FAQs about the DH Minor and Grad Certificate

For Members of the Public

I’m not a UCLA student. Can I enroll in the graduate certificate?
Unfortunately, no. UCLA’s graduate certificate is only for currently enrolled graduate students.

Do you offer any online courses?
Not at this time. To get connected to digital humanities entities in your area, check out CenterNet, the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, or DHCommons. You might also consider attending a THATCamp or a digital humanities institute.

Can you help me with my digital humanities project?
If you’re not currently affiliated with UCLA, I’m afraid we probably can’t. With limited resources, we need to devote our energy and time to the UCLA community.

Whom can I contact with questions?
You can get in touch with Miriam Posner, the DH coordinator. (But please do read through our online materials first!)

For Undergraduate Minors

I want to go into marketing or advertising. Is the DH minor right for me?
It’s possible! We do teach a number of skills that might come in handy in these careers, such as data visualization and analysis. And a number of our students have gone on to careers in marketing or advertising. We don’t explicitly teach any marketing or advertising content, though, since our focus is really on humanities research. If you’re looking for classes that speak directly to the business world, you might look at UCLA’s Entrepreneurship minor or consider one of a number of classes in the Communication Studies department. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Miriam Posner.

I’m not receiving credit on DARS for a course you approved as an elective, even though I passed these classes. What’s going on?
Unfortunately, this is a common problem for our minors. DARS is just an unofficial record of your degree progress, and it never quite matches up with the actual requirements for the DH minor. However, if you’ve taken these classes and passed, rest assured that the courses have been counted for credit. You can always check in with Miriam Posner or Kerry Allen, our SAO, if you have concerns. We’re the ones who officially authorize the minor, regardless of what the DARS says.

How do I enroll in an internship for course credit?
If you’ve identified an internship that you’d like to complete to fulfill the DH 195/196 requirement, please begin by sending a description of the internship you have in mind to Miriam Posner. Once Dr. Posner approves it, you’ll need to fill out a course contract, using the course number DH 195. Please list Miriam Posner as the faculty mentor, include a short description of the internship you’ll complete, and enter “written report” in the “Tangible Evidence” field. Email the course contract to Dr. Posner, who will ensure you’re enrolled in the class. Once the internship begins, you’ll meet with Dr. Posner periodically to discuss your progress. You’ll also be asked to complete a series of writing assignments and a final paper reflecting on your experience in the internship.

If you need help identifying an internship, please start your search with BruinView, which contains a number of internship opportunities. If you have further questions, please get in touch with Miriam Posner, who may be able to help you target your search.

What is DH 198/199? How do I enroll?
DH199 is the capstone research class, usually offered in the spring. Students work with faculty members in groups to complete digital projects. You’ll receive more information about this in the winter quarter, and will enroll in the class via course contract.

I’m having trouble finding an elective class to meet the DH requirements. What can I do?
If you have identified another class (not included on the official list of approved courses) that has a substantial digital component, you can petition for it to be counted toward the minor. In order to do this, please email the course number, course title, the course description, and preferably the syllabus to Miriam Posner.

Can I do an independent study for course credit?
Yes, you can enroll in an independent study, using the course number DH196, but you’ll need to identify a DH faculty member to work with and a project to work on. Miriam Posner can help to match you with a faculty member if you’d like.

Can a class count for both the DH minor and my major?
Yes, but no more than two upper division courses (8 to 10 units) may be applied toward both this minor and a major or minor in another department or program.

Can a class count for both the DH minor and a GE requirement?
Yes.

For Grad Students

How long does the program take to complete?
That, of course, depends on how many other requirements you’re trying to fulfill. It’s possible to complete the program in a year, but we recommend that you take two years.

What is DH 299? How do I enroll?
DH299 is the capstone research class, usually offered in the spring. Students work with faculty members in groups to complete digital projects. You’ll receive more information about this in the winter quarter.

Can I do an independent study for credit?
Unfortunately, Graduate Division policies prevent us from counting an indepedent study toward the certificate.

I’ve found a grad class that seems like it should qualify as a DH elective, but it’s not listed on the website. Can I get credit for it as a DH class?
Probably, particularly if the course instructor is affiliated with the DH program. Please send an email to Miriam Posner with the course title, the course number, the course description, and preferably the syllabus.

Can a class count for both the DH certificate and my departmental requirements?
Yes, but no more than two grad courses courses (8 to 10 units) may be applied toward both this minor and your departmental requirements.

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