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 are offering in Spring 2015 ...

  • 5347 -- Scholarly Editing in Digital Environments -- will be taught by Dr. Ann R. Hawkins.
    • This course fulfills one of the two required courses for the certificate.
  • 5345 -- Letterpress Printing History and Practice -- will be taught by Dr. Jennifer Snead, co-director of the graduate certificate in BHDH. Dr. Snead recently completed a course in printing and book arts at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Onsite only.
  • ARTH 5305 -- Topics in Art History: Mesoamerican Manuscripts -- will be taught by Dr. Carolyn Tate, Professor, School of Art. Onsite. Here's Dr. Tate's course description:

In 1541, Franciscan friar Motolinia described the books he encountered in Mexico: "These books were written in symbols and pictures." They were dangerous, he wrote, because they told about the invisible world, about cycles of time and fate. The Aztec manuscripts he described were not the only kinds of books found in the Americas. There were also the astronomical and calendric books of the Maya and the historical genealogies of the Mixtec, which traced their ancestors back to an ancient genesis from trees. The sixteen Pre-Columbian manuscripts that survived the iconoclasm of the European invasion of Mesoamerica document the way indigenous societies presented and preserved history, ritual, and knowledge of the natural world. Colonial manuscripts, numbering in the hundreds, demonstrate the extraordinary flexibility and tenacity of native writing systems in the period following the conquest. This seminar will survey the Pre-Columbian and 16th century manuscripts in relation to indigenous intellectual, aesthetic, and political traditions. It will focus on the kinds of knowledge that the codices document and the strategies the ancient artists used to convey that knowledge.

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.
    • Taught by Ann Hawkins in alternate springs
  • 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)
    • To be taught by Jennifer Snead in Spring 2015. Miles Kimball will teach this course in Spring 2017.
  • 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.
    • Taught by Miles Kimball in Fall 2014
  • 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.
    • To be taught by Ann Hawkins in Spring 2015
  • 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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