Digital Humanities Minor

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The Digital Humanities (DH) minor equips students with skills to develop and apply digital methods in the study of the arts and humanities. The application of computational techniques in the arts and humanities makes research more efficient and facilitates research that would not be possible using traditional methods.

Students will acquire three main skills:

  1. Archiving
  2. Analysis
  3. Visualisation

These skills will help to enhance the students’ core work in the humanities and arts, centred on interpretation, reasoning and communication.

The minor targets students who would like to pursue HASS subjects in which they can directly and demonstrably apply the knowledge gained in their Pillar subjects in their electives. This minor also targets students who are interested in the humanities and arts, and who would like to pursue these subjects in greater depth.

Curriculum Structure

1 Digital Humanities Core Subject

  • Introduction to Digital Humanities: This subject introduces students to tools and techniques used in the three domains of data archiving, analysis and visualisation.

+ 4 Digital Humanities Electives

Students will develop the skills from the DH core subject, by applying one or more of the skills to complete one project in each elective. This project is the primary means of assessment.

List of Possible DH Electives:

  • Classical Indian Literature and Art
  • Darwin and Design
  • Global Shakespeares
  • Photography in Modern Southeast Asia History
  • Southeast Asia under Japan: Motives, Memoirs and Media
  • The Chinese Lyrical Tradition: Arts, Literature and Landscape Design
Year of Study January May September
1 Term 1

Freshmore Core Subject

Term 2

Freshmore Core Subject

2 Term 3


Term 4

DH Core Subject

3 Term 5

DH Elective 1

Term 6

DH Elective 2

4 Term 7

DH Elective 3

Term 8

DH Elective 4

Employment Prospects and Industry Support

A robust immersion into combining technical and humanistic skills, the minor will leave students well placed to apply to cutting-edge jobs in a number of fields, including, data science, geospatial information services, heritage and conservation, social media, and media arts upon graduating from SUTD.

Feedback from industry partners:

“As our society adopts machine learning and AI more aggressively, we need to be ever more mindful of socioemotional and cultural aspects of human interaction and communication. A digital humanities minor will provide engineering and design students with the critical awareness of these complex dimensions of humanity so that their innovations can be cutting edge but human-centric.”

“This Digital Humanities minor is exactly what industry needs at this point – technologists who are sensitised and sharpened to all aspects of the human condition, while having firm foundations in digital infrastructures, computational analysis and big data. I welcome the entry of more professionals with this crucial but rare combination of skills sets.”