Our Mission

Vision Statement

The School of Literature, Media, and Communication defines new models of intellectual inquiry and practice that bring diverse humanistic perspectives to bear on technological invention and innovation.

Mission Statement

The School’s mission is to lead the region, the nation, and the world in researching and teaching the ways the humanities shape and are shaped by science and technology. Understanding technologies in their cultural contexts is fundamental to invention and innovation. The School’s diverse faculty and students assess and inform technological and scientific change by creating, analyzing, and critiquing a broad range of media forms and cultural practices.

Educational Mission

In the School of LMC, we cultivate multidisciplinary thinkers and makers to lead our globally connected world.  Undergraduate and graduate courses challenge and inspire students to ask consequential questions about what moves society forward in creative, collaborative, and inclusive ways. In LMC, students tackle complex issues that shape our lives by looking through the lenses of historical and contemporary literary studies, cultural, scientific, and social justice studies, creative arts, film and media, design, drama, communication, writing, and computational media (AI, games, mixed/augmented reality, interactive educational media). LMC students achieve breadth and depth of knowledge through intensive cross-disciplinary engagement to understand contemporary complexities in the context of deeper histories and cultural patterns. They learn to interpret, produce, invent, and compose across media forms with an understanding of the social context and rhetorical strategies of their creative and critical work. However students map their path through our school – from majors and minors to humanities seekers; from multimodal English courses to graduate degrees – an LMC education promotes their intellectual rigor and equips them with tools to be collaborative innovators, transformative thinkers, and exceptional leaders of the world they will help to shepherd into the future.   


Humanistic Perspectives in a Technological World

Core Principles

We provide humanistic perspectives in a technological world. We value and champion the ideal of inclusive excellence. We strive to be one of the leading academic units working at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, and science/technology.

Core Practices

We practice collaborative and interdisciplinary research, learning, and teaching to address complex social and cultural issues. We critically assess and contextualize technological and scientific change. We create, analyze, and critique a broad range of media forms and cultural practices.