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Media, Technology, and Society

Graduate work in Media, Technology and Society covers research on media and technological processes, their consequences, and the role that mass communication plays in both public and private life. Courses focus on local, national, and global media systems and audiences, as well as emerging information and communication technologies and environments.  Current MTS includes the impact of new technologies on media and society, cognitive and emotional reactions to media, children and video games, global communication networks, the impact of communication technologies on privacy, and health promotion in the media.

Purdue Media, Technology and Society Offers You the Opportunity to:

  1. Obtain a degree from one of the top-ranked communication programs in the nation
  2. Work with some of the most prolific scholars in the discipline of Communication
  3. Design a personally-tailored plan of study that best suits your needs
  4. Collaborate with faculty members and fellow graduate students on multidisciplinary research projects
  5. Work and conduct research in an internationally ranked science and technology university
  6. Teach or assist with undergraduate MTS courses

Program Strengths and Faculty Interests:

Health and new media: Bart Collins, Hyunyi Cho
Instructional Technology: Erina MacGeorge
Media effects and history: Glenn Sparks, Jane Natt, Robert Ogles
Television production and technology: Pat Rochon, Scott Schroeder
Information security, privacy, and ethics: Lorraine Kisselburgh, Gene Spafford
New media, cognition, and interaction in online environments: Howard Sypher, Bart Collins, Lorraine Kisselburgh, Seungyoon Lee, Sorin Matei
Network systems and organizations: Lorraine Kisselburgh, Seungyoon Lee, Sorin Matei

Selected Course Offerings:

  1. Historical Trends in Mass Communication Research (COM 558)
  2. Current Trends in Mass Communication Research (COM 559)
  3. Online Interaction and Facilitation (COM 632)
  4. Media Effects (COM 674)
  5. Technology, Organizations, and Work (COM 674)
  6. Communication and Social Networks (COM 674)
  7. Telecommunication and Health (COM 676)
  8. Health and Media (COM 676)

Interdisciplinary Connections:

MTS faculty members are engaged in various interdisciplinary initiatives, including the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, Center for Education and Research in Information Security and Assurance (CERIAS), and the Envision Center for Data Visualization.  Students have the opportunity to develop research and professional connections through all of these programs.