Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC)!

Our website is designed to provide you the latest information about our research, teaching, and professional outreach.

Spend some time scanning our course offerings, research projects, and faculty and student profiles. As you’ll see, our approach to contemporary mediated communication is organized around the following cutting-edge themes: visual culture and sound studies, digital media and technology, globalization and transcultural studies, and media institutions and politics.

For NYU undergraduates, we also offer minors in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology (with Stern School of Business and Tisch School of the Arts) and Disability Studies (with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Tandon School of Engineering).

What sets MCC apart from other media and communications programs? I think three words best capture the MCC difference: global, critical, and engaged.

Our reach is truly global. Our faculty is conducting research around the world, from East and South Asia to Western Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Our classes are globally oriented and many are held far from Washington Square at NYU Study Abroad centers in Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Paris, Prague, and Sydney, just to name a few.

Our approach is also critical, by which I mean that we do not limit our imagination and analyses to some narrow definition of the status quo. We strive to be open-minded and reflexive, to cut through the hype and see clearly how media and communications are transforming our world.

Which brings us to the third element: engaged. Our professors conduct research that reaches beyond the academy and often makes an impact in the wider public sphere. Our students go on to careers in major media organizations, digital startups, and nonprofits, as well as in other leading universities, where they make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Global, critical, engaged: NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication is all of these and more. We welcome your interest in MCC and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more.

—Rodney Benson