B.S. in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies

The School of Modern Languages

The path-breaking Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS) program offers foreign language study within contexts such as social and technical communication, cultural perspectives, industry, technology, arts and literature, as well as media and science. This content-based approach with a cluster/interdisciplinary minor and study abroad distinguishes the program from traditional U.S. foreign language programs which emphasize literature and language study as ends in themselves.

Our graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies have a significant competitive edge in the language requirements of government agencies, multi-national industries, and social organizations. Moreover, the core curriculum at Georgia Tech plus an additional technology requirement ensures that students will have a stronger grounding in science and technology than at other schools.


Graduates with a B.S. degree 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 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.
  • understanding how media represents different perspectives within and between cultures and societies

Sample Courses

  • Chinese for Music and Culture
  • Medical Spanish
  • Social Identities in French Culture
  • Spanish Service Learning

Focus Areas

  • Chinese 
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Career Paths

  • Government Organizations
  • Humanitarian Service
  • Multilingual Industries
  • Social Organizations