June 22, 2005

The Doctorate Went Down to Georgia

by Nick Montfort · , 3:19 pm

Janet Murray has a great article just out in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Humanistic Approaches for Digital-Media Studies.” It discusses the Georgia Tech masters of science in information design program and technology and the new digital studies Ph.D. program (the first class just started last Fall) and also mentions the new undergraduate computational media program. Janet gives a great view from her own perspective of how these programs have some together, and she describes the faculty’s diversity (with a nod to Michael, of course) and the strength that the programs gain from this diversity. She makes a good case for studying outside of one’s core strengths and for taking the risks necessary to found new programs like these. She writes,

The Georgia Tech degree programs differ from those of other universities in some significant ways. Most important, the master’s degree is an academic, rather than a narrowly professional, degree.

Although, as she continues, summer internships provide “real-world” experience to supplement the program’s academic offerings, so students end up well-prepared for professional work. Those who subscribe to the Chronicle of Higher Education can read the article here – it isn’t otherwise online, unfortunately.