The networked information age is almost unprecedented in the range of disciplines involved in studying its impacts, as well as in the need for multidisciplinary research. Developed in response to the profound impact of the convergence of information and communication technology, the PhD in Technology, Media and Society explores technology and communication, especially as they pertain to: globalization, outsourcing and offshoring leading to a transformation in the global economy; the vast spectrum of communications and information that occur globally; global security and issues of privacy; the reshaping of media, entertainment and cultural content in the age of information; shifts in human interaction; and changes in attention spans and learning modes, as well as how they affect education.
Those admitted to the program are self-directed, highly-motivated students who have demonstrated high achievement and a strong understanding of the interdisciplinary education and research that they wish to pursue. Each PhD degree plan is structured to include a unique mix of foundational courses in technology, social sciences and digital media. In addition, each student is required to take at least one qualitative and one quantitative methods course. Students are also required to take the ATLAS PhD seminar.
The curriculum encourages students to pursue studies in a broad array of topics related to technology, media and society. A few research areas include: business and economic models for the digital economy; privacy, security, globalization and ethics in the networked information age; gender, underrepresented groups and the information age; impacts of information and communication technologies on education, business and scientific practice; the mobile information society; new forms of digital media and entertainment; and methods and ramifications of human-computer interaction. Students benefit from faculty members whose fields of expertise include the arts, humanities, social sciences, the sciences, engineering, business and law.