Update on the new MA in Digital Tools for Premodern Studies at Tufts

Beginning in Fall 2017
Applications due: February 15, 2017
General information: http://ase.tufts.edu/classics/graduate/digitalTools.htm

In September 2016, we announced the creation of a new MA at Tufts University (“Considering a post-bac in Classics? Think about the new MA in Digital Tools for Premodern Studies at Tufts.” This new program builds upon the established programs in Ancient Greek and Latin, as well as Sanskrit and Classical Arabic (which faculty in the Tufts Classics Department also already support), students are not limited to working with only these languages. If you have a historical language about which you feel passionate, we would welcome the opportunity to work on ways to support the development of skills in additional languages. Our goal is ultimately to support a global philology where students of many different languages from different cultures work more closely together.

During the fall, there were a number of developments of potential interest to applicants.

We now have a model for the opening semester, during which students will develop core skills and systematic exposure to work in Digital Classics as a whole in two complementary courses. The Computer Science Department has introduced a new course, an Introduction to Digital Humanities, taught by Prof. Marie-Claire Beaulieu, from the Department of Classics, and Dr. Anthony Bucci, a lecturer in Computer Science. This course focused particular upon the structure, visualization, and analysis of data in the Humanities and represents a step towards data science for the Humanities. In addition, Gregory Crane, Professor of Classics with a secondary appointment in Computer Science at Tufts, will teach a pro-seminar based upon the Sunoikisis Digital Classics Program. During 2016, Sunoikisis produced more than 30 online presentations, most with slides and readings, with a focus on language and text in the spring and summer and then in the fall on History and Archaeology. These two courses will give students a consistent curriculum and an opportunity to track the state-of-the-art in Digital Classics in the US and beyond.

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