Texas Tech University

Book History & Digital Humanities

About the Certificate

Book History examines the creation, production, distribution, and reception of “texts,” from oral, written, and printed texts to contemporary forms of visual and digital media. Book history examines the social, cultural, economic, and political history of different types of "texts," considering the various actors in their creation, production, circulation, and reception.

Students pursuing study in book history will have the chance to take courses in book history, digital humanities, media studies, and appropriate literary periods and subjects. Students will have access to Special Collections Library at TTU, and the department's Letterpress Studio, Media Lab, and book history classroom. The department also has significant digital humanities resources for students, and faculty regularly teach graduate courses that include digital humanities pedagogy and projects.

Strengths of the Certificate

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.

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.


To pursue study in book history and digital humanities, MA students may takes as many as 15 hours of coursework in such areas. PhD students must take at least 18 hours or more of coursework in order to specialize in the field. Graduate students at any level can pursue a certificate in book history and digital humanities. Students enrolled in the certificate take 15 credit hours' worth of courses. Of those, six hours come from the book history and digital humanities core, and the remaining nine hours from electives, in consultation with the certificate director.

Certificate students must submit the Graduate Certificate Program plan to the certificate director before the second semester of enrollment in the certificate.

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Dr. Marta Kvande
For more information about the Book History emphasis or for general information about graduate study in English at Texas Tech University