In the Digital Tools for Premodern Studies program, you will learn to build research projects that tackle questions across the whole field of premodern studies while using and developing new digital technologies.
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M.A. in Digital Tools for Premodern Studies
In this program, you will study of the creation, transmission, preservation, and transformation of knowledge across time and culture from Antiquity to the Renaissance and the early modern period. Computerized techniques are particularly useful for this field of inquiry as they allow for processing large amounts of data across the barriers of time and space, but also language and medium.
As a student in the Digital Tools for Premodern Studies program, you will:
- Gain a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the humanities
- Develop a research portfolio in hands-on classes and labs
- Develop a personalized employment profile that can lead to careers in education, archiving, data science, or technology
At the end of the two year course of studies, you will have acquired familiarity with the process of advanced research in the humanities as well as with a range of computerized methods for data collection, formatting, analysis, annotation, and display.
Research in the Humanities
Tufts has developed a unique environment where humanities research is integrated directly into the curriculum. The Perseus Digital Library and the Perseids project offer regular opportunities for research activities. You will have the opportunity to contribute to active and established research projects and to set up your own. Your research may focus on:
- The History of Science
- and many other subfields.
Who should apply?
We encourage anyone interested in the intersection of the humanities and technology to apply. Students may have a background in any branch of premodern studies and have demonstrated proficiency in at least one of the languages that are relevant for their proposed field of study. No computing skills are necessary to begin the program.
Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Professor of Political Science; Chair of Classics, Program Director
Ph.D., Harvard University
Greek and Roman Philosophy and Political Thought
Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Associate Professor, Classics; Associate Editor, Perseus Project
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Greek Religion, Epigraphy, Medieval Latin
Gregory R. Crane, Professor, Classics; Editor-in-Chief, Perseus Project; Winnick Family Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship; Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Digital Humanities at Leipzig University
Ph.D., Harvard University
Greek and Latin Language and Digital Humanities
Soha Hassoun, Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Washington
Bio Design Automation, Electronic Design Automation
Alexander May, Metadata Librarian, Tisch Library
M.A., Library and Information Science, Simmons College
Rare Books, Metadata Support, Digital Humanities, Digitization
J. Matthew Harrington, Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Greco-Roman Space and Architecture, Post-Augustan Latin Literature, Satire, Comparative Greek and Latin Grammar
Anne Mahoney, Lecturer
Ph.D., Boston University
Classical Tradition and Reception, Linguistics, Ancient Drama, Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit Language and Literature
Riccardo Strobino, Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Greek, Latin, and Arabic Traditions
Jennifer Eyl, Assistant Professor, Religion
Ph.D., Brown University
Early Christianity, Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity, Hellenistic Philosophies
Christiana Olfert, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., Columbia University
Ancient Philosophy, Ethics
The application deadline for fall enrollment is February 15.
Successful applicants will have:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- Achieved competitive scores on both the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections of the GRE
In addtion, applicates are required to have attained advanced proficiency in either Greek or Latin so as to enable them to enroll in graduate-level courses in the Department of Classics. For admission, proficiency will be established by their transcript. Upon matriculation, students will take placement exams in Latin, Greek, or both depending on their background.
Personal statement prompt: describe a humanities research question that you would like to pursue in the program and the digital methods you would like to apply. Feel free to submit this in writing (20 pages maximum), or through other media (e.g. a link to a GitHub repo, a website, etc.).