The MA in Humanities Computing is an interdisciplinary program in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. The Program integrates computational methods and theories with research and teaching in the Liberal Arts. It addresses the demand for Arts graduates, proficient in computing skills, to work either in the realm of humanities, social sciences, and fine arts research and teaching, or in the emerging job markets of information management and content delivery over the Internet.
In a set of core courses, students survey humanities computing and its underlying technologies as they are employed in disciplines such as history, literature, languages, cultural studies, philosophy, music, and visual arts. The aim is to show how computing enables and transforms research and teaching, and to impart technical knowledge through hands-on experience with creation, delivery, and analysis of electronic text and non-textual data and images.
In the second year, the students extend their knowledge of humanities computing by taking elective courses, in Humanities Computing or other Arts disciplines, and by completing a thesis in which they address an interdisciplinary research or teaching issue.
The Master of Arts in Humanities Computing is offered by itself or in conjunction with existing graduate programs in the Faculty of Arts and the School of Library and Information Studies. Students applying to the MA in Humanities Computing can choose from the following participating departments as an area of specialization within the Humanities Computing Program: Anthropology; Art and Design; Comparative Literature Program, Office of Interdisciplinary Studies; Religious Studies Program, Office of Interdisciplinary Studies; Drama; East Asian Studies; English and Film Studies; History and Classics; Individualized Program, Office of Interdisciplinary Studies; Linguistics; Modern Languages and Cultural Studies; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; School of Library and Information Studies; Sociology. Alternatively applicants can choose the Individualized program without a specialization.
Applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements for the Humanities Computing Program and the area of specialization of the participating department. Where applicable, a minimum TOEFL score, determined by the participating department, will be required. Deadline for applications for those applying to participating departments in an area of specialization is December 1; applicants to the Individualized Program must contact the Graduate Programs Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org for the application deadline dates, which vary by department. Applications must be sent to the Graduate Programs Assistant, Humanities Computing Program, c/o Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Room 1-22 Humanities Centre, Faculty of Arts. Applications are first reviewed by the Graduate Committee in the Humanities Computing Program and, if successful at that stage, forwarded to the participating department for its review process if the applicant requests a specialization in a participating department.
The Humanities Computing program addresses several different computer-based technologies. It does not require previous experience in these, but offers seminars to aid students in gaining the desired range of technical skills.
Participating departments may consider applicants for graduate assistantships. Deadlines for consideration for financial assistance vary by participating departments. Humanities Computing annually provides a number of scholarships and graduate research assistantships. Scholarships and assistantships will not be offered to any student until the student has been formally admitted to the graduate program. Graduate students are also eligible for various University Fellowships and Bursaries depending on eligibility. For details see www.gradstudies.ualberta.ca