The Minor in Digital Humanities seeks to equip students with critical thinking and technological skills, while providing hands on experiences through workshops and internships where students can apply what they are learning in the classroom to projects on campus and in the community. The minor is open to students from all majors.
Students in the minor will learn to define complex problems and apply technologies effectively and critically toward solutions, while accounting for the social and cultural ramifications of those technologies. Students will also acquire skills in collaboration, written and spoken communication, web design, project management, and presentation and portfolio building.
To earn the minor, students must earn 18 credits, including two required classes, three 1-credit workshops, and three electives.
To apply, contact the Associate Director of the program:
Visiting Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Digital Humanities
In 2018, the Department of English launched a new internship program for students looking to pursue careers in the publishing industry. Overseen by professional literary agent and departmental alumnus, Monika Woods, the summer program has given UB undergraduates an opportunity to develop fundamental skills in the field, from composing memos to evaluating manuscripts to corresponding with authors. Beyond this work, interns also received funding to travel to New York City, where they established valuable contacts through face-to-face meetings with agents, editors, publicists, and authors.
A central goal of the internship, according to Monika, is to help students “learn to form and express editorial opinions.” This training began through a rigorous selection process that included an essay competition and interviews. On average, only 15%-20% of internship applicants receive offers to join the summer cohort. Those chosen begin the program by assisting Monika remotely on client projects for her firm, the Curtis Brown Literary Agency. As 2018 intern Hannah Falk explains, “I not only learned what it’s like to work as an agent and editor, but I also sharpened my writing and editing skills through reading client manuscripts and queries.” 2019 intern Anna Dresnack also found this work “directly applicable to the day-to-day life of an agent,” adding that the experience made her “more aware than ever of what skills are needed to both survive and thrive in the industry.”
The internship culminates with a week in New York City, where our interns meet with publishing professionals from Farrar-Straus-Giroux, Henry Holt, Harper Collins, Soft-Skull Press, and elsewhere. Said Hannah, “In New York, I was able to make connections with potential employers, tour their offices, and observe first-hand the way a book is made and the role that each department plays in the process.” Fellow 2018 intern, Mackenzie Junjulas, added “Few people know about the inner workings of how books are published, and to gain more knowledge on that was very rewarding. It is a passionate and warm community of people and to be a part of it briefly was fantastic.”
All interns agreed that the program offered vital experience for entering the professional world. As 2018 intern Emma Medina put it, “This internship really shaped my future career path. I knew I wanted to work with authors and their books, but I never would have learned about the actual process without it.” 2019 intern Eleanor Rummell concurred: “After doing the internship I know for sure that I want to pursue a career in publishing and I feel like I’ve made the connections to start. This was an invaluable experience and I’m so lucky that I got to do it.”