“At CCT we try to ask questions in new ways in order to seek creative and achievable outcomes that conventional disciplinary modes of knowledge production may not be able to anticipate. Further, we do this in community, knowing that no single person contains as much insight and wisdom as an engaged, diverse, curious and collegial group of faculty and students.” – Matthew Tinkcom, CCT Director
Communication, Culture & Technology is a Master of Arts degree and flagship interdisciplinary program at Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Since 1996, we have been studying the impact of technology on society, using tools from multiple disciplines to develop fresh insight and solutions.
CCT students are strong analytical thinkers and problem-solvers. They use their diverse academic backgrounds as starting points for the learning and development that they direct for themselves.
During the program, they are challenged to explore and integrate areas previously unfamiliar to them. By the time they complete the program, CCTers are prepared for careers that need articulate, nimble, innovative thinkers and strategists – in other words, people with the skills to succeed when work environments face radical changes due to technology.
Our alumni use these skills in a wide variety of fields: academia, journalism, data analysis, communications, politics, business, technology, consultancy, and more. Even long after graduation, they continue to enjoy the benefits of a CCT network, connecting with students, faculty and fellow alums to share ideas, tips and opportunities.
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- People: read faculty, student, and alumni profiles. Contact us if you would like an introduction.
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- Careers: check out some of the positions held by our graduates.
The idea for CCT began in the early 1990s when a digital environment started to emerge that would rapidly revolutionize ways of communicating, working, and living. In response, Georgetown’s Graduate School created a Master’s program to prepare students to be leaders, scholars, and contributors in a new networked world.
As founding director, Prof. Martin Irvine, observed: “The interdisciplinary, problem-centric model that we began with in 1996 still guides us today. From the beginning, we recognized that the complex, interdependent social-technical world that we live in demands more than one discipline for defining knowledge and preparing students to be successful.”
Today the CCT community comprises faculty, staff, students, and alumni representing a great diversity of backgrounds, cultures, languages, passions, and dreams for the future. The questions we ask and the answers we seek cover an ever-widening and endlessly fascinating expanse of inquiry.
CCT is an interdisciplinary Master’s degree program devoted to the study and design of communication, media, and information technology in the full scope of their social, political, cultural, technical, and economic complexity. We promote a holistic, multidisciplinary analysis of communications and media systems, expanding the boundaries of theory, substantive knowledge, making, and practice. Our curriculum prepares students to be critical thinkers, exemplary scholars, and content creators who apply their knowledge in meaningful ways to the problems and challenges of a world being shaped by the globalizing forces of computational and digital communication and information technologies and international media systems.