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, including:

— At least 2 courses from the core sequence of courses (click on course title to see course in MyPlan):

— 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. This list is regularly updated. Other courses may count as well towards the elective requirement, if they are relevant. Please contact us with any questions.

— And TXTDS 405 Capstone. The capstone entails 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. Examples of recent capstones here and here.

We post current courses and courses for the academic year at this site.

*** Note that TXTDS courses often 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 to one of the email contacts listed below in advance of registration and let us know. We can reserve slots for you.

How to sign up?

The Textual Studies and Digital Humanities is an open interdisciplinary minor, with no prerequisites. You can sign up for the minor at any point. You sign up for the minor with your major advisor. Instructions for signing up for minors at the UW, along with answers to other questions at the Undergraduate Advising Minors page.

Questions, Contacts, and Advising
  • If you have questions about the minor — about the requirements; the courses (their content; when they are scheduled; concerns about getting a seat); how to sign up for the minor; what to do for the capstone and when to do it, etc. — you can write to Geoffrey Turnovsky or text@uw.edu. We try to keep the page of current and upcoming courses as up to date as possible. But reach out if you have any questions.

  • The Textual Studies and Digital Humanities Minor is advised by Humanities Academic Services. If you have questions relating to your degree audit, to requirements, and to fitting minor courses in with your overall course load, you can schedule an appointment with one of the advisors here.

  • 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.


*** Any of TXTDS 401, 402, 403, 404, 413 and 414 can count towards the elective requirement if taken beyond the 2 course core requirement.

TXTDS 220 Making Manuscripts: Manuscript and Handwriting Technologies from Antiquity to Today [Offered WI 2025. See MyPlan]

TXTDS 221 Artificial Intelligence and Human Creativity in Historical Perspective [Offered AU 2024. See MyPlan]

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

TXTDS 267 Data Science and the Humanities [Offered SP 2024, WI 2025. See MyPlan]

FRENCH 222 Human and Machine Translation [Offered SP 2024. See MyPlan]

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

FRENCH 379 French and Francophone Cultural and Literary History through Digital Archives and Tools [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 SP 2024, WI 2025. See MyPlan]

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

ART H 400 Art History and Criticism: Haiti and Print Culture in the Age of Revolution [Offered WI 2025. See My Plan]

ASIAN 404 Writing Systems [Offered SP 2024. 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, AU 2025. See MyPlan]

SCAND 270 Sagas of the Vikings [Offered WI 2025. See MyPlan]

SCAND 372 Old Norse-Icelandic [Offered SP 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 211 Introduction to Myths of the Ancient Middle East [Offered SP 2025. ]

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

MELC 340 Translation Studies: Gulliver’s Travels Among Muslims and Jews [Offered SP 2024, SP 2025. See My Plan]

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

MELC 352 Wisdom Literature in the Bible and the Ancient Near East: Rebels, Kings, and Wanderers [Offered WI 2024. See MyPlan]

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

MELC 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]