The History and Political Science Department offers a range of programs and courses geared toward the needs of majors, general education students and candidates for teacher licensure. Most of the department courses satisfy University general education requirements in history and/or social sciences. Some courses fulfill general education requirements in foreign culture, diversity or global studies. Please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for more detailed information.
Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary minor, housed in the History and Political Science Department but a complement to any major. Students studying history, political science, English, Spanish, writing, communications, art or computer science may find the additional training an especially effective means of augmenting their existing talents and leveraging their abilities in the working world.
Digital humanities students approach the arts, literature and history with the tools of the digital age. As a student of the digital humanities, you will learn new means of collecting, curating, analyzing and disseminating information. You will use technology to make the humanities accessible and comprehensible to the public in innovative ways, as well as consider and reflect on the implications of digital scholarship.
A minor in the digital humanities prepares you for work in a wide variety of fields and enhances your employability. Recent studies in EAB indicate that digital competency doubles liberal arts students' chances of getting hired and considerably increases their starting salaries. Upon completion, you will be well prepared to work in libraries, museums, cultural centers, digital publishing, and non-profits, as well as in business settings and in any capacity that requires you to be adept with obtaining, analyzing and managing information in a digital setting. To learn more see the video below and read the program information.
- Digital toolset: Deploy an evolving and ever-growing arsenal of tools, programs, and applications in your exploration of the humanities.
- Knowledge: Learn to be a better learner, equipped with the tools to gather and analyze information effectively.
- Critical Thinking: Evaluate sources and incorporate them into your creative projects accurately and ethically.
- Communication: Write clear, logical prose to elucidate your digital projects.
- Versatility: Apply your skills and knowledge in a variety of settings.
While growing numbers of scholars are revitalizing and reinventing the humanities through the application of digital technologies, most programs aimed at teaching the tools of the field are aimed at post-graduate students.
Saint Xavier's Digital Humanities program is unique in providing an introduction to digital humanities training at the undergraduate level. The program is small in size, offering close relationships and opportunities for collaboration with faculty and fellow students. SXU's Chicago location offers the resources and opportunities afforded by a large city, including proximity to numerous libraries, museums and other venues for internships and employment.