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.

Spring 2021

  • Asia Am191A: Web Development and GIS for Social Change: Critical Data for Transforming Civil Society

    Instructor: Albert Kochaphum

    Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursday, 2:00pm-3:15pm

    Description: Online course. Explore intersections of maps, data, ethics, and power. Learn open-source web mapping: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Reclaim and maps and leverage data as tools for activism. Unlearn and decolonize technology from authoritative paradigms. Open to all majors and fulfills upper division elective. Course syllabus

    For more information, please email albertkun@idre.ucla.edu

  • DH 101: Introduction to Digital Humanities

    Instructor: Francesca Albrezzi

    Meeting Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00pm-1:50pm
    Labs with TA: Fridays, 1A: 9:00am-10:15am / 1B: 11:00am-12:15pm

    Description: Increasingly, we access, share, and create information in digital forms. How does – or how should – that change the way we do scholarly work? The development of the field of Digital Humanities to address the use of digital and computational methods for humanities research and publication renegotiates the standard practices of research methods and publication outcomes. In this accelerated course, we will investigate the productive tension that results from combining computational methods with humanistic inquiry, which continues to break new ground. The sources, processes, and presentation decisions that define a digital humanities project require specific parameters and functionalities depending on the subject matter and methods applied.

    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.

    We will discuss ways to organize remote 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.

    The course’s structure and content are based on Dr. Miriam Posner’s and Dr. Ashley Sanders Garcia’s DH101 courses, which have been taught during the fall quarter at UCLA. The course was originally created by Dr. Johanna Drucker.

  • DH 110: User Experience and Design

    Instructor: Sookyung Cho

    Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:50pm

    Description: Seminar, three hours. Requisites: course 101. Introduction to fields of user experience (UX) research and interface design. Study covers UX design methods including ethnographic field research, persona-scenario development, user interface prototyping, and usability testing. Students learn, by hands-on practice in a human-centered design process, how to apply research in humanities to a functional prototype design that can shape the future with the enhanced value for human well-being.

  • DH 150: Network Graphs and Data Visualization: The Shape of Roman History

    Instructor: Chris Johanson

    Meeting Time: Asynchronous

    Description: Big data and family networks in the Roman world. This course will explore the history of the Roman Republic through an analysis of the most complete database of ancient persons available (http://romanrepublic.ac.uk/) We will simultaneously harness the affordances of this extant rdf database while we subvert the existing data model to make new and unexpected connections.  Students who take this course will have the opportunity to develop complex queries, rooted in rdf triples, via SPARQL, to hone web-based visualization techniques via D3 (a javascript library), and, to a lesser extent, to implement three-dimensional data visualizations via three.js. In addition, students interested in designing a graphical language and creating digital assets for data visualization projects are encouraged to enroll. This DH course is affiliated with the UCLA RomeLab working group. (romelab.etc.ucla.edu)

    No prior programming knowledge is required, but DH 101 prerequisite is strictly enforced.

  • DH 151: Web GIS: An Introduction to Digital Mapping

    Instructor: Yoh Kawano

    Meeting Time: Mondays, 2:00pm-4:50pm

    Description: As a digital humanist, you are at the crossroads of three simple inquiries: Where did it happen? When did it happen? Why did it happen? Space and time are forever interlinked, and the digital revolution has made it such that the visualization of the “spatial” and the “temporal” brings possibilities to interrogate, analyze, reveal, narrate and discover new dimensions that may otherwise remain dormant in its original state. In today’s Internet centered, social media frenzied society, spatial data is becoming one with the web. Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Google Maps, Leaflet are examples of geospatial technologies centered around the notion that “location,” “mobility,” and “time” are correlated, and they matter. Humanists are asking new questions, demanding justice from data that did not exist a decade ago, resulting in the creation of compelling web-based mapping applications that are empowering the public to become online cartographers.

    The purpose of this course is to implement and examine such web-based technologies. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design, develop and publish web-based digital mapping solutions. Students will learn how GIS on the internet differs from the desktop experience, and how to prepare spatial information for the web. Although no prior programming experience is required, the course is specifically designed to bring out the “coder” in the “non-coder,” and will teach the basics of internet programming languages. Different web technologies will be explored, including WordPress as a content management platform, Leaflet Javascript API, and MySQL databases.

