From social media and mobile phones to the algorithms in self-driving cars, digital and information technologies are everywhere. The Digital Studies Certificate provides students with the opportunity to investigate the relationships between new communication technologies and society and to develop skills creating digital media messages and products.
Social sciences and humanities majors can use this certificate to develop and demonstrate their technical skills, while science and engineering students can use it to build expertise in understanding the social and cultural aspects of new technologies. Students from any CU Denver school or college who earn the Digital Studies Certificate will be able to demonstrate to a wide range of potential employers or graduate schools that they have both technical skills and the ability to critically analyze new media. Students who successfully complete the Digital Studies Certificate will be able to:
Describe and analyze the relationships between digital media and their cultural, social, political, and ethical contexts
Use digital media to communicate messages to a variety of audiences
Use digital media to solve problems in a range of disciplines and situations
Use digital media and related analytical skills as career-building tools
This is a hybrid program, with courses on-campus and online.
Declaring This Certificate
Eligibility: CU Denver students in any discipline can enroll in the program at any point in their undergraduate studies.
CLAS's Interdisciplinary Studies program sponsors the certificate, and the CLAS Director of Digital Initiatives will provide advising and administrative management.
Application Procedures: Students are encouraged to apply for the Digital Studies Certificate at any point in their undergraduate studies. To apply, students should print and complete a Digital Studies Certificate Application and submit it to the CLAS Director of Digital Initiatives.
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Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of required courses chosen from the approved courses in each cluster: 1 course (3 credits) from each of the 3 clusters (for a total of 9 credits), plus the remaining 3 credits from any one of the three clusters.
Students must complete a minimum of 6 upper division (3000-level and above) credits, taken from the approved courses below.
Students must earn a minimum grade of B (3.0) in all certificate courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Students cannot complete certificate or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
Students must complete all credits applied to the certificate with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restriction, Allowances and Recommendations
The certificate will be awarded when a student graduates with the bachelor's degree.
Co-curricular requirement: Students must attend at least 3 Career Center sessions, which can include events, workshops, or 1-on-1 appointments.
Digital Studies Certificate Course Clusters
Theory and Analysis: Courses in this cluster focus on theorizing, explaining, and describing the relationships between digital, media, and communication technologies and society. They enable students to critically assess and analyze digital media and information, such as understanding the biases in seemingly neutral Google search results or examining how people use Twitter to build social movements
Digital Media Production: Courses in this cluster focus on developing hands-on skills in the use of digital, media, and communication technologies. They provide opportunities for students to develop their skills with a variety of digital tools, such as digital photography, mapping, and social media management.
Integration: Courses in this cluster bring together both understanding and using digital, media, and communication technologies.
Other courses may apply to each cluster with the approval of the Director of Digital Initiatives certificate advisor.
Theory and Analysis Cluster
|ANTH 2400||Exploring Culture through Social Media||3|
& ISMG 6180
|Information Systems Strategy|
and Information Systems Strategy
|COMM 2030||Digital Democracy||3|
|COMM 3650||Media and Society||3|
|COMM 4760/5760||New Media and Society||3|
|ENTP 6022||Digital Strategy for Entrepreneurs||3|
|GEOG 2080||Introduction to Mapping and Map Analysis||3|
|ISMG 2050||Introduction to Business Problem Solving||3|
|ISMG 3000||Technology In Business||3|
|MUSC 3700||Music and Entertainment Business in the Digital Age||3|
|PHIL 4920/5920||Philosophy of Media and Technology||3|
|INTE 5320||Games and Learning||3|
Digital Media Production Cluster
|COMM 2071||Media Writing Skills||3|
|COMM 2081||New Media Production and Management||3|
|ENGL 3084||Multimedia Composition||3|
|FINE 1810||PREDAC: 3D Foundations||3|
|FINE 1820||PREDAC: Animation Foundations||3|
|FINE 2155||Introduction to Digital Photography||3|
|FINE 2405||Introduction to Digital Design||3|
|GEOG 4080/5080||Introduction to GIS||3|
|GEOG 4081/5081||Cartography and Computer Mapping||3|
|INTE 5340||Learning with Digital Stories||3|
|INTE 5680||Producing Media for Learning||3|
|IWKS 2300/5350||Fundamentals of Computational Innovation||3|
|IWKS 3100/5170||3D Design, Computation and Prototyping||3|
|COMM 2051||Introduction to Strategic Communication||3|
|COMM 3660||Social Media for Social Change||3|
|COMM 4558/5558||Digital Health Narratives||3|
|ENGL 4190||Advanced Topics in Writing & Digital Studies||3|
|ENGL 5165||Literacy and Technology||3|
|HIST 3260/5260||Introduction to Digital Studies||3|
|INTE 5665||Learning with Social Media and Networking||3|
|INTE 5711||Creative Designs for Instructional Materials||3|
|IWKS 2100||Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Prototyping||3|
|IWKS 3180/5180||Inworks: Choose Your Own Adventure: Experiences in Design, Innovation and Prototyping||1-3|
|IWKS 3200/5200||Data Science for Innovators||3|
|IWKS 3700/5700||Innovation and Society||3|
|PUAD 4003||Effective Communication for Public Service||3|
|Take one additional course from any one of the three course clusters.||3|
To learn more about the Student Learning Outcomes for this program, please visit our website.