The NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) is at the forefront of scholarship and teaching in media studies, attuned to the scale, scope, pace, and power of mediated communication in the twenty-first century. Our research and curriculum emphasize the study of global media and culture, digital media and new technologies, media history, visual culture, sound studies, media industries and infrastructures, media activism, and political communication.
MCC faculty include some of the world’s most renowned scholars of media, technology, and culture. Our approach to media and technology comes from an in-depth understanding of their history as social and cultural phenomena. We share a belief that teaching should both inform students and provide them with a set of analytical skills to help them be versatile thinkers engaged with the critical questions of modernity and post-modernity. To that end, together with our students we aspire to be a community of thinkers: one derivation of the word college (and the related colleague) is from the Latin for reading together.
In today’s 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 interconnected world. MCC courses examine issues of media and culture in the context of globalization and the flows 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 both an inspiration and a resource for the department. MCC partners with media institutions to provide students with networking and professional opportunities, while many of our courses address issues of urban life, urban migration, and cosmopolitanism.
Ours is a dynamic department that represents the cutting edges of scholarship in media studies. MCC students, from undergraduates to master's and doctoral candidates, have entered careers in media, digital start-ups, non-profit organizations, law and government, education and the academy.
- Lisa Gitelman, Chair