Undergraduate Certificate

Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to study and create new information technologies and to analyze their impact on art, culture, science, commerce, society, policy, and the environment.


We believe digital literacy and digital media authorship skills are core competencies for 21st century citizens, whatever paths they take in their lives and work. ISS Students come from a range of background and experiences. Some take individual courses, while others enroll in our Certificate program. This interdisciplinary program is especially relevant to students interested in digital and public humanities, library and information studies, computational media arts, and critical approaches to digital culture and computation, but serves students from around campus. The majors of our Certificate graduates vary from year to year, with good representation from Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Social Sciences, Computer Science, and Physical Sciences. We offer both Certificate 1.0 and Certificate 2.0 (Experiential) options. 

ISS Learning Objectives:

  • Hands-on technology exploration combined with critical and analytical meta analyses of the technologies
  • Collaborative, student-driven original projects and research experiences
  • Course assignments with real-world translational applications that require the development of professional project skills, such as long-term project management, effective communication strategies, and a familiarity of a variety of information solutions and best practices.

No more than two courses that are counted toward the ISS Certificate may also satisfy the requirements of any major, minor, or other certificate program. (NOTE: Pratt students may count additional ISS courses toward their major elective requirements.) Only students who have officially declared their major may enroll in the program, although all students may take ISS courses on a first-come/first-served basis, with ISS certificate students having preference.

To declare an ISS Certificate, after you have declared your major,  fill out the appropriate paperwork for Academic Plan Change with the Registrar's Office and complete an ISS Certificate Checklist. To review your Checklist and Certificate plans, please schedule an appointment with the Certificate Program Director, Victoria Szabo. Contact us at iss-info@duke.edu for more information and/or to set up an advising appointment.