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There’s nothing minor about a certificate from UW-Madison

You’ve already figured out your major. But there’s more you can do to stand out.  Summer Term is a perfect time to make progress on a certificate in addition to your degree.

In just a few short weeks, you can add broaden your knowledge and open up more time in fall and spring to focus on your major. Many courses are offered online—or stay on campus to enjoy Madison in our favorite season.

Explore Certificate Choices

  • UW-Madison has over 50 certificates in program areas ranging from Dance to Global Health to Science of Fermented Food and Beverages.
  • Take a look at DARS and talk to your advisor. If you have already declared a certificate, DARS will show you what requirements you still need to meet. Your advisor can help you figure out how summer courses can help you make progress towards a certificate.
  • Search summer courses to find an option that works for you.
  • Enroll. Summer Term enrollment opens the week of March 30, 2020. Check MyUW for the appointment time from the registrar.

Did You Know?

If you’re exploring different options, you can review the list of certificates and then run a What-If DARS to see what you would need to do to fulfill a certificate that interests you.

Here are examples of courses offered in summer 2020 in some of UW-Madison’s most popular certificates. In this list, an * indicates that some or all sections of this course are online.

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Environmental Studies

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics 350: World Hunger and Malnutrition*
  • Environmental Studies 112: Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective
  • Forest and Wildlife Ecology 460: General Ecology
  • Urban and Regional Planning 449: Government and Natural Resources

Learn more about the Environmental Studies Certificate

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  • General Business 310: Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance for Non-Business Majors*
  • Management And Human Resources 322: Introduction To Entrepreneurial Management*
  • Marketing 355: Marketing in a Digital Age*
  • Philosophy 243: Ethics in Business
  • Theatre 501: The Business of Acting*

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in entrepreneurship

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Digital Studies

  • Communication Arts 355: Introduction to Media Production
  • Computer Science 200: Programming I
  • Journalism 175: Media Fluency for the Digital Age*
  • Library & Information Studies 202: Informational Divides and Differences in a Multicultural Society*

Learn more about the Digital Studies Certificate

Legal Studies 131 - Criminal Justice in America lecture course

Criminal Justice

  • Counseling Psychology 225: Coming to Terms with Cultural Diversity: Invitation to Dialogue*
  • Legal Studies 425: Crime, Gender and Justice*
  • Social Work 453: Alcohol And Other Drug Abuse
  • Sociology 131: Criminal Justice in America

Learn more about the Criminal Justice Certificate

Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations class


  • Finance 300: Introduction to Finance*
  • Marketing 300: Marketing Management*
  • Operations and Technology Management 300: Operations Management*
  • Real Estate & Urban Land Economics 306: The Real Estate Process*

Learn more about the Certificate in Business

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