History: Digital History

Digital History brings academic scholarship to a wider audience through new technologies—develop the skills inherent in visual language and communication through the use of digital tools, interactive design, information architecture, and navigation with an eye to a new generation of information consumers.

In collaboration with the Art Department, this concentration allows you to use digital media to further historical analysis, presentation, and research. The relatively new field of Digital History allows students to follow and present an historical argument using media technologies and tools such as digitization, podcasts, blogs, database searches, text analysis, data visualization, mapping, digital scholarship and publishing, and digital pedagogy. Emmanuel's Digital History Concentration provides you the skills necessary for developing research and teaching projects while also teaching the skills necessary to apply historical methods to critically evaluate sources and arguments.

Major Requirements

View the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. in History with a concentration in Digital History


Choose three 1000-level history courses

  • HIST1105    United States History to 1877
  • HIST1106    United States History Since 1877
  • HIST1107    African History: Themes
  • HIST1108    World History to 1500
  • HIST1109    Modern World History
  • HIST1111    An Introduction to East Asian History
  • HIST1114    Creating the Atlantic World

Required Courses

  • ART1406     Visual Language for Design and Communication
  • IDDS1000    Digital Citizenship
  • HIST2XXX  Introduction to Digital History
  • HIST2701     Historical Methods and Research
  • HIST4000     Senior Seminar
  • Three additional HIST courses, two of which must be at the 3000-level
  • ART3402       Interactive Design
  • ART3431      Motion Graphics and Digital Animation
  • HIST4194    History Internship

Highly Recommended Course

  • ART3531     Stories in Motion

The Digital History Concentration provides students with a depth of knowledge in the discipline of History, encouraging students to represent it in a dynamic and engaging manner.  The Digital History Concentration also would offer transferrable skills to students across the College. Students from any discipline could apply the skills they learn with this Concentration:

  • Digital History Literacy: to apply traditional historical skills - reading, writing, analysis, and evaluation - using digital tools
  • Analysis: to compose an original argument based on primary and secondary sources through the use of digital history platforms, databases, methods, and techniques
  • Visualization: to clearly and accurately communicate ideas, research, and pedagogy via digital history tools and techniques to the larger public

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