Texas Tech University

Book History and Digital Humanities

Texas Tech University's Graduate Certificate in Book History and Digital Humanities helps meet the clear need for training in digital humanities and history of the book for graduate students across the curriculum; for professionals in the workforce; and for graduating seniors in the humanities wishing to broaden their job opportunities. Students can enroll in courses in order to prepare for a career in publishing, civil service, industry, digital humanities, library science, or the academy; develop new workplace skills or supplements existing skills; learn best practices for converting cultural artifacts into digital form; understand the relationship between print culture, book history, and textual criticism; and develop or improve pedagogical or technological skills.

Program Overview

  • 15 credit hours
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
  • All coursework may be completed online, no campus visits are required (additional electives are available onsite, but are not required to obtain certificate).
  • Completion time varies. Because of the variety of electives offered, not all courses may be offered in a single academic year. Students do not need to complete the entire program within a single academic year.
  • Program Website

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to the projected initial enrollment.

  1. Complete the  Graduate Admissions application.
    • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
    • Students who plan to pursue only the Book History and Digital Humanities Certificate and do not plan to earn a master's degree do not need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the University.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
  2. Submit additional application materials to the co-directors of the certificate program. You may submit materials as PDF or word processor files via email to marta.kvande@ttu.edu. For hard copies, use the following address: Dr. Jennifer Snead or Dr. Marta Kvande, Certificate in Book History and Digital Humanities, Department of English, P.O. 43091, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409:
    • A 500-700 word essay indicating the following:
      • Your interest in book history or digital humanities
      • Any previous experience with book history or digital humanities
      • The areas of book history or digital humanities which interest you
      • How you anticipate that a certificate in book history or digital humanities will further your career
      • If applicable - If you are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, how completing the courses in the graduate certificate in book history or digital humanities complements your degree plan.
    • Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on your skills and career plans. Those letters can be included in your application packet or sent directly from your recommenders to the co-directors.
    • Unofficial transcripts from your most recent degree. If you have already earned an advanced degree (MA, MS, MLS, JD, etc), you may omit this documentation.
  3. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the Certificate in Book History and Digital Humanities take 15 credit hours' worth of courses. Of those, six hours come from the BHDH core, and the remaining nine hours from electives, in consultation with the certificate directors. All courses listed below are available online.

Required Courses (2 of the following): 6 Credit hours

ENGL 5341 Histories and Theories of the Book
ENGL 5344 Teaching History of the Book
ENGL 5346 Digital Humanities

Elective Courses (3 of the following): 9 Credit hours

ENGL 5340 Research Methods
ENGL 5347 Scholarly Editing in Digital Environments
ENGL 5348 Topics in History of the Book
ENGL 5349 Religion and the Material Text
ENGL 5369 Discourse and Technology
ENGL 5375 Document Design
ENGL 5376 Online Publishing
ENGL 5386 Written Discourse and Social Issues
ENGL 5387 Publications Management
ENGL 5388 Usability

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