New media and new technology are important to the PhD in history, but the degrees of engagement will vary for different students depending on their interests and goals. For some students, history and new media will be central to their programs; for others, it will play a much smaller role.
There are four different ways that doctoral students might work with new media and new technology.
New Media Literacy: We believe that in the twenty-first century, all historians need to be aware of the possibilities and limitations of new technology for researching, presenting, and teaching about the past. To ensure that all our students acquire that basic literacy, we require everyone to take a two-semester sequence, History 696: Clio Wired: An Introduction to New Media and History 697: Creating History in New Media. In addition, all students need to demonstrate basic computer competence.
New Media Minor: Some students in the doctoral program will want to develop more advanced skills in new media and will select it as one of their two minor fields. As with other minor fields, they will fulfill the requirement through the completion of 9 credit hours and a field statement. For the new media minor, students can count one technical course and one internship course. Minors in New Media will generally focus in a particular area such as public history, museums, teaching, or scholarship.
New Media Dissertation: We imagine that dissertations will in some cases involve a hybrid of text and digital work. We are still working on specific guidelines for such experimental dissertations.
Work with the Center for History and New Media (CHNM): CHNM sponsors many projects in digital media. We hope that some doctoral students will choose to work with the Center as Graduate Research Assistants, interns, or volunteers. We also encourage students to propose projects of their own to the Center. Please come by Research 1, Room 450, and meet the faculty and students working at the Center.