Media as a foundation
Media are the means through which society is reflected, tested, challenged, and changed. Media names the diverse modes of communication from the hieroglyph to the algorithm, encompassing the myriad technologies, forms, and practices by which information circulates amongst a global population. Media names the transformation of every discipline by new arrangements of texts and information, new requirements for interpretation, evaluation, and formal media production for every college graduate.
It is an ancient concept that remains cutting edge in its applications. Ezra Cornell made his fortune by investing in the media infrastructure of the nineteenth century; we renew his belief by affirming the centrality of media to our times.
Cornell Media Studies is unique for its broad historical reach, and for the collaborative interaction among the disciplines from Classics to Information Science.
Media Studies Graduate Working Groups
The Media Studies Initiative invites applications for Media Studies Graduate Working Groups, generously funded by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. These competitive grants will encourage supportive and critical discussion of materials related to the A-exam, dissertation prospective, and drafts of dissertation chapters in any graduate field.
Make use of the extensive resources available to students and faculty across the university.
Cornell’s unique world class collections of old and new media are open for use by students and faculty.
The Media Studies minor presents undergraduates with the opportunity for interdisciplinary engagement with diverse modes of communication, from the hieroglyph to the algorithm, encompassing the myriad technologies, forms, and practices by which information circulates amongst a now digitally-networked global population.