MU offers new undergraduate certificate in Digital Global Studies

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 5:42 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Center for the Digital Globe at MU is offering a new interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate in Digital Global Studies. The MU Global Connect certificate is designed to prepare students from any major to adjust to the new global job market.

"This certificate will help students gain knowledge in globalization, world commerce and trade and just sense of other cultures," said Giorgi Topouria, a doctoral candidate at the Missouri School of Journalism who helps oversee the certificate. "It will allow them to appreciate diversity and the process of globalization."

The certificate structure was modeled after the Multicultural Certificate, another undergraduate certificate offered through the College of Arts and Science, Topouria said. 

Similarly, students must complete 15 credit hours that are specific to globalization. The courses include a core introductory seminar, two elective courses, experiential learning and a core-concluding seminar. The experiential learning component of the program can be a local internship or a study abroad program. 

Monika Fischer, associate director of the Honors College and facilitator of the new program, said that when she thinks about how this certificate can help students, those in engineering quickly come to mind.

"As engineering students start to apply for jobs, they will realize that employers will be wondering what they know about the world because they attended school in Columbia, Mo.," Fischer said. "But through this certificate, they will gain the exposure needed to make them employable."

Not only should this certificate engage prospective employers, but it will also enhance scholarship opportunities and graduate school admission, Topouria said. 

"The MGC will be proof that they have been exposed to globalization issues," Topouria said, "and as the issue of globalization becomes more relevant, students will already be prepared."

Programs offered through the certificate will start in spring 2013. 

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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