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Humanities Computing [Graduate]

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Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
400 Arts and Convocation Hall
Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E5

General Information

The MA in Humanities Computing is an interdisciplinary program in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. The Program integrates computational methods and theories with research and teaching in the Liberal Arts. It addresses the demand for Arts graduates, proficient in computing skills, to work either in the realm of humanities, social sciences, and fine arts research and teaching, or in various sectors of the digital economy.

Students survey humanities computing and its underlying technologies as they are employed in disciplines such as history, literature, languages, cultural studies, philosophy, music, and visual arts. The aim is to show how computing enables and transforms research and teaching, and to impart technical knowledge through hands-on experience with creation, delivery, and analysis of electronic text and non-textual data and images.

The Master of Arts in Humanities Computing is offered with or without a specialization. Areas of specialization include:

Anthropology; Art and Design; Drama; East Asian Studies; English and Film Studies; History and Classics; Library and Information Studies; Linguistics; Modern Languages and Cultural Studies; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; Religious Studies; Sociology.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements for the Humanities Computing Program and the area of specialization of the participating department. Where applicable, a minimum TOEFL score, determined by the participating department, will be required. Deadline for applications for those applying to participating departments in an area of specialization is December 1; applicants to the Individualized Program must contact the Graduate Programs Assistant at for the application deadline dates, which vary by department. Applications must be sent to the Graduate Programs Assistant, Humanities Computing Program, c/o Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Room 1-22 Humanities Centre, Faculty of Arts. Applications are first reviewed by the Graduate Committee in the Humanities Computing Program and, if successful at that stage, forwarded to the participating department for its review process if the applicant requests a specialization in a participating department.

The Humanities Computing program addresses several different computer-based technologies. It does not require previous experience in these, but offers seminars to aid students in gaining the desired range of technical skills.

Financial Assistance

Participating departments may consider applicants for graduate assistantships. Humanities Computing annually provides a limited number of graduate research assistantships.

Graduate students are also eligible for various University fellowships and bursaries. Consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for details.

Graduate Program Requirements

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses can be found in Course Listings , under the subject heading Humanities Computing (HUCO).

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