Both new and old communication technologies have transformed modern culture. Courses in this area concentration explore how media, particularly new digital media, change the way we build relationships, form communities, exchange information, govern ourselves and do business.

Graduate students area of concentration is in Technology and Society.

Graduate students who wish to learn more about communication technology and society can enroll in the Department of Communication courses listed below. Students also typically enroll in other courses within and outside the Department, and students are welcome to develop programs of study that combine different area emphases.

COM 514 Critical Discourse Analysis
COM 514 Experimental Design
COM 516 Descriptive and Analytic Comm Research Methods
COM 517 Survey Research
COM 520 Statistical Methods in Communication
COM 521 Advanced Statistical Methods in Communication
COM 528 Internet Research
COM 535 Critical Theory Applications in Comm
COM 537 Comm and Community
COM 538 Theories and Criticism of Comm Technology
COM 542 Readings in Comm History
COM 543 Research Seminar in Historic and Contemporary Comm
COM 545 Development of Mass Comm
COM 547 Telecommunications Policy and Convergent Media
COM 549 Mass Comm Process and Effects
COM 550 European Union Information Society Policy
COM 565 Mass Media Structure

Undergraduate students area of concentration is in Tech and Global Media.

Successive revolutions in technology have created a rapidly evolving global communication system that reflects and affects nearly every aspect of social life including the way we develop and maintain personal relationships, form communities, do business, create and disseminate news, experience cultural similarities and differences, and govern ourselves at all levels. Classes in the area of technology and global media explore these connections.

Courses: Undergraduate students who wish to learn more about Technology and Global Media can enroll in the Department of Communication courses listed below.

COM 294 Multimedia Skills Workshop (1-3, max. 5)
COM 300 Basic Concepts of New Media (5) VLPA/I&S
COM 302 The Cultural Impact of Information Technology (5) VLPA/I&S
COM 303 Social Effects of Technology and Social Media (5)
COM 321 Communications in International Relations (5) I&S
COM 322 Global Communication (5) I&S
COM 339 The Business of Media in the Digital Age (5) I&S
COM 340 History of Mass Communication (5) I&S
COM 401 Telecommunication Policy and Convergent Media (5) I&S
COM 403 Dark Sides of Digital Media (5)
COM 407 Communication Technology and Politics (5) I&S
COM 423 Communication and Social Change (5) I&S
COM 425 European Media Systems (5) I&S
COM 441 United States Media History (5) I&S
COM 442 History of Media Technology and Regulation (5) I&S
COM 450 International Communication Law and Policy (5) I&S


Learn about Technology and Global Media from the faculty members who teach classes in this area.


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