Ad Hoc MA in Digital Humanities

Program Description

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers an Ad Hoc MA degree 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.

 

How To Apply

Required Documents

  • Online application form, application fee, transcripts, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (approximately 15 pages). Please emphasize prior programming experience if applicable.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for non-native English applicants.

Questions about applying?

Ms. Lynda Bastien
Graduate Coordinator
Email: lynda.bastien [at] mcgill.ca
Phone : (514) 398-4400 ext. 09015

Required Coursework

The Ad Hoc nature of our MA degree emphasizes interdisciplinary study across departments and faculties as well as graduate courses available in The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Below is a detailed explanation of required courses and complementary course offerings.

Required Course (3 credits)

LLCU 602 The Digital Humanities 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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Required Thesis courses (24 credits)

LLCU 696 Thesis Research 1 6 Credits
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LLCU 697 Thesis Research 2 6 Credits
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LLCU 698 Thesis Research 3 6 Credits
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LLCU 699 Thesis Research 4 6 Credits
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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 18 credits (6 courses) from any graduate-level course from the lists below or an unlisted course with permission granted from the Graduate Program Director of DH
  • No more than 9 credits from any unit outside of LLC

*Note: Not all of the courses listed below are offered every academic year. Please consult McGill’s e-Calendar for current course offerings.

Fall 2021

Cultural Theory

ANTH 540 Topics in Anthro. Theory 3 Credits
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ANTH 602 Theory 1 3 Credits
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ARCH 540 Sel Topics in Architecture 1 3 Credits
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ARCH 541 Sel Topics in Architecture 2 3 Credits
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COMS 630 Readings in Commun Research 1 3 Credits
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COMS 633 Feminist Media Studies 3 Credits
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COMS 646 Popular Media 3 Credits
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ECON 546 Game Theory 3 Credits
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EDEC 5648 Course not available
EDEM 609 Critical Perspect Ed Theo&Res 3 Credits
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ENGL 5778 Course not available
ENVR 585 Readings in Environment 2 3 Credits
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FREN 611 L'expérience littéraire 3 Credits
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FREN 629 Histoire des idées 3 Credits
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GEOG 509 Qualitative Methods 3 Credits
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GEOG 631 Meth of Geographical Research 3 Credits
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HISP 693 Special Topics 4 3 Credits
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HISP 713 Research Seminar 3 Credits
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HPSC 500 Interdis Sem:Hist&Philo of Sci 3 Credits
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LING 650 Testing Theories in the Lab 3 Credits
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LING 660 Semantics 3 3 Credits
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LING 671 Syntax 3 3 Credits
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LLCU 603 Visual Culture 3 Credits
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LLCU 607 Topics in Thought 3 Credits
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LLCU 609 Literary Theory 3 Credits
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PHIL 634 Seminar:Ethics 3 Credits
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PHIL 644 Political Theory 3 Credits
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POLI 612 Research Methods in Poli Sci 3 Credits
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POLI 643 Politics of Identity 3 Credits
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PSYC 513 Human Decision-Making 3 Credits
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PSYC 526 Advances in Visual Perception 3 Credits
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SOCI 519 Gender and Globalization 3 Credits
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WMST 601 Feminist Theories and Methods 3 Credits
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Computational Method

COMP 512 Distributed Systems 4 Credits
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COMP 521 Modern Computer Games 4 Credits
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COMP 5231 Course not available
COMP 535 Computer Networks 4 Credits
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COMP 547 Cryptography & Data Security 4 Credits
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COMP 550 Natural Language Processing 3 Credits
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COMP 551 Applied Machine Learning 4 Credits
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COMP 557 Fundamentals of Comp. Graphics 4 Credits
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COMP 558 Fund. of Computer Vision 4 Credits
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GLIS 601 Foundations of Info Studies 3 Credits
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GLIS 607 Organization of Information 3 Credits
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GLIS 609 Metadata & Access 3 Credits
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GLIS 614 Public Libraries 3 Credits
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GLIS 616 Information Retrieval 3 Credits
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GLIS 617 Information System Design 3 Credits
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GLIS 619 Info Behaviour and Resources 3 Credits
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GLIS 625 Information Architecture 3 Credits
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GLIS 626 Usability Analysis&Assessment 3 Credits
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GLIS 633 Digital Media 3 Credits
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GLIS 642 Preservation Management 3 Credits
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GLIS 657 Database Design & Development 3 Credits
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GLIS 664 Knowledge Networks 3 Credits
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GLIS 679 Information Literacy 3 Credits
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GLIS 690 Information Policy 3 Credits
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GLIS 703 Research Paradigms in IS 3 Credits
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INSY 652 Predictive Analytics 3 Credits
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INSY 709 IT & Digital Economy 3 Credits
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LING 645 Computational Research on Lang 3 Credits
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Winter 2021

Cultural Theory

ENGL 670 Topics in Cultural Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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FREN 628 Théorie littéraire 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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FREN 697 Méthodologie&Théorie Litt 3 Credits
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GEOG 631 Meth of Geographical Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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GERM 580 Topics in German Lit & Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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LING 521 Dialectology 3 Credits
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LING 571 Syntax 2 3 Credits
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PHIL 685 Fundamentals of Logic 3 Credits
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POLI 611 Qualitative Analysis 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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POLI 615 Gender and Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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PSYC 506 Cognitive Neuroscience of Attn 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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PSYC 545 Topics in Language Acquisition 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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SOCI 501 Capitalism Socialism & Democ 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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Computational Method

COMP 551 Applied Machine Learning 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
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COMP 597 Topics in Computer Science 4 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
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COMP 598 Topics in Computer Science 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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COMP 599 Topics in Computer Science 2 4 Credits
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COMS 630 Readings in Commun Research 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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GLIS 608 Classification & Cataloguing 3 Credits
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GLIS 611 Research Principles&Analysis 3 Credits
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GLIS 615 Reference&Information Services 3 Credits
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GLIS 620 Managing Info. Organizations 3 Credits
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GLIS 627 User-Centered Design 3 Credits
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GLIS 629 Information Security 3 Credits
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GLIS 630 Data Mining 3 Credits
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GLIS 634 Web System Design & Management 3 Credits
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GLIS 641 Archival Description & Access 3 Credits
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GLIS 645 Archival Principles & Practice 3 Credits
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GLIS 649 Digital Curation 3 Credits
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GLIS 660 Enterprise Content Management 3 Credits
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GLIS 661 Knowledge Management 3 Credits
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GLIS 663 Knowledge Taxonomies 3 Credits
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GLIS 665 Competitive Intelligence 3 Credits
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INSY 609 Technology Project Management 3 Credits
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INSY 642 Tech. and Tools for Analytics 3 Credits
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MUMT 621 Mus. Info,Retr.,Acq.,Preserv. 3 Credits
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Contact

For more information on the Ad Hoc MA program, please contact:

Cecily.Raynor [at] mcgill.ca (Professor Cecily Raynor) | Graduate Program Director of DH 

digital.humanites [at] mcgill.ca (Kate Bundy) | Digital Humanities Project Manager 

 

 

 

 

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