Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities (DH) is a dynamic scholarly field with a range of applications including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Humanistic examination of digital objects
  2. Digital scholarly communication
  3. Digital pedagogy
  4. Creation of digital archives and primary source materials
  5. Digital examination of Humanistic objects (Matthews, quoting Croxall)

This range can sometimes seem bewildering, with many definitions, but it also connects the English Department’s research, scholarship, creative activity, and teaching to fields in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

For literary scholars, DH provides an opportunity to hone existing critical skills and develop new skill sets by exploring, creating, curating, and experimenting with texts in the digital environment. For a more detailed explanation of the historical significance of DH and literary scholarship, see "What is Digital Humanities and What's It Doing in English Departments?"

The English Department fosters DH in a number of ways: a graduate-level course introducing students to DH methodologies and practices and an undergraduate-level course on writing for the web (see below); advanced literature courses that incorporate DH projects; graduate and undergraduate student internships and independent studies; and sponsorship of DH-related events, including visiting speakers and symposia.

The department has also developed a Digital Humanities Center (DHCenter@KSU) to manage our various DH projects, organize DH-related events, and coordinate DH activities at K-State.

Our current DH projects were all conceptualized and built by students under the supervision of faculty and we actively encourage undergraduate and graduate students to help us grow these projects and to create new ones. You can learn more about our current projects here.


  • English 695 "Introduction to the Digital Humanities: Humanities, Computing, and Digital Editing" (Spring 2014)
  • English 485 "Writing for the Web" (Spring 2014)

More Information

For more information about Digital Humanities, contact Mark Crosby, Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities Coordinator, at or follow us at @DHKState.