B.Sc. Digital Humanities Program

The Alexander-von-Humboldt Chair for Digital Humanities at the Institute for Computer Science at the University of Leipzig enables a continuing and deepening collaboration between computer science and the humanities. Although Digital Humanities is a relatively new field, it is established at universities globally. However, Leipzig is the only city in the eastern part of Germany offering such a program.

What is Digital Humanities? While humanities scholars study all aspects of human society, including culture, language, and history as well as thought and communication, Digital Humanities also aims to further develop already common processes of gaining knowledge in digital work environments and media landscapes. For example, Digital Humanities scholars research and teach in the fields of digital knowledge and cultural heritage, the usage and development of tools, responding to research questions and investigating the methodical and theoretical fundamentals of humanities in a digital world. A particular strength of the department of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig is digital philology, with a special emphasis on historical languages including Classical Arabic, Classical Greek, Latin, and Classical Persian.

Admission Requirements: High-school certificate qualifying for university admission (equal to a German Abitur), English B2 level.

Projected Start: Winter semester 2016.

Objective: The objective is the acquisition of skills that transcend traditional subject lines as well as the synergetic connection of computer science and selected fields of interest in the humanities and beyond that a connection of the former two with the field of Digital Humanities.

Curriculum: The curriculum is created after national and international standards for a B.Sc. in Digital Humanities. In the bachelor program, students acquire knowledge about a specific field within the humanities as well as equal knowledge of applied computer science. In the Digital Humanities modules, students will learn about the possibilities and synergies in the connection of both subjects.

The program comprises six semesters. In total, students earn 180 credit points (LP) evenly distributed over all semesters, meaning students earn 30 LP each semester.

Digital Humanities 25 LP
Humanities 60 LP
Computer Science 65 LP +10 LP specialization
Bachelor Thesis 10 LP
Key Qualification Module (SQ) 10 LP

The projected number of students per year is thirty. A master’s degree in Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig is currently in the planning stage.

Job Perspectives: Career opportunities for Digital Humanities graduates are mainly in the field of natural language processing, information management, and software development, in sectors of the education system (further education, higher education, schools), in the media (publishing houses, radio, television, online media, social media) as well as in institutions related to the preservation of cultural heritage (the GLAM sector: galleries, libraries, archives, museums).