Welcome to the Department of Media and Information (M&I). We are a dynamic, interdisciplinary and energetic community of researchers, creators and teachers united by a passion for all aspects of media and information. A member of the iSchools Consortium, the department offers an environment of engaged learning and scholarship in which we design, explore and study the next frontiers of media and information technology, content and applications. Aware of the tremendous social and economic opportunities and effects of the Internet, social media, mobile communications and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), we also have a keen interest in the social effects of computer-mediated communications.
Students in our undergraduate programs can specialize in film production, game design and development, the creation of human-centered technology, media and information management, and policy. We have designed our curriculum flexibly to allow our students to pursue their passions and interest while building skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will position them well in a broad range of exciting, future-oriented careers. Many of our courses are also offered online so that students have more options to complete their degree within four years. Recent graduates are working at companies such as Facebook, Electronic Arts, ESPN, CBS, Discovery, WILX, Quicken Loans, GE, Ford, Liquid Web, and TechSmith to name but a few.
Our graduate programs offer options to acquire advanced practical knowledge in human computer interaction (HCI) as well as in media and information management. We also offer an online certificate in serious games. An increasing number of our graduate level courses is also available online. Our graduate degree programs position our graduates for a range of attractive career options in traditional and new media as well as in the IT technology sector.
We believe in the need to combine specific skills with the ability to understand the transformational forces affecting media and information in the U.S. and worldwide. With this goal in mind, our curriculum offers theoretical, practical, and integrative elements. Many courses use experiential learning that immerses students in practical problem-solving, often with private and public sector clients. Moreover, students can gain hands-on research and design experience in the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab, the Behavior Information Technology Laboratory (BITLab), several digital media studios, and the Quello Center for Media and Information Policy.
Our teaching benefits from the presence from innovative research groups covering many aspects of this modern media and information ecosystem. Strong teams exist in the areas of social media, human-computer interaction (HCI), management information systems, health IT and apps, information and communication technology for development (ICT4D), media effects and policy, serious games and meaningful play, as well as media arts. Faculty and students have been honored with numerous top-paper prizes at national and international conferences, and prestigious awards, including Emmys and Addys.
Our young and dynamic faculty is among the best in the country. During 2014, M&I faculty published 85 peer-reviewed pieces of research and creative scholarship (nearly four publications per faculty). Faculty and students worked on grants totaling $2.9 million awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture (DoA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as well as companies such as Facebook and Google.
Take advantage of the great faculty and other opportunities offered by M&I! And do not hesitate to step by and see me if you have any questions or if we can be of any other assistance!