not limited to, doing all your own work on assignments and appropriately acknowledging all sources used in written work.  Refer to the ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy if you have questions, or talk with us.  Remember that it is the responsibility of the student to clarify ambiguous situations.  In other words, if you are not sure, ask us. For more information, see: