With a global perspective of past, present and future, the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts forms a vanguard in the 21st century liberal arts for interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. Our endeavors bridge the traditional separation between engineering, science, and computing, and the humanities and social sciences. This distinctive interdisciplinary approach constitutes a transformative element for the Institute, linking its technological research with viewpoints and analysis that are culturally, socially, and ethically informed. From this crossroads, faculty and students consider the human implications of technologies, policies, and actions, and create sustainable solutions for a better world.
The liberal arts have been a vibrant part of Georgia Tech since its inaugural class entered in 1888, when English was among the six courses offered. We have since grown to prominence as one of the Institute’s six colleges. The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts advances the academic rigor, depth and scope of intellectual inquiry, the innovation, and entrepreneurship for which Georgia Tech is known.
Our six schools provide general education for Georgia Tech students, as well as innovative degree programs for more than 870 students studying Economics; History, Technology, and Society; Literature, Media, and Communication; International Affairs; Modern Languages; and Public Policy. We offer ten Bachelor’s of Science degrees, six master’s degrees, and six doctoral degrees taught by more than 200 full-time faculty and scholars.
Distinguished by their ability to navigate both technical and non-technical realms, graduates of the college are uniquely prepared for professional, global leadership in the age of technology. They enter careers in government, business, public policy, international affairs, law, technology, and new media.
The college’s unique position within a preeminent technological research university provides an exceptional environment for faculty to engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research addressing complex and critical local, regional, and global challenges.
Faculty-scholars and students are conducting groundbreaking research investigating the human and environmental impacts of science, medicine, technology, and engineering. By linking the humanities and social sciences with science and technology, they are advancing Georgia Tech’s knowledge creation, innovation, and problem solving to improve the human condition.
First formed as a college in 1948, the Ivan Allen College was re-founded in 1990 in honor of former Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor Allen was a prominent Georgia Tech alumnus (Commerce, 1933), a transformational urban leader, and a pivotal advocate for the advancement of civil rights in America. The college is entrusted to sustain the Allen legacy of humanitarian vision, social courage, social justice, and civic leadership. Our commitment to this legacy guides our research and teaching and our engagement with the world around us. Through it, we provide our students with experiences that prepare them to become tomorrow’s transformative leaders.