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!

Upcoming Courses

Please note that even though some these courses may be offered as undergraduate classes, graduate students are encouraged and welcome to register for them. We have also updated the course codes for a number of our frequently offered classes. Any of the following classes, except DH 101, may be taken to fulfill the DH 250 requirement, and any non-DH classes advertised here will fulfill elective requirements.

Spring Capstones

Feel free to reach out to the following faculty members to see if they have room in their capstone and then contact Ms. Kerry Allen (CC’ing the instructor) to ask her to open up a seat in their capstone as a DH 299. Then you’ll be able to enroll via My UCLA.

Spring 2022

  • DH 199/299: Digital Reconstructions on Broadway

    Instructor: Anthony Caldwell

    Schedule: Tuesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm PST
    Location: Scholarly Innovation Lab (in the YRL)

    This course will introduce 3-D modeling techniques and the use of augmented reality in the field of cultural heritage conservation.  

    The historic Theatres in Downtown Los Angeles are part of a rich cultural legacy that provides insight into the architectural practices of the early 20th century. This course will investigate how these monuments were constructed, decorated, and used through in-depth archival research, 3D modeling, and augmented reality (AR.) Students will identify a topic of interest and produce a 3D model, AR experience, and documentation detailing their research, procedures, and process. 

    Recommended for students with interest in 3D modeling, VR/AR, GIS, and data visualizations 

  • DH 199/299: Visualizing Recorded Jewish Music

    Instructor: Mark Kligman

    Since the late 1800s Jewish music has been commercially recorded. Because music has been an important part of the American Jewish experience, these recordings are important primary historical documents chronicling the history and development of Jewish life and culture in America. However, to date, there is no comprehensive study of the tens of thousands of recordings that exist in archives and libraries across the U.S. “Visualizing Recorded Jewish Music” seeks to integrate data from multiple sources into a single, comprehensive database of Jewish music recordings held in American archival collections, to prepare raw data for analysis, and to utilize digital tools to clean, standardize, and analyze data. 

    For the past two years, a research team based in the Herb Alpert School of Music and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience has been developing a robust data set for the purpose of analyzing and visualizing one American collection of recorded Jewish music—the Milken Archive of Jewish Music—primarily using Tableau. Additionally, the research team has acquired raw data from several archival collections and created a centralized database. We now seek to clean, streamline, and optimize our data to facilitate research and analysis. 

    Visualizing Recorded Jewish Music will expand on the research team’s current work through deepening and refining existing methodologies, as well as exploring alternate methods that will help forge new directions for research and analysis. We are seeking solutions that will allow us to work with recording collection data acquired from other archives and institutions, and additional creative solutions that will advance the field of American Jewish music studies in exciting ways.  

    Data Collection—identify raw data to capture for use 
    Data organization—format data for analysis
    Data Analysis—Thus far our primary analysis has been genre, style identifiers, and chronology, and word frequency; we are seeking additional means to analyze the textual components of these recording collections
    Data Consolidation––eliminate duplicate data and find solutions to deal with data variation and inconsistency 

    Software to use includes: Tableau, Atlas TI, Voyant

  • DH 199/299

    Instructor: Miriam Posner

    Students will develop tutorials for a range of technologies, in multiple media, for use by the DH program (and anyone else who wants to use them). They will learn how to write good documentation, how to anticipate and address users’ confusion, and, of course, how to use an array of tools.

  • DH 199/299: DH Holocaust Research Lab

    Instructor: Todd S. Presner

    Required Skills: Data viz (Tableau & R), Javascript code libraries (D3), or front-end web development, or Python, or Javascript, and/or HTML5 and CSS. 

    Recommended Skills:Experience with NLP or sound/voice analysis is a plus. 

  • DH 199/299: Philae in 4D

    Instructor: Willeke Wendrich, Deidre Brin, and Anthony Caldwell

    Schedule: Wednesday, 2pm-4:50pm PST
    Location: Fowler A163

    This combined graduate seminar and undergraduate capstone focus on the Temple of Philae in the form of a workshop in which all participants contribute their particular subject of interest and expertise. Central is the development of a three-dimensional Virtual Reality model, created by participants of the DH199 capstone, in which we will display the temple development over time (the 4th dimension). To this model, we will link the results of individual graduate student research projects which can focus on textual, spatial, or iconographical analysis, as well as Philae in the broader context of northeast Africa, Nubia, Egyptian religion, or Temples of the Ptolemaic to Late Roman Periods.  

    This will be a multi-year project.