Minor in Textual Studies and Digital Humanities

Undergraduate students can pursue a minor in the interdisciplinary study of the history, present, and future of texts — from scrolls, manuscripts, and printed books to archival documents, digital texts, and textual data.

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Students can explore how texts have been written, published, read, circulated, and archived from antiquity to today. Courses include hands-on work with historical texts, archival sources, and contemporary artists’ books, as well as with methods for editing, digitizing, exhibiting, and publishing texts. Students will also gain experience building and analyzing text-oriented databases and archives.

The minor will be of interest to students thinking about further studies or careers in editing and publishing, libraries and library science, archives and cultural institutions, and in contexts that involve working with cultural and literary texts in digital and/or archival environments.

25 credits total.

Including at least 2 courses from the core sequence of courses:

TXTDS 401 Text Technologies (5, max. 10) A&H/SSc
TXTDS 402 Book Arts (5, max. 10) A&H
TXTDS 403 Archives, Data, and Databases (5, max. 10) A&H/SSc
TXTDS 404 Texts, Publics and Publication (5, max. 10) A&H/SSc
TXTDS 413 Texts, Data, and Computation (5, max. 10) A&H/RSN
TXTDS 414 Digital Editing and Text Processing for Publication (5, max. 10) A&H/SSc

2 additional courses from our list of approved electives. These include any of the core courses above (which may be repeated once). And courses from the list below.

And TXTDS 405 Capstone. The capstone will entail a project — an edition, exhibit, traditional research paper, portfolio, or another type of project pertinent to the topics and goals of the minor, including potentially an internship — undertaken over the course of a quarter, under the guidance of a chosen faculty advisor or a librarian. The capstone can be completed in any quarter, including the summer.

Please reach out to Geoffrey Turnovsky or write to text@uw.edu with any questions about the minor, courses and requirements.

*** TXTDS courses tend to fill up quickly. If you are interested in the minor or have already declared it, and would like to a take a particular course in the program, please reach out in advance of registration, and let us know.

For up-to-date information about the minor, the requirements and TXTDS courses, as well as events and opportunities relevant to undergraduates in the minor or interested in the minor, sign up for our TXTDS minor mailing list.


TXTDS 224 Histories and Futures of the Book, Texts, and Reading [Offered SP 2024. See MyPlan]

TXTDS 267 Data Science and the Humanities [Offered AU 2023. See MyPlan]

FRENCH 224 Histories and Futures of the Book, Texts, and Reading [Offered SP 2024. See MyPlan]

JSIS A 224 Histories and Futures of the Book, Texts, and Reading [Offered SP 2024. See MyPlan]

ENGL 266 Literature and Technology [Offered AU 2022. See MyPlan]

ENGL 267 Introduction to Data Science in the Humanities [Offered AU 2023. See MyPlan]

ENGL 309 Theories of Reading [Offered AU 2022. See MyPlan]

ART H 400 Art History and Criticism: Re-Reading American Photographs [Offered AU 2023. See My Plan]

ASIAN 404 Writing Systems [Offered AU 2022. See MyPlan]

ASIAN 498 Special Topics: Early Chinese Texts and their Datafication [Offered AU 2023. See MyPlan]

ITAL 262 Dante’s Divine Comedy [Offered AU 2023. See MyPlan]

ITAL 355 Culture Politics, and Media in Italy [Offered AU 2022. See MyPlan]

ITAL 354 Travels, Migrations, and Exile: Encounters with the Other in Textual and Digital Archives [Offered WI 2024. See MyPlan]

HSTCMP 202 World Wars I and II Digital Histories [Offered AU 2022. See MyPlan]

HSTCMP 292 Exploring History through New Media and Technologies [Offered AU 2022. See MyPlan]

AFRAM 360 Black Digital Studies [Offered AU 2023. See MyPlan]

MELC/NEAR E 286 Themes in Middle Eastern Literature: Middle East Illustrated (offered in 22-23) [Offered SP 2023. See My Plan]

MELC 340 (course pending approval) Translation Studies: Gulliver’s Travels Among Muslims and Jews [Offered SP 2024]

MELC 351 Royal Literature in the Bible and the Ancient Near East: Rebels, Kings, and Wanderers [Offered WI 2024. See MyPlan]

MELC/NEAR E 371 Love and Empire [Offered SP 2023. See My Plan]

MELC/NEAR E 485 Digital Media: The Middle East and Central Asia [Offered AU 2022. See MyPlan]

CHID 370 The Cultural Impact of Information Technology [Offered AU 2022. See MyPlan]

INFO 101 Social Media, Ethics, and Automation [Offered AU 2022. See MyPlan]