Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies

Looking for skills to supplement a humanities degree? Consider Salem State University’s graduate certificate in digital studies. Today’s humanities are changing quickly. They are increasingly digital in nature, and students with graduate level training in digital studies can build careers in many fields. The graduate certificate in digital studies offers students advanced skills in digital writing, data visualization, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, digital content strategy and curation, digital stewardship, digital mapping, and topic modeling. These skills offer students the expertise to succeed in:


  • Digital cultural heritage preservation
  • Graduate study in the humanities
  • K-12 and college instruction
  • Journalism and new media
  • Libraries and museums
  • Digital archiving and stewardship


Innovative, flexible, and practical for professionals and academics in almost any discipline, the certificate in digital studies will update your humanities degree while helping you leverage your training to meet the demands of a new cultural marketplace.

Program Features

  • Online and small seminar formats available
  • Four courses, two required and two electives, for a total of 12 credits
  • Internship option available
  • One year to completion


The curriculum consists of two core courses and two electives.
Visit the 2016-2017 School of Graduate Studies catalog Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies page for more course details and program requirements.

Required Courses

ENG 713 Digital Humanities 

ENG 830 Digital Writing 


Choose two electives from any category.


ENG 715 Topics in Digital Studies (sample topics may include global digital humanities, literary studies in the digital age, digital rhetoric, and digital pedagogy)

ENG 876 Directed Study

ENG 879 Internship in Digital Humanities 

Library Media Studies

LBS 724 Electronic Technologies for Information Retrieval 

LBS 850 Emerging Technologies for Libraries


EDU 869A Design and Production of Media Materials


HST 705 Institute: Information Technology in History

HST 990 Internship  


The graduate certificate in digital studies equips students with skills necessary for 21st century literacies: critical thinking and problem solving; creativity and innovation; community and collaboration; and the transformation of traditional writing into digital genres. Digital studies and the digital humanities help to prepare students for careers in cultural institutions such as academic libraries and museums and equips educators with the tools to prepare their students for the demands of the 21st century.