BS ALIS: Core Requirements

The ALIS academic map provides a sample 4-year degree completion plan. Detailed degree requirements can be found in the Georgia Tech Course Catalog. See the ALIS degree checklist 2016-2019 or ALIS degree checklist 2020-2021 and a sample ALIS degree completion plan for more information.

Major Requirements

30 total credit hours of 3000/4000-level language coursework 
  • Required: Intercultural Seminar Capstone course (3 credits) in the chosen language.
  • Optional: Students may count CHIN 2002/FREN 2002/GRMN 2002/KOR 2002/JAPN 2002/RUSS 2002/SPAN 2002 (or CHIN 2501, FREN 2005, KOR 2692, RUSS 2692) for 3 of the 30 credits. 
Twelve (12) credit hours in an approved study abroad program through coursework in either the major language discipline or in the cluster discipline.

Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies Cluster

The cluster is a second area of interest for the student, made up of fifteen (18) credit hours of coursework that fulfills a certificate or minor in another academic discipline at Georgia Tech, or work towards a second degree program.

The Georgia Tech Core

45 credit hours

Free electives

Up to 29 credit hours


Completion of one course focused on international relations historically and theoretically, and one course that provides a historical and theoretical understanding of the global economy, plus extending approved study/work abroad to 26 weeks will also fulfill requirements for the International Plan degree designator.

Graduates with a B.S. in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies will be able to apply intercultural communication skills within their career path on a lifetime basis; will have a broad understanding of current affairs, political viewpoints, economics, science and technology and the cultures of the country or region; and will demonstrate global skills by

  • Exhibiting a positive attitude toward cultural identity differences, 
  • Demonstrating the ability to speak, understand and think in a foreign language, and to live abroad,
  • Clearly articulating global aspects of emerging cultural issues and international challenges, e.g., climate and environment, immigration and integration, business and intercultural communication, social impacts of technology, connections between literature and society, etc., and 
  • Understanding how media represents different perspectives within and between cultures and societies.