Graduate Certificate in Textual Studies

MA and PhD students in any program at the UW can earn a Graduate Certificate in Textual and Digital Studies.

The certificate is based on completion of 16 total credits. These include:

  • Two courses chosen from the list of core electives for 2022-2023:
    • Autumn 2022
      • TXTDS 504 — Texts, Publics, and Publication (offered with TXTDS 414)
      • LIS 572 — Introduction to Data Science: Applications in Library Science and Humanities Research
    • Winter 2023
      • TXTDS 501 — Text Technologies: Medieval Manuscript Cultures (offered with TXTDS 401)
      • TXTDS 501 — Text Technologies: History of the Book in South Asia (offered with ASIAN 541)
      • LIS 529 — Digital Humanities Librarianship
    • Spring 2023
      • TXTDS 503 — Archives, Data and Databases: 20th Century Book History and Digital Humanities (offered with ENGL 504)
      • TXTDS 413 — Texts, Data and Computation: Introduction to Cultural Analytics (offered with INFO 498)
  • One open elective, to be chosen in consultation with the student’s TDS advisor. This course will ideally integrate the student’s TDS interests with work in his/her home department.
  • Capstone (1 credit). Participating for one quarter in the Textual Studies Program Colloquium, including presenting a paper that builds on and unifies the work done in TDS courses.
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Important note: As of July 2022, there is no longer a limit to overlapping credits between the graduate certificate and MA degree. For more information, see the Graduate School Memo 43: Graduate Certificates.

Admission: Interested students should apply here (UW ID required). The prerequisite for admission to the TDS Graduate Certificate is good academic standing in a master’s or doctoral program at UW. Please contact either Jeffrey Todd Knight ( or Geoffrey Turnovsky ( with any questions about your eligibility or other aspects of the program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission before beginning their coursework.