“Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we’ve gained?”– Introduction to Digital Nation
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Mass media is everywhere. Whether you’re browsing a website, texting friends, talking on the phone with your boss, sending an e-mail or writing a paper, you are engaged with emerging media. In 1999, Google was barely a blip on the radar. In 2005, YouTube hadn’t yet distributed its first video, and Facebook had a mere 5.5 million users – almost exclusively American college students.
Today, the media landscape constantly shifts to accommodate and negotiate the influxes of new technologies, and the social and economic changes that accompany them. So, how do you learn to navigate and analyze an industry that’s continuously evolving? It’s clear that today’s media requires an understanding of not just communications, but also the human processes by which emerging media are developed, marketed, used, and inevitably shaped and reshaped by users. Boston University’s new Division of Emerging Media Studies will give you a strong foundation in both. The Division’s groundbreaking master’s degree program and first PhD program (beginning fall 2015) can prepare you for a vital role among the leaders, scholars, teachers, and collaborators of the world’s media future.
What is Emerging Media Studies?
Master of Arts in Emerging Media Studies (Fall 2014)
This unique degree program combines academic coursework, intensive research workshop seminars, and a year-long team project solving a problem for a real business client. The 40-credit program can be completed in one full year.
PhD in Emerging Media Studies (Launching Fall 2015)
Designed for students with a master’s degree, the 68-credit program can be completed in three years of full-time study, including summers. Graduates will be sophisticated researchers and critical thinkers, ready to take positions of leadership in industry, academia, government, and nonprofit organizations.
Learn more about our MA and PhD programs or contact Manny Dotel, our Administrator of Graduate Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or register here for more information
Emerging media is the continuously changing, evolving, and adaptive use of technology and digital content and its relationship to work, play, and learning. Emerging media studies the processes of both expanding and diminishing access to information on the basis of time and space constraints, and its effects, ripples, and interplay within and between institutions, politics, and social relationships between people.
Emerging Media Studies is a multidisciplinary field integrating critical analysis, creativity and communication into strategies for effective business, entertainment, education and research use through the examination of social networks, new media, and virtual worlds. Located within the College of Communications and through a range of disciplines including media studies, communication, psychology, art, history, writing, philosophy, and sociology, our programs address the importance of understanding the social and cultural implications of an “always on” world.