Ad Hoc MA in Digital Humanities

Ad Hoc Master of Arts in Digital Humanities

Program Description

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers an Ad Hoc MA in Digital Humanities. The program is grounded in the computational study of art, culture, history, society, and technology. It brings together different fields of inquiry under a larger methodological domain, one that centres on the application of computational analysis toward the understanding of human culture. Whether it is the study of art, architecture, film, television, history, language, literature, media, music, or politics, what characterizes the Ad Hoc MA in Digital Humanities is a focus on learning various methods for the computational study of these phenomena as well as a critical look at the effects of computing on scholarship.

The program emphasizes course work in the areas of cultural theory, cultural analytics, and data visualization and culminates in a thesis and/or digital project. Graduates will have engaged in theoretical debates about different forms of cultural expression (film, literature, music, etc.) as well as practical and hands-on debates about applying and developing computational tools to better understand these phenomena. Graduates will be at home in and critically engaged with the increasingly digital nature of economic, social, and cultural life. Prior knowledge of programming languages is essential and should be well-described in the application.

Program Application

The application procedures can be accessed here.

Deadline

January 15

Required Documents

  • Online application form, application fee, transcripts, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Please emphasize prior programming experience.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for non-native English applicants.

Contact Information

Ms. Lynda Bastien
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
McGill University
688 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 3R1
Email: lynda.bastien [at] mcgill.ca
Phone : (514) 398-4400 ext. 09015

Course Requirements

Required Course (3 credits)

LLCU 602 The Digital Humanities 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Required Thesis courses (24 credits)

LLCU 696 Thesis Research 1 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LLCU 697 Thesis Research 2 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LLCU 698 Thesis Research 3 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LLCU 699 Thesis Research 4 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Students are expected to write a Master's Thesis. This can take the traditional form of research document (maximum 100 pages) that addresses questions of digital methods for the humanities within various disciplinary subspecialties (languages and literature, history, communication studies, etc.). It can also be a shorter (ca. 50 pages) research document that contextualizes and reflects on a substantial and original digital resource.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

  • Minimum of 9 credits (3 courses) from the lists below
  • Additional 9 credits (3 courses) can be any graduate-level course, including ones from the lists below
  • No more than 9 credits from any unit outside of LLC

Cultural Theories

ANTH 603 Theory 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 684 Contemporary Theory 1 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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ARCH 685 Contemporary Theory 2 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENGL 586 Cultural Studies: Other Media 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENGL 587 Theor Approaches to Cult St 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENGL 670 Topics in Cultural Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENGL 708 Studies in a Literary Form 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENGL 778 Studies in Visual Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENGL 785 Studies in Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMS 541 Cultural Industries 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMS 611 History / Theory / Technology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMS 647 Emerging Media 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMS 683 Special Topics:Media& Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LLCU 603 Visual Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 720 Reading in Social Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Data and Text Mining

LLCU 612 Literary Text Mining 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LLCU 614 Cultural Analytics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LLCU 689 Digital Humanities Proj Mgmt 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GLIS 601 Foundations of Info Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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GLIS 607 Organization of Information 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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  • Summer

GLIS 617 Information System Design 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GLIS 633 Multimedia Systems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GLIS 649 Digital Curation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GLIS 650 Digital Libraries 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GLIS 651 Humanities&Social Science Info 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GLIS 655 Language and Information 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GLIS 657 Database Design & Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GLIS 663 Knowledge Taxonomies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GLIS 664 Knowledge Networks 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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GLIS 679 Information Literacy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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INSY 609 Technology Project Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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INSY 633 Knowledge Mgmt&Tech for Innov. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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LING 571 Syntax 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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Quantitative and Computational Methods

COMP 535 Computer Networks 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMP 553 Algorithmic Game Theory 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMP 557 Fundamentals of Comp. Graphics 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMP 652 Machine Learning 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMP 767 Adv Topics:Applications 2 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 504 Quantitative Methods 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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SOCI 620 Quantitative Methods 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 621 Fixed and Random Effects 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 622 Event History Analysis 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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SOCI 623 Latent Variable Models 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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  • Summer

Spatial Analysis

GEOG 506 Adv Geographic Information Sci 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPE 640 Emerging Tech for Educ Change 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPE 663 Learning Environments 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Sound & Music

MUMT 501 Digital Aud. Signal Processing 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 502 Senior Proj:Music Technology 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUCO 541 Adv Digital Studio Comp 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUCO 542 Adv Digital Studio Comp 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 605 Digit Sound Synth&Aud Process 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 610 Music Technology Seminar 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 616 Timbre Form-Bearing Dim in Mus 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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MUMT 617 Cog. Dynam. of Mus. Listening 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 618 Comp. Model of Music Acoustics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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MUMT 619 Input Devices for Music. Expr. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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MUMT 620 Gestural Control of Sound Syn. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 621 Mus. Info,Retr.,Acq.,Preserv. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 622 Time-Freq.&Param. Rep. of Snds 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Contacts

For more information on the MA program, please contact the Program Co-Directors, Prof. Andrew Piper (andrew.piper [at] mcgill.ca) or Prof. Stefan Sinclair (stefan.sinclair [at] mcgill.ca).

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