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.


Students enrolled in the Certificate in Book History and Digital Humanities take 15 credit hours' worth of courses. Of those, 3 hours come from the BHDH core, and the remaining 12 hours from electives, in consultation with the certificate directors.

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

All core courses and most of the elective courses are offered both onsite and online, except where otherwise indicated.

Core Courses (choose 1 of the following 2)

  • 5341 - Histories and Theories of the Book
  • 5346 - Digital Humanities

Elective Courses (Choose 12 hours)

  • ENGL 5340 - Research Methods (only applicable when contains appropriate content)
  • ENGL 5344 - Teaching History of the Book
  • ENGL 5345 - Letterpress Printing History and Practice (onsite only)
  • 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 5388 - Usability Testing and Research
  • ENGL 5386 - Written Discourse and Social Issues

To see the broad range of possibilities available within these courses, click here. English courses not on this list and courses in other departments may be considered for credit in the certificate with the advance approval of the certificate director. To request such consideration, please contact the director, Dr Marta Kvande.

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Dr. Marta Kvande
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