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!

Spring 2020

  • [Course is FULL] DH 299: Digital Forensics: Investigating a Sketchbook from Auschwitz using 3D models and Maps

    Instructor: Todd S. Presner

    Meeting Time & Location: Wednesdays 10:30-11:45 in the Scholarly Innovation Lab, YRL

    Description: In 1947, an anonymous sketchbook of images was discovered in a buried bottle in Auschwitz. To date, no one knows who made it or how the artist could have seen what he/she depicted. Using 3D models of the camp, digital maps, and other data, the class will try to figure out what the artist saw and where he/she moved.

    Required Skills: None, but interest in 3D models and mapping, Photoshop

  • DH 299: Archaeological Data in Action

    Instructor: Willeke Wendrich

    Meeting Time & Location: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 in the Digital Archaeology Lab, Cotsen Institute

    Instructors: Willeke Wendrich & Deidre Whitmore

    Description: Archaeological field data requires processing and analysis before interpretations can be made. In this capstone students will learn about the entire life cycle of archaeological data and participate in entering data in the primary excavation database, and then work to answer research questions incorporating small data visualization projects using these data. Students will also learn how to prepare data for deposit into a long-term preservation repository. We will finish by discussing the entire data workflow, from recording to long-term preservation, as well as the pros and cons of the different visualizations.

    Required Skills: None, but seeking students with an interest in working with data, data visualizations, and learning about preservation

  • DH 299: Architectural Reconstructions on Broadway

    Instructor: Anthony Caldwell

    Meeting Time & Location: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 in the Scholarly Innovation Lab 11630L Charles E. Young Research Library

    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: Data Management in A Mixed-Type Platform

    Instructor: David Shorter

    Meeting Time & Location: Tuesdays 5:45 to 7:30 every two weeks in 160 Kauffman Hall.
    (Meeting Dates: March 31st, April 14th, April 28th, May 12th, and May 26th)

    Description: Using a preliminary sketch of the Data Management concerns for the Archive of Healing, students in this capstone would develop an actual policy for DM for the site. Secondly, the students will provide an action plan for the inclusion, review, and coding of new data submitted to the site that would take the form of answered questions on the site and wholly different data types such as bibliographies, working papers, websites, visual media, etc

    Required Skills: The site is in Drupal so some familiarity would be useful but not necessary. Some CMS familiarity could be useful, but not necessarily. Also, the course would likely be more useful meeting every other week if that’s possible. A cap of four students would be preferred since a smaller team is easier to work with in terms of collaboration.

  • DH 299: User Experience Research Projects

    Instructor: Sookyung Cho

    Meeting Time & Location: Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm in TBA

    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.

    Required Skills: No specific technical skill required, but web documentation and interactive prototyping skills are helpful.