The digital humanities specifically uses computing and digital tools to perform humanistic, scientific, and artistic inquiry in ways not previously, or as easily, possible. The public humanities is an older field that takes the questions, controversies, and research associated with disciplines such as history, literary studies, culture, art, and philosophy and designs methods for engaging the public in each. More recently, the digital revolution has brought the two fields closer together as public humanists such as museum curators, conservators, and archivists are expected to understand how digital tools and DH methodologies can be harnessed to interact and engage with the public.
Digital and Public Humanities is a new area of study at the University of Green Bay Wisconsin. The emphasis began in 2016 and has since continued to grow. Dedicated faculty, students, and staff came together to design a program that engages students in project-based work across humanities disciplines.