This minor is unusual, among humanities programs, in its focus on hands-on undergraduate research. STEM fields provide relatively straightforward pathways toward research, whereas humanities students sometimes struggle to define what humanities research entails, let alone know how to get involved. Research opportunities are built into the DASH minorIt requires 3 units of work on a faculty-led project. It is possible to complete this minor with only 6 units of course-work, and devote the remaining 9 units entirely to research.

Every summer, the Humanities Digital Workshop invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students for its summer fellowships. The fellowships pair students with humanities faculty engaged in digital humanities projects for 8 weeks, and past participants have overwhelmingly found this a valuable experience. Most students pursuing the minor will fill their required 3 units of research through one of these fellowships. A list of past and ongoing HDW projects can be found here.

Students can also take IPH-approved projects with the permission of the DASH director. Some of those projects are listed on the IPH website.