Disciplines like history, English, and philosophy predate the era of computational approaches and large datasets, and their foundational methods are highly attuned to the study of human cultures on the micro level—such as the analysis of a single text or author, historical period, artistic movement, or abstract concept, grounded in a specific place and time. A subset of scholars trained in these disciplines have embraced and, at times, challenged the emerging field of data science, developing a cluster of approaches sometimes called “cultural analytics” to gather, analyze, interpret, and communicate insight about their objects of study on a macroscale.
This domain emphasis is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on courses across numerous disciplines as opposed to one or two fields of inquiry. Yet the core courses are designed to ground students firmly in the study of culture as it both shapes and is shaped by social, political, economic, and ideological forces.
The required library science elective applies a critical framework informed by cultural studies to the collection, organization, storage, and transmission of data, preparing students to curate, interrogate, and responsibly manage humanities datasets. You might, for example, develop a social network analysis of a given historical milieu, mine a large corpus of literary texts for formal patterns, or model the spread of folklore across time and space. Students will also have opportunities to practice conveying their findings to broad audiences through visualization, sonification, data-driven storytelling, and other media forms that draw on established genres, rhetorical traditions, and conventions, and that can be most effectively deployed by data scientists grounded in and attuned to the richness and complexity of human cultures.
Data Science majors who concentrate in cultural analytics will be well positioned to minor or double-major in any number of fields, including digital humanities, media studies, folklore and public culture, environmental humanities, English, and more.
You will take three core courses and four upper-divisional courses for the domain.
Core - take any three
|Approaches to Comparative Literature
|Themes in the Humanities
|Foundations of the English Major: Text
|Introduction to Folklore
LIB/DSCI 350M OR LIB/DSCI 400M: Humanities Research Data Management
Elective - take any three
|Literature and Digital Culture
|Technologies and Texts Capstone
|New Media and Digital Culture [Topic]
|Media Technologies and Society [Topic]
|Internet, Society, and Philosophy
|Technology Ethics [Topic]