DH Graduate Certificate

Explore how digital practices are impacting humanities disciplines. Craft your own 12-credit program in digital scholarship and research.


Desiree Dighton

“I’m excited about the recent turn in digital humanities towards community-based DH, and the possibility for digital projects to extend beyond academic research to communicate and to bring attention to the lived experiences in our communities.” – PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

Digital humanities is a fast-evolving field, shared across academic disciplines and cultural institutions, interested in the digitization of humanities materials, digital methods for research, and the critical study of new media. With a graduate certificate in digital humanities, you can enhance your credentials to pursue academic research, public engagement and professional goals.

NC State’s unique program allows degree or non-degree seeking graduate students to design a curriculum of interdisciplinary study at the forefront of digital methods in the humanities. As the digital humanities comprises a big tent of disciplinary and technical pursuits, our graduate certificate affords students a similarly diverse experience of flexible curriculum, interdisciplinary faculty and staff, and world-class research resources and facilities.

The graduate certificate at NC State participates within the broader community of the Triangle Digital Humanities Network, including the National Humanities Center, Duke University and an existing certificate program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Together with NC State, these resources present an array of training and support opportunities for students and instructors as they innovate in DH fields such as cultural heritage digitization; media history and technologies; analysis and critique of digital culture; applied programming for analysis and visualization; project management; interface design and user experience; and/or digital pedagogies.

Program goals

Our certificate students will take a variety of pathways through the program. But by the time they complete the certificate, we hope all of our graduates should be able to:

  • Design and manage a digital humanities project
  • Analyze and critique digital projects and new media platforms
  • Apply a range of scholarly communications techniques as practiced in digital humanities
  • Apply interdisciplinary approaches to area of study
  • Use digital technologies to enhance their teaching and/or outreach


Qualifications: Applicants to the graduate certificate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program at an accredited university or the Non-Degree Studies (NDS) program at the NC State University Graduate School
  • Degree students must have a 3.00 grade point average in their graduate degree program at the time of application.
  • Non-degree students must have a final grade point average that is at least 3.00.

Courses: Students must complete 12 credit hours from the listing of approved course options (including courses offered at NC State, UNC-CH, and Duke). Additionally, the four courses must satisfy the program’s three thematic requirements as follows:

  • Context: A survey of past, present and/or future digital humanities research, teaching and alt-academic careers.
  • Training: Hands-on, experiential learning in media platforms and/or computational praxis, such as learning a programming or markup language, design software, interface protocols, project management, or other media-specific practices.
  • Applied project: A research project developed under the guidance of a participating faculty mentor in a course.

No single course can be approved for more than two of these three requirements. If there is a course on the listing that does not explicitly state which of the three thematic requirements it meets, students are encouraged to discuss with the certificate coordinator.

Proposal: As part of the application process, students must complete a proposal that details when they plan to take the four required courses and how these meet the three thematic requirements. When developing the proposal, please bear in mind:

  • Current degree students in English may apply 12 credits hours of the certificate towards their degree.
  • Current degree students in CRDM may include no more than six (6) credits from the certificate program toward their degree program.
  • TAs must consult with their adviser or TA supervisor to approve the plan for completing certificate courses in conjunction with the student’s ongoing degree work and assistantship responsibilities.
  • Current degree students in History can apply up to nine (9) towards a doctorate.
  • Students seeking the certificate from other programs must consult with those graduate coordinators to confirm allowed credits toward degree.
  • Up to three (3) credit hours of completed, approved coursework may be transferred.
  • Credit for the certificate can be earned with a different roster of approved courses than the application initially proposed, upon approval of the certificate coordinator.
  • All courses should be letter graded, although three credits of S/U-graded coursework can be used where the courses are relevant to the certificate and S/U is the only grading option.

Additionally, the certificate requirements and policies follow the standards outlined in NC State's Graduate School Handbook for Graduate Certificate Programs.

Time Frame: Students must complete their courses within a four-year time frame. The time limit will begin once the admitted student takes a course applicable towards the certificate degree. Further information about this policy can be read through the Graduate School's handbook.