Graduate Courses

How to find electives:

  1. Review the master list of approved electivesNote: “Grad” denotes graduate courses, “LD” denotes lower division, and “UD” denotes upper division courses.
  2. Identify courses you’re interested in.
  3. Check the course schedule to see if the courses of interest are offered in the next quarter.
  4. Register!

Please fill out this form if you’d like to petition for an elective. Include all the information you can, including a syllabus, if available. Petitions will be reviewed at least once a quarter. Please email Kerry Allen if you have additional questions.

How to register for a capstone:

  1. Identify a capstone course (see below for upcoming courses).
  2. Contact the professor who is offering the course to express your interest and ask if they have room. If not, repeat step 1. If they do:
  3. Contact our SAO, Kerry Allen, at  to create a DH 299 registration link for you.
  4. Enroll through MyUCLA!

Fall 2020

  • DH 250: Geospatial Humanities: Digital Mapping and Critical GIS

    Instructor: Wendy Perla Kurtz

    Digital mapping makes it possible to create rich stories of culturally, socially, and historically relevant materials on a cartographic interface, converting a purely geographic space into a place. Through project-based assignments, this class will trace the evolution of cartography from the earliest known maps to the rise of GIS applications. We will engage with fundamental mapping practices such as rectifying historical maps, working with open data through web mapping technologies, and creating place-based narratives in order to critique and create location-based visualizations. Students with little to no GIS experience will be exposed to the theories, concepts, and methods used for mapping projects in the humanities and social sciences. Students with a GIS background will have the opportunity to explore non-traditional uses of mapping systems.

  • DH 250: User Experience Design

    Instructor: Sookyung Cho

    This course introduces the fields of UX research and design. It covers UX design methods and process, including ethnographic field research, persona-scenario development, information architecture, prototyping, and usability testing. Students will learn by hands-on practice in a human-centered process : how to understand users, how to design interface & interaction for users, and how to evaluate and communicate user experience design with users.

  • DH 299: Architectural Reconstructions on Broadway

    Instructor: Anthony Caldwell

    Meets: Thursdays, 10a-12p PDT via Zoom

    Instructors: Anthony Caldwell & Joy Guey

    Description: The historic theaters in Downtown Los Angeles are part of a rich cultural legacy that provides insight into the architectural practices of the early 20th century. This project investigates how these monuments were constructed, decorated, and used through in-depth archival research, photogrammetric modeling, and a variety of interactive visualizations including virtual and augmented reality platforms. Students will identify a topic of interest and work in groups to produce an experience and documentation detailing their research, procedures, and process. Read more about Architectural Reconstruction on Broadway and see previous and ongoing projects.

  • DH 299: Testing Digital Historical Research Methods to Advance DH Book Project

    Instructor: Ashley Sanders

    Meets: Wednesdays 10:30a-12:00p PDT via Zoom

    This capstone presents the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to be a part of the creation of a new Digital Humanities book. Capstone participants will serve as reviewers of several of the chapter drafts, providing feedback, suggestions, and questions to consider. In addition, you will have the chance to test the methods, suggest additional analytical approaches, and help design instructional videos and supplementary materials to complement the text. Throughout this capstone, you will learn a variety of techniques to address data silences and the experiences of marginalized people while also exploring some of the ways in which critical race and archival studies intersect with digital research.

    Each week, we will review, consider and discuss the major themes, and apply the methods explored in the book, including:

    • –a unique application of topic modeling to uncover latent biases in primary sources
    • –exploratory data visualization with Tableau, RAW graphs, and more to begin to investigate a data set
    • –descriptive statistics such as mean, median, mode, standard deviation and z-scores
    • –hypothesis testing with chi-square, ANOVA, factor analysis, and Wilcoxon rank-sum tests
    • –social network analysis
    • –the creation of data sets and ontology construction consideration
  • DH 299: User Experience Research Projects

    Instructor: Sookyung Cho

    Meeting Time & Location: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm PDT via Zoom.

    Description: In this course, students will conduct user experience design research by utilizing the concepts, theories, and skills of digital humanities. Students will learn how to independently and collaboratively design and execute an advanced user experience design project. The theme for Fall 2020: online-teaching/learning of embodied cognition.

    Prerequisites: DH 150/250: UX/UI Design. Students need to already be familiar with UX design methods/process, such as heuristic evaluation, usability testing, contextual inquiry, persona/scenario, low and high fidelity prototyping.