Digital Humanities

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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MA 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.

Learn more about program requirements at the Department of Classical Studies website

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:

- Literature
- Language
- Philosophy
- Art
- History
- The History of Science
- Manuscripts
- 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. 

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MA in Digital Tools for Premodern Studies Learning Objectives
  • Students will have developed the ability to conduct research and write a graduate level research paper and/or thesis.
  • Students will have developed broad knowledge of research and practice in the field of Digital Humanities as well as a deeper focus in a particular area within the Pre-Modern world relevant to student interest
  • Students will have developed a strong competency in one or more pre-modern languages, such as Latin and Greek or other historical languages depending upon their backgrounds and goals, and have been exposed to new methods of learning and using the languages (e.g. intensive linguistic annotation, analyzing text at scale and visualizing the results).
  • Demonstrate the ability to contextualize the cultural and historical significance of a broad range of artworks
  • Students will have gained reading knowledge of a modern foreign language relevant to research in the field.
  • Students will have been exposed to new developments in the fields of Digital Humanities and of the Pre-Modern area on which they focus.
  • Students will be prepared to go on to advanced graduate programs or to positions outside academia where the skills they have acquired in the M.A. are useful.
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Program Faculty

Gregory R. Crane, Professor, Classical Studies; Program Director; Editor-in-Chief, Perseus Project; Winnick Family Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship
Ph.D., Harvard University
Greek and Latin Language and Digital Humanities

Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Associate Professor, Classical Studies; Associate Editor, Perseus Project
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Greek Religion, Epigraphy, Medieval Latin

Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., Harvard University
Greek and Roman Philosophy and Political Thought

Soha Hassoun, Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Washington
Bio Design Automation, Electronic Design Automation

Associated Faculty

J. Matthew Harrington, Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Greco-Roman Space and Architecture, Post-Augustan Latin Literature, Satire, Comparative Greek and Latin Grammar

Anne Mahoney, Senior 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
- GRE scores are not required

In addition, applicants 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 Classical Studies. 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.).

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For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the program director, Professor Gregory Crane.

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