The Digital Studies Certificate is open to all undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
To earn a Digital Studies Certificate, students must complete all requirements for a Bachelor’s degree, requirements of the declared major(s), and graduate from UW-Madison. In addition, students must take all required courses for a letter grade, except for the capstone course which is credit/no credit.
To complete the certificate, students will need at least 16 credits:
If possible, students are encouraged to start the Digital Studies curriculum by taking a Core course. However, courses may be taken in any order, at any time during the students’ academic career.
All students are required to take ONE of the four core courses listed below. Core courses are open to all undergraduate students.
Communication Arts 200: Introduction to Digital Communication
This course is an introduction to digital communication and how it shapes our everyday lives. Students will develop digital communication skills, explore digital media tools and trends, and examine expressions of power online.
This course is typically taught both fall and spring semesters.
Journalism 175: Media Fluency for the Digital Age
The media landscape has changed vastly over the last 20 years, and it has major ramifications for how we see the practice and professions of journalism and strategic communication. Through discussions in class and a group media fluency blog, students will examine and engage with this contemporary media landscape.
This course is offered online in the summer only.
Library & Information Studies 201: The Information Society
This course examines important social, legal, and historical contexts of information and information technologies, and explores significant social, legal, and moral questions that surround those technologies. This course satisfies the Comm B requirement.
This course is typically taught in the fall.
English 178: Digital Media, Literature, and Culture
This course is an introduction to the intersection of ever-evolving digital technologies with the production and reception of literature. Lectures will examine the role of digital media in structuring the knowledge and experience of literary works; discussions will provide opportunity for critical and potentially creative practice. This course counts toward the Literature requirement.
Student must complete the capstone requirement when they have enrolled in their final course for the certificate or have completed all of the required coursework.
For students who declared the certificate after August 27, 2017:
Enroll in Com Arts 605: Digital Studies Capstone (email the Digital Studies advisor to request permission to enroll)
For students who declared the certificate prior to August 28, 2017:
Choose one of the following options:
- Enroll in Com Arts 605: Digital Studies Capstone (email the Digital Studies advisor to request permission to enroll)
- Submit a capstone project that has been completed in a Digital Studies course (see the Digital Studies advisor for more information about this option)
Quality of Work
To earn the Digital Studies Certificate, students must complete all requirements for a Bachelor’s degree, requirements of the declared major(s), and graduate from UW-Madison. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for courses counting toward the Certificate and 9 credits counting toward the Certificate must be taken in-residence.