Texas Tech University

Book History and Digital Humanities

Graduate Certificate in Book History and Digital Humanities

The TTU 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. We offer the certificate both onsite and online.


What courses we offer in the certificate...

The TTU graduate certificate offers the most robust set of courses in Book History and Digital Humanities of any program in the country.

  • 5341 Histories and Theories of the Book - Surveys the global history of written communication from the earliest writing systems to the rise of digital technologies.
  • 5344 Teaching History of the Book - Surveys the best practices for integrating book history and material studies into the postsecondary and graduate classroom in the Humanities.
  • 5345 Letterpress Printing History and Practice - Surveys the historical rise of printing from Gutenberg, with practical experience in letterpress printing on a 19th century historic iron handpress. (onsite only)
  • 5346 Digital Humanities - Surveys the theories, best practices, and technologies (i.e., TEI, CSS, XSLT, and GIS) associated with transforming cultural, historical, and literary texts into digital form. 
  • 5347 Scholarly Editing in Digital Environments - Surveys the theories and best practices for textual editors and examines the implications associated with transforming cultural artifacts into digital form.
  • 5348 Studies in History of the Book - Concentrated study of specific problems in the history of the book and material culture. May be repeated when topics vary.
  • 5349 Religion and Material Texts - Explores the relationship between religion and material texts across histories and cultures.
    • Taught by Jennifer Snead in Spring 2014 as 18thC Religious Texts and the Marketplace.

Why you should do take the certificate as a stand-alone or as a supplement to your existing degree program....

Recent graduates of our onsite graduate program with a book history emphasis have garnered jobs in publishing, in civil service, in industry, in libraries, and in the academy.

In recent years, postings in the Modern Language Association JobList increasingly request applicants with  Book History or Digital Humanities experience. The TTU certificate will help students develop the skills and networking opportunities to be competitive in this challenging market.

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.

What it will cost...

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