The NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) is at the forefront of innovative scholarship and teaching. Our research and curriculum emphasizes the study of global media and culture, digital media and new technologies, media history, visual culture, sound studies, network studies, media institutions and industries, and political communication.
Our faculty includes many world-renowned scholars of media and culture who investigate the role of the media, images, and communication and cultural practices. Our approach to the challenges of the current media environment comes from an in-depth understanding of technology as a social and cultural phenomenon and the histories of media and technology that have brought us to where we are today. We share a belief that teaching aims both to inform students and to provide them with a set of analytical and theoretical skills that can help them to be versatile thinkers and engaged with critical issues of our times.
In the rapidly changing context of digital media, mobile platforms, global cultural flow, and economic volatility, we see the intersections of media, culture, and communication as crucial to understanding and navigating an increasingly globally connected world. Our courses examine issues of media and culture in the context of globalization and the flow of culture and media transnationally and transculturally. The department offers significant opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to study at sites around the world.
We also take our location in New York City as an important resource for the department, working with professional communities to provide for students career opportunities in media and communication, and addressing issues of urban life in our courses. Each year, dedicated alumni of our program return to campus to offer internship positions and career guidance for current students. This is a dynamic department that represents the cutting edge of scholarship in media, culture, and communication. Our students, from undergraduates to master's and doctoral candidates, have entered careers in traditional media industries, digital technology, cultural production, non-profit organizations, government, and academia.
- Marita Sturken, Chair