Minor in Public History and Digital Humanities

“Public History and the Digital Humanities” is an interdisciplinary minor at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS) open to students in any major in the School of Arts and Science or the La Penta School of Business. This minor explores the interrelated fields of public history and digital humanities, studying each as virtual and physical communities, sets of research methods and practices, and a shared commitment to accessible communication of knowledge. Inspired by the work of Thomas Paine in politics, activism, media, and communication, “Public History and the Digital Humanities” empowers students to gain scholarly and pre-professional experience in a wide range of experiential and intellectual formats.

The goals of the program are:’

Through a required internship in public and digital history, students will hone stills in wide range of projects and learning formats in museum and archival studies, with a particular emphasis on building historical and digital community, both in New Rochelle and around the country. These include onsite collaborations with the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum and the Fred Smith Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Examples of types of work done in this internship include: social media strategy; website and digital outreach; event planning and fundraising; exhibit curation; archival cataloguing and preservation; visitor engagement, tour development, and multi-language docent work; database development; and other aspects of non-profit organizational development.

Through a required course in Public History and the Digital Humanities, students will gain an understanding of the origins, development and current status of those two fields, as well as strategies for rendering both relevant to their personal and professional goals. In particular, the “Public History and Digital Humanities” minor reinforces the Iona mission in its commitment to community engagement, intellectual inquiry, and a commitment to diversity. These values are inherent and foundational to both the digital humanities and public history, particularly in those fields shared emphasis understanding the technological and digital impact on society. As a result, students will gain a proficiency in related civic and personal development skills, in particular media and information literacy.

Students will gain key work experience and networking opportunities, from access to the McNeil Center for Early American Studies Undergraduate Research Workshop (URW) to other initiatives such as the TAP project at the ITPS. Students will develop key job skills relevant to work as historical consultants in television, theater, and the arts, museum professionals, government employees, archivists, library and information science, heritage and cultural resource managers and preservationists, curators, film, journalist, and media experts, and policy and community activists.
Required Courses:
DH 210 – Introduction to Public History and Digital Humanities Credits: 3
DH 492 – Public History and Digital Humanities Internship Credits: 3

Electives: Choose any three courses from the following:
BUS 150 – Introduction to Information Systems Credits: 3
BUS 240 – Principles of Marketing Credits: 3CRJ 205 – Introduction to Criminal Justice Credits: 3
CRJ 210 – Professional Standards & Ethical Considerations in Criminal Justice Credits: 3
CRJ 330 – Criminal Justice Criminology Credits: 3
CRJ 400 – Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology Credits: 3
CS 140 – Computers, Technology and Society Credits: 3
CS 321 – Database Design & Implementation Credits: 3
EDU 383 – Instruction and Assessment for Teaching Social Studies to All Children Credits: 3
ENG 423 – English Literature of the Eighteenth Century Credits: 3
ENG 454 – Digital Age Writing, Reading and Living Credits: 3
ENT 200 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Practice & Mindset Credits: 3
ENT 309 – The Art of Curating Credits: 3
FPA 246 – Digital Photography and Imaging Manipulation Credits: 3
HST 207 – Growth of the American Republic Credits: 3
HST 310 – American Colonial History Credits: 3
HST 316 – The Age of Revolution and Historical Memory Credits: 3
MTH 124 – Interpreting Information Credits: 3
MSC 225 – Introduction to Digital Media & Production Credits: 3
MSC 230 – Digital Literacy and Practice Credits: 3
MSC 323 – Digital Advertising Credits: 3
PHL 381 – Philosophy of Law Credits: 3
POL 314 – American Political Thought Credits: 3
POL 327 – Politics and Media Credits: 3
RST 317 – The American Religious Experience Credits: 3
SOC 301 – Major Social Thinkers Credits: 3
SOC 372 – Sociology of Popular Culture Credits: 3
SOC 430 – The Sociology of International Development Credits: 3
SOW 2230 – Social Welfare and Society Credits: 4