Undergraduate Courses

How to Find Electives:

  1. Review the master list of approved electives. Note: “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!

Lower Division (one required): Each of these classes introduces students to the use of digital tools and methodologies to examine complex cultural, social, and historical dynamics. Minors are strongly encouraged to take either INF STD 20 or 30. See the master list (linked above) for the full list of options.

Upper Division (minors must take DH 101 and 150, as well as three other upper-division electives): See the master list (linked above) for the full list of options.

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 per quarter. Please email Kerry Allen if you have additional questions.

Questions? Contact our SAO, Kerry Allen at allen@humnet.ucla.edu


How to register for a DH 199 course:

    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. Fill out a course contract on My UCLAEach online contract form is customized for a specific course number. Before filling out the form, the student should prepare a short description of the proposed course of study, nature of faculty supervision, and type of tangible evidence of work completed to be presented at the course conclusion. The form provides instructions for completion, printing, signatures, and further steps.
    4. Email the completed course contract to your 199 professor and our SAO, Kerry Allen, allen@humnet.ucla.edu.

That’s it! Your professor will confirm via email that they have approved your enrollment in their 199, and Kerry will finalize your registration.

Fall 2020

  • DH 101: Introduction to Digital Humanities

    Instructor: Ashley Sanders

    Lectures: Tuesdays 9:30-10:45 on Zoom
    Labs: Fridays on Zoom

    This course is an introduction to the Digital Humanities, its methods, theories, and applications in humanistic research. It covers a variety of digital tools and approaches to organize, explore, understand, present and tell stories with data. In this course, you will learn how to reverse engineer DH projects to understand how they were built; identify, use, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different tools and methodologies; develop strong humanistic research questions that can be answered through digital research methods; conduct original research; and build a collaborative digital project. You will also learn how to organize and clean data, develop charts, create spatial and network visualizations, work with a content management system, and use basic text analysis tools to explore qualitative data. Often the best digital humanities projects are the result of collaboration, so you will learn how to work effectively and efficiently in teams as you build project management skills. Each unit will guide you through the development, analysis, and application of the skills listed under the course learning goals. In each unit, you will also critique examples of research projects that employ the methods and/or tools that you are learning.

    This class meets once a week for interactive synchronous lectures, includes asynchronous mini-talks and tutorials, as well as synchronous weekly lab sections; additional group work outside of the allocated class time will be necessary. We will discuss ways to organize in-person meetings, as well as ways to stay on track through virtual simultaneous and asynchronous group work. No prior experience is necessary, and there are no prerequisites.

  • DH 150: 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 150: 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 199: 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 199: 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 199: 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: 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.