The program focuses on the social scientific study of human communication using quantitative research methods with a concentration in mediated communication and digital society. Students may specialize in such areas as mediated communication, information and communication technologies, and social interaction. Program coursework examines the production, distribution, processing, and impact of messages from a bottom-up and a top-down perspective in a multidisciplinary context. Topics include the convergence of traditional and new media in entertainment and political communication, online communities, the uses and effects of communication technologies in health, and the processing of messages in mediated contexts. The program prepares students for careers in research, teaching, industry and government.