Digital technology has changed scholarly research. Scholars today work with an unprecedented abundance of materials (many of them digital), communicate with great speed, and can present their work in ways we couldn’t have imagined a few decades ago.

Launched in 2011, the graduate certificate in Digital Humanities prepares students to work in the new environment of scholarly research by providing them with knowledge about the tools, methods, and theoretical issues central to the emerging field. These include text analysis, data mining, visualization, modeling and simulation, geo-spatial and mapping, multi-media storytelling, information design, network analysis, and interface design.

The certificate emphasizes principles and concepts that will transfer across software programs and platforms, with the conviction that digital technologies will continue to emerge, but that certain intellectual, technical, and research design principles will remain central to this rapidly changing field.

Who Can Apply?

To enroll in the graduate certificate in Digital Humanities, you must be a currently enrolled graduate student at UCLA (in any division or department).

We accept applications all year.

For 2019-2020, we will read applications by October 25 and April 1. Notifications will be emailed to applicants by November 1 and April 15.

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  • DH 201: Core Seminar in Digital Humanities (usually offered during the Fall quarter).
  • DH 299: Graduate Capstone Seminar (usually offered during the Spring quarter).
  • Three graduate-level electives, selected from list of approved courses. (Two of these three can overlap with the requirements for your department.)
  • Creation and juried review of a Digital Research Portfolio.


You may find our frequently asked questions helpful. You should also feel free to contact:

Ms. Kerry Allen
Digital Humanities Student Affairs Officer

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Digital Research Portfolio

Your final portfolio should demonstrate the development of your digital humanities scholarship, including significant work you’ve completed along the way. It may cover research, teaching, and other activities (community collaborations, for example) and must be publicly accessible on the Web. It should include both examples of your work and descriptions of how each project contributed to your evolution as a scholar. The format of the portfolio is up to you, but you might start by thinking about a WordPress site with pages describing each of your significant projects, a short biography, a CV, and a blog.

You may obtain a WordPress site from the HumTech, but this site will last only as long as your time at UCLA. A preferable solution is to purchase your own domain and hosting (this costs about $60/year) and install WordPress (or your preferred content management system) yourself. Here’s how.

Examples of UCLA Digital Humanities portfolios include:

Portfolio Contents

The portfolio should demonstrate critical and practical understanding of the Digital Humanities. It should contain an intellectual statement and papers and/or links to projects. In a brief introduction to each project, students should make clear exactly what role they played in group projects or individual designs.

Intellectual statement:

A brief statement about work done by the student in DH and directions for future work in relation to a specific aspect of the emerging field. This vision statement should discuss – as appropriate – the student’s intellectual, pedagogical, and generative contributions to digital humanities. The statement should be both precise and concise, between 400 and 600 words.

Critical understanding:

Define digital humanities as you understand it, including its distinction from other fields. Describe the basic literature, trends, and developments in the field (including major projects and technologies). Include a list of references to important works and projects.

Examples of practical abilities (you will explain which ones best fit with your training, skills, and intellectual interests as a scholar):

  • Assessment and use of existing DH tools and platforms for repository development, etc.
  • Interface design and navigation
  • Familiarity with standard metadata schemes and their implementation
  • Knowledge and use of mark-up schemes
  • Database design and use
  • Network analysis software
  • Data mining using text analysis tools and/or statistical analysis
  • Visualization tools
  • Geospatial platforms or tools
  • Virtual world design or tools
  • Integration of social media streams
  • Project design and management
  • Scripting and/or programming

Evaluation criteria used by faculty in UCLA’s DH program

  • The quality of work represented in the portfolio
  • The quality and depth of your reflections on your work
  • Your ability to create a coherent narrative about your work and its scholarly significance
  • The quality of the presentation of the work

Graduate Portfolio Submission

Graduate students may submit a link to their portfolio and request a 1:1 consultation. Please submit your portfolio for review by the end of Week 8 of the quarter that you would like confirmation of Program completion.

Would you like a 1:1 portfolio consultation?(Required)


To identify courses that meet the requirements for the DH Graduate Certificate:

  1. Review the master list of approved electivesNote: “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!

Graduate Courses

ARCH & UD 291 Theory of Architectural Programming (Cuff)
ART HIST C203D Museum Studies
DESMA 252A/B Programming Media
DESMA 269 Design | Media Arts Grad Seminar (Lunenfeld)
DGT HUM 201 Introduction to Digital Humanities
DGT HUM 299 Capstone Research in Digital Humanities (required)
FILM TV 224 Computer-Film Study
FILM TV C245 Creative Authoring for World Wide Web
FILM TV 246 Electronic Culture (Mamber)
HIST 201V The Digital in History
INF STUD 200 Information and Society
INF STUD 201 Ethics & Diversity & Change (Furner)
INF STUD 214 Information: Principles and Practices
INF STUD M253 Knowledge Representation (Taira)
INF STD 245 Information Access (Richardson)
INF STD 227 Information Studies in Culturally Diverse Communities (Srinivasan)
INF STD 260 Information Structures
INF STD 270 Seminar: Intro to Information Studies (Blanchette)
INF STD 272 Computer-Human Interaction (Lievrouw)
INF STD 279 Information Architecture (Boyden)
INF STD 282 Information Systems: Analysis & Design (Blanchette)
INF STD 289 Issues in Information Studies (as topics apply; please email Miriam Posner for specific approval)
INF STD 291B Ph.D. Seminar: STS (Blanchette)
INF STD 431 Archives, Records, and Memory
PUB POLICY M224B Advanced Geographic Information Systems (Kawano)
PUB POLICY 290 Special Topics in Public Policy: Intro to Data Science Using R
URB PLAN M206A Intro to Geographic Information Systems (Estrada and Kawano)

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