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.

Winter 2021

  • DH 140: Coding for Humanities

    Instructor: Yoh Kawano

    Location: Zoom
    Schedule: Wednesday 2:00-4:50pm PDT

    Introduction to coding, with focus on Python. Study of basic structural elements such as lists, if statements, dictionaries, loops, functions, and classes. Consideration of how to apply these concepts to research in humanities and social sciences, and project-based learning. Students discover how to manage and display data with added impact. Content and goals are guided by freedom to research more effectively and freedom of speech.

    Letter grading. Seminar, three hours. Prerequisites: DH 101.

    **This course may be used as an upper division elective or to satisfy the DH 150 requirement for the Digital Humanities Minor.**

  • DH 150: Data Analysis for Social Research

    Instructor: Ashley Sanders

    Wednesday @ 9:00am-11:50am via Zoom

    This is a learner-centered, project-based, introductory applied statistics course that exemplifies the principle of “data for good,” or putting Data Science and Digital Humanities to work for social justice efforts. Students will choose a data set that is personally meaningful and work with others who are interested in the same issue to generate evidence-based, statistically sound arguments, applying the methods learned throughout the course to their project in a guided, scaffolded, structured way. We will primarily use R Studio but will also produce visualizations in Tableau. The final product may be a website, infographic or data dashboard + white paper that could be used as a pitch to generate interest in and/or support for their chosen issue. This course is designed for students from any background, major, or minor, and its flipped structure ensures that students are not struggling through exercises isolated and alone but rather working in cooperative groups, troubleshooting questions and challenges both together and with an engaged instructor.

  • DH 150: Mediating Memory: Digital Representations of Francoist Spain

    Instructor: Wendy Perla Kurtz

    Monday @ 9:00-11:50am via Zoom

    The large corpus of digital and social media about the recuperation of historical memory demonstrates how present-day Spaniards continue to grapple with the effects of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and subsequent dictatorship of Francisco Franco (1939-1975). Contemporary digital productions—photographs, videos, social networks, videogames, maps—become catalysts for rebuilding memories silenced by a dictatorial regime and, later, through the transition to democracy. Students work with primary source material using digital humanities tools for dataset creation, analysis, and presentation. Students analyze primary source documents using text mining methodologies, create networks, build digital maps and timelines, and ultimately present research results on an online platform. By the end of the course, students learn best practices for creating, presenting, and preserving a digital project.

  • DH 150: Social Media Data Analytics

    Instructor: Ashley Sanders

    Tuesday @ 9:00am-11:50am via Zoom

    This course is a critical social media data analysis course that explores not only how to, but also why, study this type of data. This course moves beyond a business-minded functional understanding and analysis of social media data to engage with questions of power, privilege, identity, whose voices count and in what spaces, as well as how data science and DH may be used to challenge power structures. It considers how social media has been used both to undermine and to support social justice and political change movements, the ways in which social media data is currently used by corporate entities, and ethical data usage. Specifically, we will utilize computational methodologies from text analysis (qualitative data analytics), statistics, as well as data visualization to examine Twitter and Tik Tok data to understand various communities and discourses circulating in society today and in the recent past. This interdisciplinary project-based class will help you develop social media analysis skills by employing user-friendly tools, such as Google Sheets/Excel, Tableau, Voyant Tools (text analysis), as well as a little Python 3.

  • DH 199: Architectural Reconstructions on Broadway

    Instructor: Anthony Caldwell

    Tuesdays @ 2:00-4:00PM via Zoom

    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.

    [Course will be listed under Professor Ashley Sanders Garcia but taught by Professor Caldwell.]
  • DH199: Designing the User-Centered Art Archive

    Instructor: Kathy Carbone

    Contact Prof. Carbone

    Wednesdays @ 2:00-3:30pm via Zoom

    The Amplification Project: Digital Archive for Forced Migration, Contemporary Art, and Action (theamplificationproject.com) is a community-led public participatory digital archive that documents, preserves, and shares art and activism inspired, influenced, or affected by conflict and displacement. Co-founded by an international group of artists, activists, curators, and archivist/postdoc/lecturer (Dr. Carbone) in March 2019, The Amplification Project (soft) launched its website in May 2020. In this project-based and hands-on course, students will work in teams to collaboratively brainstorm, visualize, prototype, evaluate, and design a new user-centered interface for The Amplification Project’s website/archive, focusing on the needs of the archive’s users. By the end of the quarter, our aim is to create several sophisticated mock-ups that simulate the function, look, and feel of a new website for this digital archive.

    Prerequisite: DH 150: User Experience Design or other UX/UI experience


  • DH199: Red Hot LA: Mapping Racism, Urban Design, and Thermal Inequality

    Instructor: Bharat Jayram Venkat

    Contact Prof. Venkat

    Fridays @ 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom

    As the climate changes, the world’s cities in particular are getting hotter — what’s been described as the “urban heat island effect.” Yet, not all parts of the city are heating up equally. Heat overlays longer histories of inequality. In Los Angeles, formerly redlined areas — the homes of communities of color who have been systematically and deliberately excluded from forms of private and public investment — continue to experience this history of racialized exclusion in the form of increasing temperatures. Thermal inequality, then, has become a new form of racial inequality.

    In this capstone, students will learn about thermal inequality and histories of racial exclusion while producing storymaps that draw on a variety of sources (digital maps, audio, video, newspapers, census data, archival sources, etc.) to narrate and visualize the experience of heat in formerly redlined areas in Los Angeles. This capstone will provide students with methodological and conceptual tools from the Digital Humanities to study climate change in relation to longer histories of socioeconomic and race-based discrimination.

  • DH199: Text Analysis Methods to Analyze and Visualize Holocaust and Genocide Testimonies

    Instructor: Todd S. Presner

    Students will work with thousands of testimonies (transcripts and audio files) using a range of text analysis tools to analyze the content. This capstone is ideal for students with an interest in computational linguistics, network analysis, and Holocaust and genocide history.