Undergraduate Courses


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 for the full list of options.

Upper Division: In addition to the Lower Division course, Minors need to take:

      1. DH 101
      2. One upper division course, DH 110 – 160, and
      3. Three other upper-division electives, which may be DH courses or courses from other disciplines. See the master list for the list of options from other disciplines.

Capstone:Minors must also take either DH 187 (capstone seminar) or DH 198/199 (small research group or independent study).

Course Codes:

    • DH 110: User Experience Design
    • DH 120: Social Media Data Analytics
    • DH 125: Data Analysis for Social and Cultural Research
    • DH 131: Digital Mapping and Critical Geographic Information Systems
    • DH 140: Programming for Humanists
    • DH M145: Text Analysis
    • DH 150/151: Special topics
    • DH 187: Capstone seminar
    • DH 199: Capstone (independent study or small group)

DH 195 Internships

The DH Program does not have any DH 195 Internships approved for Spring Quarter 2023 and Summer 2023. If you are already working closely with a DH affiliated faculty member and have identified a possible internship together, then first consult with your faculty sponsor to see whether they would be willing to supervise your 195.

Course Petitions

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.

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.


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



Spring 2023

  • DGT HUM 110: User Experience and Design

    Instructor: Sookyung Cho

    TR 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
    Rolfe 2118

    This course introduces the fields of UX research and design. It covers UX design methods, including ethnographic field research, persona-scenario development, information architecture, interface design, 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.

  • DGT HUM 131: Digital Mapping

    Instructor: Ryan Horne

    TR 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Rolfe 2118

    In this course, students will study digital mapping techniques used in humanities and social sciences, with an emphasis on equity and social justice issues. Through project-based learning, students will engage about basic geospatial data types, digital gazetteers, and web-based GIS initiatives. Students will work with georeferencing historical maps and sources, visualizing and querying geospatial data, and crafting narratives that use place-based information.

  • DGT HUM 150, sec. 1: Digital Labor

    Instructor: Miriam Posner

    Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
    Rolfe 2118

    Work has changed a lot over the last few decades. We now have remote jobs, AI chatbots, gig labor, an “influencer economy,” and job titles our parents could never have dreamed of. But who benefits from all of this change? Who loses out? In this class, we’ll look closely at the kinds of work made possible by the internet and big data and ask questions like: What’s changed? What’s stayed the same? Whose labor gets rewarded and whose gets erased? And what can we do to make sure that digital-age jobs are fair and ethical?

  • DGT HUM 187, sec. 2: 3D Digital Reconstructions along the Medieval Camino de Santiago

    Instructor: John Dagenais

    R 2:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
    Rolfe 2118

    The course will study the rise of the medieval Camino de Santiago and the spread of architectural ideas along its course, focusing on Romanesque architecture and sculpture in particular.  The course will alternate between readings and discussion of the medieval pilgrimage itself and hands-on projects to reconstruct churches, monasteries, civil architecture, roads and walls along the Camino or in the city of Santiago de Compostela itself, using the existing model of the Romanesque church as anchor point.  Students will learn theories, best practices, and best tools for undertaking 3D VR modeling of cultural sites.  Course will be taught in English.

  • DGT HUM 187: RomeLab

    Instructor: Chris Johanson

    UCLA Romelab is a multi-disciplinary research group whose work uses the physical and virtual city of Rome as a point of departure to study the interrelationship between historical phenomena and the spaces and places of the ancient city. RomeLab is a unique experience that integrates the research team and research lab directly into the classroom to study the ancient city through the use of 2D and 3D visualizations and interactive, multi-player virtual worlds.

  • DGT HUM 199/299: Nubia in 4D

    Instructor: Willeke Wendrich

    This combined graduate seminar and undergraduate capstone focuses on the landscape, settlements, cemeteries, and monuments of Nubia over time, in the form of a workshop in which all participants contribute their particular subject of interest and expertise. Central is the development of three-dimensional Virtual Reality models created by participants of the DH199 capstone, in which we will display the landscape 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 Nubia in the broader context of northeast Africa.

    Instructors: Anthony Caldwell and Wendrich Willeke

  • DH101: Introduction to Digital Humanities

    Instructor: Francesca Albrezzi

    TR 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. lectures, F Labs
    Haines 118

    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. Throughout the course, students 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. Students 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 students will learn how to work effectively and efficiently in teams as they 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, students will also critique examples of research projects that employ the methods and/or tools that they are learning.

  • Info Studies 180: Communities, Archives, and Historic Record

    Instructor: Michelle Caswell

    Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
    Moore 3030

    Courses of Interest outside of DH (will apply to the DH minor):
    Community-engaged introduction to key concepts and practices related to independent community-based archives in U.S. context. Study emphasizes research and service directly supporting two organizations: Texas After Violence Project (public archive that fosters deeper understanding of impact of state violence); and South Asian American Digital Archive (community-based culture change organization ensuring that South Asian Americans are included in American story). Readings and discussion address issues of identity, intergenerational story-sharing and trauma, definitions of records and archives, and debates over whose memories and histories are considered legitimate and by whom.