    It should be noted that the course is primarily a programming class. On top of the web-GIS
    discussion, we will cover the technical details about web servers and networks that are necessary for a solid and comprehensive understanding of web technologies and web programming in general. Students will be expected to fully code and produce a functioning interactive, database driven mapping website.

  • DH 187: Capstone Seminar: Europeans in Exile: Thomas Mann’s LA

    Instructor: Wendy Perla Kurtz

    This class is being taught in collaborations with the Thomas Mann House:
    Nikolai Blaumer, Ph.D., Program Director, Thomas Mann House
    Benno Herz, Project and Communications Manager, Thomas Mann House

    Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 1:30pm-4:20pm

    Description: After fleeing Nazi Germany, the writer and Nobel Prize winner, Thomas Mann found refuge for eleven years in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. Mann was only one among many European artists and intellectuals who made Los Angeles their new home. This seminar explores Mann’s connections to the city and the network of intellectuals with whom he was in dialogue, such as the sociologists Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer, writers like Christopher Isherwood and Aldous Huxley, the composers Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky as well as the filmmakers Ernst Lubitsch and Jean Renoir. Which places did he and his European fellows visit? What local concerns kept him busy, and which are still vital topics in Los Angeles today? Which issues preoccupied many in the European exile community? The course readings, workshops, and discussions will expose students to the philosophy and practice of digital humanities methodologies to interpret and engage with the course’s themes.

  • DH 199: Architectural Reconstructions on Broadway

    Instructor: Anthony Caldwell

    Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm via Zoom

    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.

    [Course will be listed under Professor Ashley Sanders Garcia but taught by Professor Caldwell.]
  • DH 199: Designing the User-Centered Art Archive

    Instructor: Dr. Kathy Carbone

    Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm

    Description: 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

  • DH 199: In Search of LA

    Instructor: Dr. Tawny Paul and Dr. Doug Barrera

    Meeting Time: Mondays, 11am-12:30pm

    Description: In Search of LA is a digital hub for making histories and telling stories about Los Angeles neighborhoods, past and present. In this Capstone, students will contribute to the development of a prototype website that will bring together resources and scholarship that facilitate placed-based research in Los Angeles. Students will learn about participatory digital storytelling and will explore how the process of analyzing sources and creating histories can be democratized through user-generated online content. Depending on student interest, there will be opportunities to document neighborhood histories by identifying and interpreting resources, and to contribute to the design of a user-generated content platform.

  • DH 199: Platform for Community Engaged Archive

    Instructor: Maylei Blackwell

    Meeting Time: Thursdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm

    Description: In this Capstone seminar, students will help design the digital hub for the Mobile Indigenous Archives project. This course on community histories and archives teaches students to how to accompany community organizations, groups, and individuals as they decide how best to collect, preserve and tell their own histories. Centered on principles of Indigenous self-determination, community protocols of respect and an ethic of care, students will work with communities empowered to ask what histories will be told and by whom, how their historical memory will be collected, if at all, and preserved, and by what means. Topics include: Data Sovereignty, Indigenous Research protocols, and the role of memory and place how are surviving colonial dispossession, displacement, and migration. We will be working with  Mexican Indigenous movements and diasporas partnering with community members and organizations who are in the process of creating a digital archive of aging video, photos, magazines and documents to curate community memory and popular education projects.
  • DH 199: Visualizing Recorded Jewish Music

    Instructor: Dr. Mark Kligman

    Meeting Time: To Be Announced

    Description: 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 develop and analyze raw data to set a research agenda.  During the Spring Quarter we will work with existing data sets of Jewish music recordings and continue to identify and prepare raw data for analysis.

    For the past year, 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. Founded in 1990, the Milken Archive comprises more than 800 pieces of music and represents the work of some 200 composers and multiple traditions over more than a century. The collection of includes symphonic works based on cantillation motifs; songs from early 20th-century Yiddish theaters and vaudeville houses; historical dramas and meditations on the Holocaust; and sacred music composed for Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox branches of Jewish religious observance.

    “Visualizing Recorded Jewish Music” seeks to 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. Additionally, 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 by
    • Data Analysis—Thus far our primary analysis has been genre, style identifiers, and chronology. We want to explore word frequency usage
    • Visualization

    Software to use includes: Tableau, Atlas TI, Voyant

    Areas of expertise desired: database management