Data Arts and Humanities

The Data Arts and Humanities domain emphasis allows students to explore and engage data science practices across the humanities and arts. In addition to investigating the place of data in humanistic inquiry and creative work in broad terms, students can learn current data arts and humanities methods specific to different disciplines and departments, as and together with critical inquiry.

From the lists shown below, students will select one course from the lower-division, and two courses from the upper-division. The lower division course is a required element of the Domain Emphasis.


 Prerequisites are shown within square brackets.

Lower Division (select one)

  • ART 23AC. Digital Media: Foundations or W23AC. Data Arts (4 units)

  • HISTORY 88. How Does History Count? (2 units)

  • L&S 88. Rediscovering Text as Data (2 units)

  • L&S 88. Aesthetics and Data (2 units)

  • RHETOR 10. Introduction to Practical Reasoning and Critical Analysis of Argument (4 units)

Upper Division (select two)

  • DIGHUM 100. Theory and Methods in the Digital Humanities (3 units) [summer only]

  • DIGHUM 101. Practicing the Digital Humanities (3 units) [summer only]

  • DIGHUM 150A. Digital Humanities and Archival Design (3 units) [summer only]

  • DIGHUM 150B. Digital Humanities and Visual and Spatial Analysis (3 units) [summer only]

  • DIGHUM 150C. Digital Humanities and Textual and Language Analysis (3 units) [summer only]

  • DIGHUM 160. Critical Digital Humanities (3 units) [summer only]

  • GLOBAL 140 / JEWISH 121. Mapping Diasporas: Jewish Culture, Museums, and Digital Humanities (4 units)

  • HISTORY 100D. Calculating Americans: Big Histories of Small Data (4 units)

  • HISTART C109 / ENGLISH C181. Digital Humanities, Visual Cultures (4 units)

  • HISTART 190T. VR and Its Prehistories (4 units)

  • HISTART 192DH. Digital Imaging and Forensic Art History (4 units)

  • INFO 103. History of Information (4 units) [formerly 3 units]

  • INFO 159. Natural Language Processing (4 units)

  • INFO 190-1. Introduction to Data Visualization (4 units) [formerly 3 units]

  • MUSIC 158A. Sound and Music Computing with CNMAT Technologies (4 units)

  • MUSIC 159. Computer Programming for Music Applications (4 units)

  • NE STUD 110. Digital Humanities and Egyptology (4 units)

  • RHETOR 107. Rhetoric of Scientific Discourse (4 units)

  • RHETOR 114. Rhetoric of New Media (4 units)

  • RHETOR 115. Technology and Culture (4 units)

  • RHETOR 137. Rhetoric of the Image (4 units)

  • RHETOR 145. Science, Narrative, and Image (4 units)

  • RHETOR 170. Rhetoric of Social Science (4 units)

Additionally, many classes in this area have been taught on an experimental or infrequent basis. Students may petition to include the classes below, or other classes they believe meet the goals of this DE:

  • AMERSTD H110. Bay Area in the 1970s (3 units)

  • ENGLISH 166. Slavery and Conspiracy

  • HISTORY 100. Text Analysis for Digital Humanists and Social Scientists (4 units)

  • HISTORY 104. The Craft of History (4 units)

  • THEATER C166 / NWMEDIA C190. Making Sense of Cultural Data (4 units)

  • NE STUD 114. Digital Ancient Near East (3 units)

  • NE STUD 190. Introduction to Digital Humanities: From Analog to Digital (4 units)

  • SPANISH 135. Electronic Literature: A Critical Writing & Making Course (3 units)

Unit values and prerequisites are subject to change. Please refer to guide.berkeley.edu for the most up-to-date course information.