ALIS as a Double Major

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Our school is committed to Georgia Tech’s mission to developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. We believe these future leaders should be globally conscious, and we encourage all students from all disciplines to expand their capacity with the B.S. in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS) as a double major.  With an ALIS skillset, you can: 

  • Operate in a second or third language and navigate cultural nuances
  • Effectively communicate your scientific and technical knowledge to a broader audience
  • Analyze the historical and current social, political and economic context and adapt accordingly
  • Apply your STEM expertise in a meaningful and ethical way, emphasizing not only the how but the why behind a new experiment or technology
  • Use your cross-cultural competence skills to effectively engage with cultures whose values and customs differ from your own
  • Develop sustainable solutions that address the needs of the target culture and population
  • Challenge stereotypes and cultural assumptions in daily life
  • Contribute to a more diverse, multilingual and inclusive workforce

Already have a language minor? To learn how to turn a language minor into an ALIS double major click here

The B.S. in ALIS is intentionally flexible to allow students to combine it with another major. Popular pairings in the past have included Aerospace Engineering and ALIS-Russian, Biomedical Engineering and ALIS-Spanish, Computer Science and ALIS-Japanese, , and Mechanical Engineering and ALIS-German. 



The academic plans below, are adaptations of pathways previous graduates undertook, to complete ALIS in addition to their primary technical degree. A secondary degree, requires 36 hours beyond the primary degree. To discuss how ALIS can complement your primary degree, contact Mirla González, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies


Majoring in Biomedical Engineering?
Check out a sample double major pathway with ALIS - Spanish


Majoring in Mechanical Engineering?

Check out a sample double major pathway with ALIS - German