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Digital Intelligence Certificate Track

The Digital Intelligence (DQ) certificate is a new track within the Science & Society Undergraduate Certificate program in partnership with the Center for Computational Thinking. Visit the Website

The Digital Intelligence certificate track focuses on providing undergraduate students with foundational understanding of contemporary and emerging computational thinking, such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, web/mobile technologies, databases and software engineering.

Technology rapidly transforms society with an implicit promise to help us live better lives. While the positive effects are indisputable, the tenet ‘move fast and break things’ also creates harmful consequences for individuals, societies, and our planet. The Duke Digital Intelligence curriculum will teach students how to view impactful technologies through an ethical lens.

Digital Intelligence Certificate Information Session

Earn Credit Hours Toward the Certificate Over Winter Break!

Winter Breakaway Co-curricular Opportunity.

Digital Intelligence: The Ethics of Emerging Technologies.

In a flipped-classroom format, students will watch asynchronous videos featuring Professor Farahany interviewing leading technology, ethics, and policy experts as they discuss relevant and timely topics such as algorithmic bias, transparency, deepfakes and misinformation, and corporate surveillance. Students will meet in small discussion groups with discussion leaders from Science & Society to critically engage with a practical ethics approach to the topics presented in the video.

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Late registration is accepted! Contact Sarah Rispin-Sedlak to express your interest and start the process.

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Computing and Ethics

The Digital Intelligence course will be launching in the spring semester of 2021. The course considers a range of impactful emerging technologies through an applied ethical lens. In a flipped-classroom format, students will watch videos on a weekly basis featuring leading technology, ethics, and policy experts as they discuss relevant and timely topics. Students will meet in small discussion groups to collectively engage with essential themes presented in the video and related literature.

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Duke Center for Computational Thinking


The Center for Computational Thinking (CCT) recognizes that faculty, students, and staff from different disciplines have different needs and interests, and will provide customized training in computation, modeling, data science, and the ethics of emerging technologies. This training will add value to the traditional curriculum, preparing students for the modern workforce, where computational skills are a key to graduate success.


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Opportunities for Students

The programs within the Center for Computational Thinking are delivered both from the Center and by its partners and connect students to a variety of accessible learning opportunities through multiple pathways including:

  • Earn credit hours for the certificate through Winter Breakaway courses.
  • Curricular team-based learning via majors/minors and graduate programs, especially team-based experiences
  • Co-curricular learning to enhance coursework
  • Personalized learning through workshops, synchronous and asynchronous learning, project-based experiences, summer programs, and events