Welcome From the Chair

 

Anna StenportHello and welcome to the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech! Our rich legacy includes more than a century of innovative, adaptive, and integrated language and culture studies. This considerable experience is reflected in our motto “Change the Conversation: Cross-Cultural Expertise for Global Leadership.”

Our Programs
Founded in 1905 as the fourth non-engineering department at Georgia Tech, we now offer a dozen languages – many less-commonly taught – and unique interdisciplinary degrees in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (B.S. and M.S), Global Media and Cultures (M.S.), Global Economics and Modern Languages (B.S.), and International Affairs and Modern Languages (B.S.), as well as a number of minors and certificates. These degrees are emblematic of our School’s mission to engage global issues at the intersection of Humanities and Technology.


Cross-Cultural Expertise for Global Leadership
Our programs and our faculty’s expertise demonstrate profound connections between the languages we teach and the engineering, computing, sustainability, and technology focus of Georgia Tech. We foster advanced communication skills, promote intellectual flexibility and creative thinking, champion access to intercultural understanding, and support professional training to succeed in a global workforce. Our master’s programs develop global competencies and advanced language expertise critical to a wide range of careers, from communications and the non-profit sector to business, technology, management, media, entertainment, and health fields. We prioritize experiential and applied learning as well as opportunities for community engagement, service-learning, internships, study abroad, and participation in Tech’s Create-X entrepreneurship program. We promote extensive industry partnerships with the private sector in Atlanta and around the globe.

Scholarly Expertise and Research Areas
We extend opportunities to develop a broader understanding of culture and the arts, environmental and social sustainability, and the daily life in the countries whose languages we teach. Our faculty’s internationally recognized research expertise and scholarship in these areas include media, cinema, and literary studies; linguistics and computing and language learning; inter- and cross-cultural studies; sustainability and environmental humanities; memory, migration, and gender studies; new media and digital humanities; and second language acquisition studies and foreign language pedagogy. Our trail-blazing post-doctoral teaching fellowship program, Global Languages, Cultures, and Technologies (GLACT), integrates a number of these priorities and has attracted a highly qualified group of recent PhD-graduates invested in charting new paths for research in and teaching about language learning, technology, and global and cross-cultural competency in the twenty-first century.

Educating Good Global Citizens
The School plays a central role in furthering Georgia Tech’s strategic objective of preparing graduates for global leadership. About 50% of Georgia Tech undergraduates choose to study a foreign language during their time on-campus, and more than 50% have an international experience before they graduate – many on our faculty-led study abroad programs on five continents in twenty-five locations. Our alums go on to pursue meaningful and rewarding careers in a range of fields, in the private as well as public sectors. We are proud of our students and alums and welcome them into the ModLangs family.

After more than a century, we remain a hub of global engagement and visionary expertise at the Institute. Come join us, partner with us, and study with us!
 

Anna Westerstahl Stenport
Chair and Professor, School of Modern Languages