Course Descriptions

CORE COURSES

ENPH-00x Introduction to Public Humanities: Theory, Methods, Ethics, and Practice (3 credits)

An introductory, cohort-shaping proseminar that investigates and historicizes major concepts and issues in the program (interdisciplinarity, discipline, public(s), humanities, the relationship between humanities study and humanities practice, etc.) and invites students to explore an “interdiscipline” of interest (e.g., humanities and law, humanities and medicine, humanities and climate change, humanities and aging, humanities and global health) through a research project. The course introduces the public humanities as an emergent discipline unto itself, with a definable object of study and a distinct methodology.

ENPH-00x Culture and Communicating for the Public Sphere: Oral/Print/Digital Media (3 credits)

The course introduces different forms and media of communication not just within academic disciplines, but for a wide variety of audiences (grant writing, journalism, writing from the public sphere, use of video and audio resources for different advocacy objectives, use of communication strategies in different environments). It offers a graduate-level introduction to knowledge production in media platforms in addition to traditional print.

ENPH-00x Culture, Public Life, Private Industry (3 credits)

The course introduces the institutional structures (including government, law, medicine, and both non-profit and profit-driven entities) in which public humanities graduates are employed, exploring where the humanities intersect with professional practice and public life, but also where fissures persist between our understanding of the humanities and the arts and their purpose in contributing to the common good. Students might choose which one of these to pursue depending on their goals and focus of study. The course allows students to pursue research into a particular institution, business, or non-humanities discipline and its relationship to the humanities.

ENPH-00x Digital Humanities in the Service of Public Humanities (3 credits)

This course covers the main areas of what we call Digital Humanities today: DH as a research tool, DH as a driver of pedagogical innovation, DH as the agent of social change, DH as itself an ontological register for expressive work open to humanities study, and DH as the shorthand for non-print-based, alternative media platforms for the production of knowledge. Students will develop an understanding of the debates that currently drive growth in this field through reading theory as well as analyzing current applications and then develop a digital project of their own related to their larger MAEPH goals.

ELECTIVES: COURSE OF STUDY BEYOND THE CORE

Four courses in the student’s area of interest. Students will take available graduate courses or upper-level undergraduate courses (adjusted for graduate credit) in their discipline or in an interdisciplinary area with departmental and instructor approval, combining them with independent studies and tutorials.

Georgetown offers an extensive list of potential courses, from those in the classics to art history (museum architecture, icons and iconoclasm), to philosophy courses in bioethics, political philosophy, and other relevant topics. A student interested in a foreign language, for instance, might wish to take advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in the literature and culture of the non-English speaking world while pursuing a project in a bilingual non-profit or corporate environment.

(Click to search the Registrar’s Catalog of Classes offered at Georgetown University.)