Research and education in the College bridge the traditional separation between the technological disciplines and the liberal arts. Our interdisciplinary approach links computing, engineering, and science with culturally informed viewpoints and ethically grounded inquiries. From this crossroads, our faculty and students consider the implications of policies and actions in the lives of human beings and create sustainable solutions for a better world.
Liberal arts have been a part of Georgia Tech since the university first opened its doors in Atlanta in 1888, with English being one of six subjects offered. It has since evolved into the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, housing the School of Economics; the School of History and Sociology; the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs; the School of Literature, Media, and Communication; the School of Modern Languages; and the School of Public Policy.
With fourteen research centers and six schools offering ten bachelors of science, nine master’s, and six doctoral degrees, the College proudly carries forward the legacy of visionary Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. (1911 - 2003).
The College is home to one of the nation's largest concentrations of researchers of science, medicine, technology, and engineering. Our researchers explore issues like the political and cultural influences on the development of indigenous drugs and the role of scientific creativity in international economic development.
As a center for new discoveries in the liberal arts, Ivan Allen College offers a wealth of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student research. Faculty and program leadership span an extraordinary range of fields and many are internationally renowned as models for liberal arts education.
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts graduates excel in critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis, and are particularly distinctive in their abilities to solve complex problems by bridging technological and non-technological realms. Through distinguished careers in academia, business, community, government, international affairs, law, new media, public policy, and technology they are forging new pathways and redefining our future.