Welcome From the Chair

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Hello and welcome to the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech. Our School has a long history dating back to 1905, when it was the fourth department outside of the engineering schools established at Georgia Tech. In its early days, French and German were the only two languages offered, but as Georgia Tech has grown into a nationally and internationally-recognized institution, the School has grown along with it and currently offers nine languages plus linguistics; both a graduate program and five-year BS/MS in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies; three undergraduate degree programs; and a number of minors, certificates, and study abroad programs.

The School plays a central role in furthering Georgia Tech’s strategic objective of preparing students for global leadership. Our academic programs are comprised of students from across the Institute, reflecting the School’s position as a hub of global education for the Georgia Tech community. 50% of Georgia Tech undergraduates choose to study a foreign language during their time on-campus, and 54% have an international experience before they graduate – many on our faculty-led study abroad programs.

Throughout our programs, you can see connections between the languages we teach and the engineering and technology focus at Georgia Tech. We integrate into our courses and programs the kind of professional and social language skills you would expect to use after entering the international workforce, and our master’s programs provide training in the real-world professional applications of language for a wide range of career paths, from communications and non-profit to business, engineering, and medicine.

At the same time we offer opportunities to develop a broader understanding of culture, literature, the arts, and the daily life in the countries whose languages we teach. Our faculty’s research expertise and scholarship in these areas inform all aspects of the curriculum.

We work as an interdisciplinary partner with other units on campus to prepare Georgia Tech students to become participants in the global workforce via studies in foreign languages and intercultural comparisons that are designed to develop advanced communication skills, promote creative thinking, open access to intercultural understanding, and develop a professional competency pertinent to today's world. By addressing not only culture, but also scientific, technical, and societal issues and practices in cultures outside of the U.S., our curriculum complements the major foci of study at the Institute, setting our students up for success in careers that integrate the demands and possibilities of an interconnected world.

Anna Westerstahl Stenport
Chair and Professor, School of Modern Languages