At the University of Colorado at Boulder, PhD students and faculty members participate in an interdisciplinary program that facilitates coursework and research in pursuit of a broad array of topics in technology, media and society. Students study and conduct research in:
• Business and economic models for the digital economy.
• Privacy, security, globalization, and ethics in the networked information age.
• Gender, under-represented 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.
• Methods and ramifications of human-computer interaction.
The interdisciplinary PhD program in Technology, Media and Society attracts highly motivated students whose interests at the intersections of technology, media and society are not met by traditional disciplinary PhD programs. Each student forms a faculty committee appropriate to his or her interests from the outset and works to construct an appropriate set of courses and candidacy exams.
The program involves faculty members from disciplines ranging from the arts, humanities and social sciences to the sciences, engineering, business and law.The program is small by design, assuring that each student will receive a great deal of individual attention from faculty, will participate in collaborative research with faculty, and will participate in a community where students and faculty are constantly educating each other.
The convergence of information and communication technologies, forming the networked information age, is profoundly affecting our nation and the world. Some consider the developments of the last 10-15 years to constitute the fourth of the “communication revolutions” that have marked the progress of mankind—following the emergence of the spoken word, the written word, and the development of the printing press.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) is:
• the driver behind the wave of globalization, outsourcing and off-shoring that is leading to a large and lasting transformation of the global economy.
• changing the nature of governmental and political control of societies by increasingly enabling people throughout the world to have access to a wide spectrum of communications and information.
• having profound impacts on national and global security, and on the privacy of individuals.
• redefining the media and entertainment industries and having a significant impact on literature and the arts.
• changing the nature and patterns of human interaction at the family level and beyond.
• impacting attention spans and learning modes, fundamentally affecting the design and delivery of education.
The networked information age is almost unprecedented in the range of disciplines involved in studying its impacts, and well as in the needs for multidisciplinary research. Among the disciplines that play key roles in assessing the impact of the networked information age and in constructing new approaches and knowledge for it are (alphabetically): Anthropology, Art, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Film, the Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Journalism, Law, Music, the Physical Sciences, Political Science, Sociology, Telecommunications, Theater and Dance, and Writing and Rhetoric.