Digital Humanities Minor at UCLA

21 08 2011


UCLA has introduced a digital humanities “minor” that students can take along with a more traditional major (e.g., history or English). The students will graduate with a degree  that says they have a major in, say, history and a minor in digital humanities.

I think that this is an excellent idea: many employers are looking for graduates who have both the communications and analytical skills inculcated by the traditional liberal arts education and some knowledge of IT. In fact, I think that joint degrees in IT and the social sciences and humanities are the wave of the future. The two skill sets complement each other: IT is about getting information to the people who need it, when they need it, while the humanities and social sciences are about interpreting information.

Here is UCLA’s description of the minor:

Scope and Objectives

The Digital Humanities minor is an interdisciplinary minor that studies the foundations and futures of the digital world. Digital Humanities interprets the cultural and social impact of the new information age as well as creates and applies new technologies to answer cultural, social, and historical questions, both those traditionally conceived and those enabled by new technologies. The interdisciplinary curriculum draws on faculty from more than twenty departments, five schools, and three research centers at UCLA. It places project-based learning at the heart of the curriculum, with students working in collaborative teams to realize digital research projects with real-world applications. The Digital Humanities minor is intended to provide students with literacy in creating, interpreting, and applying the technologies of the digital world. It examines the cultural and social impact of new technologies and also enables students to harness these technologies to develop their own research projects in a wide range of fields. Students use tools and methodologies such as three-dimensional visualization, data-mining, network analysis, and digital mapping to conceptualize and advance research projects. Students have the opportunity to make significant contributions to scholarship in fields ranging from archaeology and architecture to history and literature. By preparing students to be active participants in the design and production of new knowledge, the minor emphasizes the critical thinking skills, creativity, and collaborative methodologies necessary for success in the digital information age.


# Crs Course Title/Description


1 1 Lower Division Elective Selected from a list of approved departmental course offerings


1 DGT HUM 101 Core: Foundations of the Digital World (offered Fall 2011)


3 3 Upper Division Electives Selected from a list of approved departmental course offerings*


1 DGT HUM  194 Seminar in Digital Humanities (can be taken concurrently with the internship/apprenticeship quarter)


1 DGT HUM  195 or DGT HUM 196 1 quarter of Internship or Apprenticeship*


1 DGT HUM 198 or DGT HUM 199 Honors Research or Directed Research in Digital Humanities


8 8 Courses

31-36 units




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