MU GLOBAL CONNECT – Digital Global Studies Undergraduate Certificate Program
Summary of Project
No longer a niche field, digitization now permeates societies and institutions around the globe, and understanding the ever-evolving relationship between digital technology and globalization is key to success in today’s world. To support this mission, Mizzou Advantage funded MU Global Connect, a project to develop an undergraduate certificate that spans disciplines and provides mentorship to students. The intention is to help MU students develop a high degree of cultural competence in the uses, ethics and stakes of digital technology globally, to prepare them for work in the digital age.
In fall 2012, the Center for the Digital Globe (CDiG) launched the Digital Global Studies Undergraduate Certificate. It is a 15 hour project-oriented and interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore the impact of technology, in particular digital technology, in two key areas: business/entrepreneurship and the nonprofit (NGO) sector. The certificate emphasizes the relationship between cultural diversity, globalization and digital communications and their effects on international business and the NGO sector. Additionally, students will gain hands-on experience in international business and the NGO sector through internship/volunteer work in global organizations and businesses.
All current MU undergraduate students in any discipline are eligible to participate. To complete this program, students must formally apply and be admitted to the program. Upon completion of the program, the following notation with the official date of completion will be placed on students’ official transcript: MU Global Connect Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Global Studies - Center for the Digital Globe.
The certificate provides many opportunities for undergraduate students, including:
• Global “hands-on” internships
• Unique collaborative projects
• Interdisciplinary cooperation
• Survey of digital media use in developing countries
• Focused study of global issues: food security, climate, media, health and other key contemporary topics
• Critical eye towards the value of digital media
• Analysis of global trends in communication
To learn more about the undergraduate certificate, visit cdig.missouri.edu/globalconnect or download the brochure.