What is digital history and why does it matter?  In this course, we will answer these questions by exploring both the “digital” and “history” of digital history.  Designed for first-year students interested in history and/or the intersection of computing and the humanities, the course will introduce students to the discipline of history while exploring digital history’s fundamental theories and methods.  Along the way, we will put these lessons to practice, honing digital, oral, and historical research skills (this course fulfills FYDT, FYOC, and CH requirements).  Through a series of individual and group assignments, including maintaining a course blog, students will ultimately complete collaborative digital history projects based on original research.

learning outcomes

By taking this course, students will enhance their ability to:

  1. Utilize digital technology to undertake, analyze, and present historical research.
  2. Evaluate a variety of digital tools and historical methods and projects.
  3. Assess the credibility of digital and non-digital primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
  4. Understand fundamental debates in the field of digital history.
  5. Orally communicate the analyses listed above.
  6. Work collaboratively to think through course topics and produce assignments.