Courses (DigHT)

Most of the courses offered through the Digital Humanities and Technology program are organized into two-course sequences or “tracks.” There are no restrictions or prerequisites for enrolled BYU students who wish to register for any of the 200-level courses.

All DigHT courses seek to integrate technology tools with content from the Humanities, and are held in computer labs where every student has access to the tools and content. In most of these courses, lectures are the exception, not the rule. Class time is more often organized as group discussions and time to experiment with the technology. Most class projects allow students to integrate their own interests into the products they produce.

Digital Humanities Track

DigHT 215: Introduction to the Digital Humanities. An introduction to the premises and practices of the Digital Humanities. An exploration of current technology used in Digital Humanities research. Note: This course is required for the Digital Humanities and Technology minor degree.
3.0 credits, fall and winter semesters.

DigHT 315: Research in the Digital Humanities. Applications of computer technology to research in the Digital Humanities across language and literature, e.g., text processing, data mining, visualizations etc. Prerequisite: DigHT 215.
3.0 credits, winter semester.

Programming Track

DigHT 210: Humanities Technology: Tools & Skills. An introduction to the fundamental principles and skills of programming. Students create applications using the LiveCode programming environment. No previous programming experience is required.
3.0 credits, fall and winter semesters.

DigHT 310: Programming in the Humanities. Covers intermediate topics in programming and creating applications in the LiveCode programming environment. Includes digital media integration as well as networked and mobile (iOS and Android) app development. Prerequisite: DigHT 210.
3.0 credits, winter semester.

Print Publishing Track

DigHT 230: Introduction to Print Publishing. An introduction to print design, typesetting and their place in the publication process. Focuses on basic design theory and technical skills with Adobe InDesign. Includes instruction on Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. No previous design or publishing experience is required. Note: This course is required for the Editing minor.
3.0 credits, fall and winter semesters, spring term.

DigHT 330: Intermediate Print Publishing. Teaches advanced application of digital layout and typesetting using Adobe InDesign, as well as image preparation using Adobe Photoshop. Prerequisite: DigHT 230.
3.0 credits, winter semester.

Web Track

DigHT 250: Web Publishing. An introduction to web programming. Includes HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript. Also covers the history of the Web, its standards, and the implications of its preeminence in modern civilization. No previous programming or web development experience is required, but students should be comfortable using the Web.
3.0 credits, fall and winter semesters.

DigHT 350: Web Information Technologies. Covers database design (MySQL) and server-side scripting (PHP) to create dynamic Web sites. Includes techniques for Web-based Digital Humanities applications, (e.g., crowd-sourced markup, automatic data visualizations, etc.). Prerequisite: DigHT 250.
3.0 credits, fall and winter semesters.


DigHT 270: Introduction to Localization. Covers basic techniques and best practices of the localization industry. Includes introduction to translation and localization software and an emphasis on the cultural aspects of localization. Note: This course is required for the Localization minor.
3 credits, fall semester.

Capstone Experiences

DigHT 495R: Digital Humanities Project. An original research or development project on open questions within the Digital Humanities field or to meet a need of a faculty member in the College of Humanities. Note: Projects must be proposed and approved by the DigHT coordinator. Prerequisite: Any 300-level DigHT course.
1.0-3.0 credits, fall and winter semesters.

DigHT 496R: Technology Internship. Any on-campus or off-campus intenship that requires skills covered in DigHT courses. Past interns have worked in print and electronic publishing production, courseware and software development, museum collection management, language translation and product localization, social media marketing, and more. The DigHT program has a limited number of unpaid internships available to qualified students. All interships must be approved by the internship provider, the DigHT internship coordinator, and BYU’s Internship Office before registration. Prerequisite: Any 300-level DigHT course.
1.0-3.0 credits, fall and winter semesters, spring term.