Textual Studies Program

Graduate Certificate in Textual and Digital Studies

Beginning in 2016-2017, graduate students at the UW can earn a Graduate Certificate in Textual and Digital Studies. The certificate is based on completion of the following (total 16 credits):

Required course: “Textual Theory and Practice/Texts, Publics and Publication” (FREN 551/TXTDS 404 — offered WI 2022)

One course chosen from the list of core electives for 2021-2022:

  • “Archives, Data and Databases: Cultural Analytics” (TXTDS 403/INFO 498 — AU 2021)
  • “Premodern Textualities” (ENG 599 — offered WI 2022)
  • “Book Arts” (ART H 525/TXTDS 402 — SP 2021)
  • “Manuscript Studies: Late Medieval Romance and its Manuscripts” (ENG 502 — SP 2022)

One open elective, to be chosen in consultation with the student’s TDS advisor. This course will ideally integrate the student’s TDS interests with work in his/her home department.

Capstone (1 credit). Participating for one quarter in the Textual Studies Program Colloquium, including presenting a paper that builds on and unifies the work done in TDS courses.

Important note: no more than 6 credits may overlap between the TDS certificate and the student’s home degree program. Information on this Graduate School policy is here. Students might apply the open elective to both their home programs and the Textual and Digital Studies graduate certificate. But in this scenario, the required course (ENG 501/C LIT 551/FREN 551) and the core elective cannot count towards the home degree. Additional information on “Concurrent Degree Graduation Requirements” here. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about this.

Admission. Interested students should apply here (UW ID required). The prerequisite for admission to the TDS Graduate Certificate is good academic standing in a master’s or doctoral program at UW. Please contact either Jeffrey Todd Knight (jtknight@uw.edu) or Geoffrey Turnovsky (gt2@uw.edu) with any questions about your eligibility or other aspects of the program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by the Steering Committee. Students are encouraged to apply for admission before beginning their coursework.