A Brief History

Radio, Television, Film (1958-1975)

The predecessor of the Department of Media and Information was founded in 1958. Then known as the Department of Radio, Television, and Film, it was one of five departments in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS), the oldest of its kind in the United States, established in 1955. Broadcasting was the core industry covered in teaching and research.

Telecommunications (1975-2003)

With the influx of computing into traditional media and telecommunications industries, the entire media sector started to change at an accelerated speed. The Department evolved in parallel with the innovations in communications technology and services. To reflect some of these changes and their impact on our department, the original name was changed to Department of Telecommunication in 1975 (TC).

Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media (2003-2014)

It was further adapted in 2003, when it became the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media (TISM). The name change again mirrored the rapidly changing media and telecommunication sector: the growing importance of data communications and the Internet, the rapid ascendance of mobile communications and social media, and the pervasive changes in society accompanying them.

Media and Information (2014-present)

Digitization and the rapid growth of the Internet have radically changed the ecosystem of communications. The specialized networks of the past (broadcasting, cable TV, telephone, data) are increasingly replaced by integrated all-IP networks. Applications and services as well as over-the-top (OTT) players such as Netflix in addition to network operators have become powerful drivers of innovation.

Our new name, Department of Media and Information (M&I) better reflects this new world of Internet communication, social media, and the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT). The fusion of media and information technology and industries has unleashed tremendous innovations and our department contributes to them in teaching, research and by giving back to society at large.

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