CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL HUMANITIES
The Dual Degree Master of Arts in French Studies and Advanced Certificate in Digital Humanities integrates the study of French studies with the tools of computer science. The courses in the Advanced Certificate give students proficiency in Python, a popular programming language widely used in data visualization and analysis, in database tools essential for organizing and publishing large collections of digital materials, and in website design and development. All digital humanities courses are project-based. There are no computer science prerequisites.
This degree requires the successful completion of six courses at the IFS, a comprehensive examination in French Studies, and 5 courses in digital Humanities. All aspects of the M.A. program in French Studies apply to this dual program, except that the latter is a four-semester program and students divide their time between the IFS and Digital Humanities. Although other study plans may be designed in consultation with an IFS faculty advisor, a typical course load in this program breaks down as follows: 1 course in Digital Humanities and 2 in French Studies during the first fall semester; 2 courses in Digital Humanities and 1 in French Studies during the spring semester of year 1; 2 French Studies courses in Paris during the summer session; 2 Digital Humanities courses and 1 French Studies course during the fall of year 2.
All students are required to take the history course on 19th Century France (IFST-GA.1610). Students pick the remaining five courses from the IFS course offerings. The choice of courses is made in consultation with an IFS faculty advisor on the basis of interest, previous training, and professional needs. IFS courses are grouped into four fields:
I. History: Current and recent courses include Nineteenth-Century France, Twentieth-Century France, France and the Maghreb, France and Africa, Colonial and Postcolonial French Antilles, and topics in French History: Journalism.
II. Society: Current and recent courses include Education in France, Immigration in France, the Urban Question in France, and Race, Class and Gender in French Society.
III. Politics and the Economy: Current and recent courses include The Fifth Republic, The Extreme Right in France, France and Globalization, and Topics in the French Economy: Work and Its Market.
IV. Culture in Society: Current and recent courses in Culture include the Invention of the Belle Epoque, the Sociolinguistics of French, Cinema and history, and Press, Society, and Literature Since the 19th Century.
The M.A. examination is a five-hour written exam (in English). Students are eligible to take it only after all eight courses have been completed with at least a B average. M.A. candidates are examined in the fields of History and Society. They also choose a third field, which may either be Politics and the Economy or Culture in Society. Please note that some courses are useful for preparation in more than one field.
The M.A. in French Studies requires 32 points and the Advanced Certificate in Digital Humanities requires 20 points, 52 points in total if each degree is done separately. The dual degree allows the double counting of the 8 points of Approved Electives in the Advanced Certificate toward the required Electives of the M.A. in French Studies, resulting in a total of 44 points required to earn both degrees.
19th-Century France, IFST-GA 1610 4 points
Introduction to Programming, CSCI-GA 1120 4 points
Choose two of the following four courses: 8 points
Programming Applications, CSCI-GA 1123
Web Development, CSCI-GA 1122
Working with Data, CSCI-GA 1121
Statistics: Understanding and Using Data, DHSS-GA 1100
Approved Digital Humanities Electives 8 points
French Studies Electives 20 points
Total 44 points