Digital Humanities interprets the cultural and social impact of new media and information technologies, as well as creates and applies these technologies to interrogate cultural, social, historical, and philological questions.
DH @ UCLA is:
INTERDISCIPLINARY. The 35 affiliated faculty come from more than 20 different departments and five divisions across the UCLA campus, including Arts and Architecture, Social Sciences, Humanities, Information Studies, and Theater, Film, and Television.
COLLABORATIVE. There are more than 6 core Centers and Institutes supporting the Digital Humanities Program, including the Center for Digital Humanities, Academic Technology Services, the Experiential Technologies Center, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, the UCLA Library, and the Ahamanson Laboratory for Digital Cultural Heritage.
HANDS-ON. Students take one year of foundational courses followed by a quarter of mentorship and apprenticeship that leads directly to the design and creation of a digital capstone project.
Our scholarship is necessarily collaborative and interdisciplinary, emphasizing design, multi-mediality, and the experiential by creatively expanding networks of participation, modes of access, and mechanisms for the dissemination of scholarship. Our practices are not limited to conventional humanities departments, but can affect every humanistic field at the university, both those within the Division of the Humanities, and those in other divisions, including history, anthropology, arts and architecture, information studies, film and media studies, archaeology, geography, ethnic studies, and the social sciences. DH @ UCLA is a natural outgrowth and expansion of the traditional scope of the Humanities. In fact, the role of the humanist is critical at this historic moment, as our cultural legacy is migrated to digital formats and our relation to knowledge, cultural material, technology, and society is radically re-conceptualized.
Most importantly, DH @ UCLA addresses contemporary technological, social, cultural, and intellectual challenges by teaching students and faculty to create and critique media content, to develop the necessary skills and abilities to evaluate this content, to manipulate and transform digital technologies, and to develop the requisite literacy across information environments and media forms, including textual, aural, visual, and digital domains.