Google. Facebook. The iPad. Android Apps. These ubiquitous products and services are only a few examples of how the world’s media landscape has transformed in less than a decade.
If you want to be a leader in the next phase of this ever-changing and dynamic field of digital communication, Widener’s media informatics major — the only program of its kind in the Northeast — could be the right degree for you.
What do “Informatics” and “Media Informatics” mean?
Informatics, long a term used by European universities, has taken shape in the U.S. over the past 15 years. It is defined as “the appreciation and understanding of the ways that humans are shaped by and help shape the computer environment.” Media informatics merges this study with communications, focusing on the interdependent relationships between humans, computers and the media.
At Widener, we’ll teach you a combination of communication and technology skills necessary to navigate an online media world where new apps change the game continuously. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of:
- mass media
- computer technology
- the Internet
- media production
- data mining
- systems analysis
- the competitive nature of media ownership
- ethics of information and informatics
- leadership and enterprise skills
Recent dramatic changes in the economy, combined with the rise in web technology utilization in both society and business, have increased opportunities and jobs for graduates skilled in both computer science and communication studies.
Labor statistics show strong growth projections for fields related to informatics, including graphics and web development, artificial intelligence, and information gathering and dissemination.
Widener’s media informatics program in the College of Arts and Sciences provides both broad and targeted perspectives on the field of informatics and will help you develop your unique skills that can be adapted to the rapidly changing computer and media environment. In the media informatics major you will complete a core of classes such as Media and Society, Introduction to Informatics, and Introduction to Programming.
You also will have the opportunity to choose classes from one of these four specialized concentrations:
- graphics and web development
- gaming and artificial intelligence
- information gathering and dissemination
The program brings together a variety of experienced Widener faculty members from disciplines in communication studies, computer science, and business. They include:
- Dr. Yvonne Antonucci, associate professor in the School of Business Administration;
- Dwight DeWerth-Pallmeyer, associate professor and director of communication studies;
- Adam Fischbach, assistant professor of computer science;
- Amy Franzini, associate professor of communication studies;
- Tim Scepansky, senior lecturer of communication studies; and
- Suk-Chung Yoon, professor and chair of Computer Science