Congratulations on your acceptance to the CCT Program! Use this page to explore what awaits you as a CCTer. You’ll find an exciting array of learning opportunities and connections available here. Prepare to choose your own adventure!
Over the past two decades our emphasis has been to foster two central ideas at the heart of Georgetown that link CCT’s interdisciplinary work with two of Georgetown’s core values: contemplation in action, and women and men for others.
The first idea is that we bridge research and action and we avoid dividing theory from practice. Thus, we emphasize studying the history and theory of communications networks, analyzing culture-as-lived-experience, and linking the roles that existing and developing technologies play in the interplay of communications and cultures. We know that we all make the best decisions—individually and collectively—when we understand the longer-standing interplay of technology and social life.
The second idea—women and men for others--recognizes that each student’s talents and capabilities deserve to be used in the service of others, be they professional colleagues, the communities we live in and serve, or our networks of family and friends. We live in a time of remarkable changes in the ways that we produce knowledge about the world in which we live and the varying ways we share that knowledge with others across the world, and one way to make the best use of one's education is to find new ways to share it.
- – Matthew Tinkcom, CCT Core Faculty
Planning Your First Steps
Making financial plans? See Cost of Attendance and additional Funding Options. For information about federal loans, consult Student Financial Services and speak to the advisors there. Refer to Federal Financial Aid worksheets for Full-Time and Part-Time students. For tuition payment dates and options, see Student Accounts, Policies and Procedures and How do I ... See also information about Student Health Insurance and requests to waive the provided plan.
Need housing? All graduate students at Georgetown live off-campus. The Office of Off-Campus Housing provides apartment listings and helpful resources, including Neighborhoods to Consider, Transportation and Parking, and Tenant Information.
Planning your move dates? Here are the mandatory orientations to note:
- CCT Orientation, August 27
- Graduate School Orientation, August 28
- International Student Orientation, August 20 – 21. (Required for those with student visas.)
Interested in an on-campus job? Once you have your student log-in, you would be able to search for jobs listed on the Student Employment website and start work as early as Summer 2018. Departments and research units across campus advertise here. International students must first read work authorization instructions.
Want to talk to someone who’s made all these decisions before? Contact Ai-Hui to be matched with a CCT buddy. By mid-summer, all incoming students will be added to email groups to connect them with current students. They will also join the Grad School Facebook group for new students.
Watch videos from recent CCT events:
CCT Open House: watch the Q&A sessions on the CCT Facebook page.
If you missed Dr. Diana Owen's book talk on Internet Election Campaigns, you can watch the video on the CCT YouTube channel.
If you missed gnoviCon on Artificial Intelligence, watch the video on the gnovis Facebook page.
Ready to enroll? See the Graduate School Admitted Students page.
Wondering how Georgetown handles snow days and other emergencies? See our Safety and Emergency Preparedness page.
Building Your Curriculum
It takes 39 credits to complete the CCT degree. The 2 required courses make up 6 credits. It’s up to you to choose electives to fulfill the remaining credits. You may also write a thesis. See past theses.
Electives may be:
- Courses offered at CCT.
- Courses offered as part of Graduate Certificate Programs. Look out for announcements about CCT’s brand-new Certificate in Journalism & Digital Media.
- Courses offered by other schools at Georgetown University. Examples include the School of Foreign Service, the McDonough School of Business, the McCourt School of Public Policy, and the Georgetown Law Center.
- Courses offered at other institutions within the Washington Consortium of Universities.
- Independent study projects and internships.
Graduate classes meet once a week for 2.5 hours. Elective classes are seminar-style with no more than 15 students. Mandatory classes have 60-70 students at the lecture and no more than 15 in recitations (tutorial groups) led by a Teaching Assistant. See what a week in the life of a CCTer could look like.
Expanding Skills and Interests
CCTers regularly challenge themselves to add to their skill sets. See Non-Credit Options for information about free language courses, teaching apprenticeships, and media and technology classes.
Students organize their own skills workshops called Car Barn Labs, and showcase creative projects during the annual MediaFest. They use facilities like the CCT Technology Design Studio and Maker Hub at Georgetown’s Lauinger Library. Read one student’s story of going from being a non-coder to winning at the Vatican VHacks competition.
Interested in getting published? CCT also has a student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal called gnovis.
Other student initiatives include radio production with Georgetown Forum and promoting sustainability through GreenUp. See Projects for more details.
Shaping Your Professional Identity
As they explore new skills and interests, CCTers are well aware of how these add to the unique combination that makes up their professional identities. Through networking and engagement with scholars and industry contacts, students practice talking about their passions in ways that resonate with future employers.
Growing your support networks
Because CCTers are different from each other in terms of academic backgrounds and career goals, they tend not to compete and are instead happy to share leads and help each other learn. To CCTers, the person who doesn’t know what they know is probably the same person who can teach them something cool.
Besides working together on student projects, CCTers connect with alumni through the CCT Network on LinkedIn, Hoya Gateway (for Georgetown University alumni), and other events that bring grads back to the Hilltop. One of these is our Open House. The CCT Program also regularly shares tips and opportunities provided by alums.
Students are also active participants in Graduate School Government, or GradGov. The current President is our own Rima Mandwee. With GradGov, CCTers have plentiful opportunities to meet and work with other Georgetown grad students.
CCT Orientation Day
CCT’s Orientation Day will take place on Monday, August 27. Orientation is mandatory as this is the best time to meet the people who will be a big part of your grad student life. Materials are provided below to help you navigate your new environment.
On Orientation Day, make sure you have these 3 items:
- One question that you would like to explore academically at CCT. Make the question reasonably specific. For example: “How are new communication technologies changing beekeeping communities?” Instead of: “What are the new communication technologies?”
- Your answer to the question: What area do you know nothing about now but would love to learn at CCT?
- Your GO Card. You will need this to enter the Library. If you don’t have your GO Card that day, please bring another form of photo ID (e.g. driver’s license or passport).
All sessions will be in the Healey Family Student Center, Social Room, except for the Walking Tour.
|9:00 AM:||Check in and Morning Coffee|
|9:30 AM:||Welcome from CCT Director, David Lightfoot|
|9:40 AM:||Meet CCT Faculty, Staff and Fellow Students|
|11:25 AM:||Meet Campus Contacts|
|12:15 PM:||Lunch *|
|1:15 PM:||Walking Tour of CCT-significant locations|
|2:15 PM:||CCT Bingo|
|3:00 PM:||Sarah Twose Answers Your Questions|
*Lunch: Meat and Vegetarian options will be provided. If you have other specific food requirements, please let Ai-Hui know by August 15.
BOOKMARK THESE LINKS – YOU WILL REFER TO THEM A LOT:
- Academic Guidelines:
- To understand the academic opportunities available to you – and how to pursue them, see the CCT Student Handbook. Many FAQs answered here!
- To know the Graduate School’s academic policies and procedures, see the Graduate Bulletin.
- To ensure you’re upholding Georgetown’s Honor Code (e.g. not plagiarizing, improperly citing sources, falsifying info, etc.), read What is Plagiarism, Standards of Conduct, and the Honor Council’s Policies and Procedures.
- Essential Campus Contacts:
- Lauinger Library, Information for Graduate Students
- Writing Center, Guides and Resources
- Cawley Career Center Services, Career Events, Career Resources for International Students
- StartUp Hoyas
- Gelardin New Media Center, Media Technology Workshops, Maker Hub
- Student Health Center, Counseling Services, Health Insurance
- Campus sports and recreation