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Digital Studies Certificate

Our Digital Studies Certificate program gives you the opportunity to gain in-demand digital skills that will expand your knowledge and better prepare you for your chosen career field. 

Certificate Benefits

The Digital Studies Certificate requires 12 credit hours that will earn you an impressive certification on your official transcript, separate from your diploma. You can choose from over 35 courses to create an individualized digital curriculum that will make you more marketable in your new career.

The program brings together academic departments from across campus, from the College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Information and Mass Communications, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Students have the opportunity to produce their own digital content and to critically assess the digital content they encounter. The program includes hands-on experiences that prepare students for their future careers while becoming more skilled at using digital technologies in their everyday lives.

Students engage in web design, video production, database management, computer networking, social media content design, data visualization and much more. 

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Course Options

CSCE 101 - Introduction to Computer Concepts

GEOG 105 - The Digital Earth

ISCI 201 - Introduction to Information Science

ITEC 101 - Thriving in the Tech Age

MART 210 - Digital Media Arts Fundamentals

CSCE 102 - General Applications Programming

CSCE 201 - Introduction to Computer Security

CSCE 104 - Program Design and Development

CSCE 106 - Scientific Applications Programming

CSCE 207 - UNIX System Administration

CSCE 500 - Computer Programming and Applications

CSCE 567 - Visualization Tools

ITEC 233 - Introduction to Computer Hardware and Software

ITEC 245 - Introduction to Networking

ITEC 264 - Computer Applications in Business I

ITEC 265 - Introduction to Databases

ITEC 362 - Introduction to Web Systems

ITEC 560 - Project Management Methods

ITEC 370 - Database Systems in Information Technology

ISCI 202 - Introduction to Information Literacy and Technology

ISCI 301 - Information Storage and Retrieval

ISCI 402 - Introduction to Management Within Info Environments

ISCI 415 - Social Informatics

ISCI 430 - User-Centered Information Architecture

ISCI 560 - Information Visualization

GEOG 263 - Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 341 - Cartography

GEOG 345 - Interpretation of Aerial Photographs

GEOG 554 - Spatial Programming

GEOG 563 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 564 - GIS-Based Modeling

MART 262 - Digital Compositing

MART 371 - The Moving Image

MART 380 - New Media Art

MART 571C - Moving Image Advanced: Animation

* Academic Bulletin Course Listings


Summer 2024 Offerings

Certificate Requirements
Select ONE of the required courses (in bold) and THREE other courses

Full Summer Session (3S0)

May 6 - July 25

Exams: July 26 and 27

CSCE 101

6 Week Session I (3S1)

May 6 - June 13

Exams: June 14 and 15

CSCE 102, CSCE 567, GEOG 105

6 Week Session II (3S2)

June 17 - July 25

Exams: July 26 and 27

GEOG 105, ITEC 101, ITEC 233, ITEC 245

3 Week Session I (3S3)

May 6 - May 22

Exams: May 24

ITEC 264

3 Week Session II (3S4)

May 28 - June 13

Exams: June 14

ITEC 265

3 Week Session III (3S5)

June 17 - July 3

Exams: July 5

ITEC 362

9 Week Session I (3S6)

May 28 - July 25

Exams: July 26 and 27

ITEC 560


How It Works

  1. Let us know you're interested by completing a Digital Studies Interest Form.
  2. After reviewing with your academic advisor, we'll add the Certificate to your curriculum in Banner.
  3. Complete 12 credit hours from the course list below. We'll keep track of your progress in DegreeWorks.
  4. Complete a Certificate Application along with your degree application during your final semester.
  5. Be recognized on your transcript, your commencement program, and by official certificate. Be all the more prepared for the career you want!


  • The certificate must be completed concurrently with your undergraduate degree and it cannot delay graduation. 
  • A minimum institutional GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  • Two of the four required courses must be taken at the USC Columbia campus.
  • All coursework that applies to the certificate must be earned with a grade of C or better.

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