Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
Type Public
Established 1948/1998[1]
Dean Jacqueline Jones Royster[2]
Academic staff
262 (218 permanent, 45 temporary)[3]
Students 791 (566 undergraduate, 225 graduate) (Spring 2014)[4]
Postgraduates 281[4]
Location Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Website iac.gatech.edu

The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology has gradually evolved to contain a wide variety of liberal arts subjects at a school known predominantly for engineering. The College is named after Ivan Allen, Jr., a Georgia Tech alumnus and former mayor of Atlanta.


When the Georgia School of Technology opened, English was among the six subjects taught at the time.[1] Modern Languages, Economics, and Geography were all taught at Tech before World War I.[1] These subjects, however, were not grouped into a formal school of liberal arts. In 1948, the General College was created; in 1981, it was renamed the College of Sciences and Liberal Studies.[1]

In 1990, the latter college was divided, creating the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, & International Affairs. In 1998, the School of Management was spun off into its own college, leaving the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. It is now considered a model example of university education that pairs technical ability with liberal arts knowledge.[1]


The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts comprises six schools, offering ten Bachelor of Science Degrees, eight Master of Science Degrees, and six Doctoral Degrees. The College also hosts Georgia Tech's Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC units.[5][6]

Degrees and Programs[edit]

All six schools in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts offer Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. With the exception of the School of Modern Languages, each school offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.[6]

Bachelor of Science Programs

Five-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Programs

Master of Science Programs

Doctor of Philosophy Programs

Research centers[edit]

The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts has several research centers.[31]

  • Allen Institute for Advanced Studies, director - Ken Knoespel
  • Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), executive director - Helena Mitchell
  • Center for Ethics and Technology at Georgia Tech, director - Robert Kirkman, Co-Director - Jason Borenstein
  • Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, director - Vicki Birchfield, Alasdair Young
  • Center for Paper, Business, and Industry Studies (CPBIS), director - Patrick McCarthy
  • Center for International Business Education Research (CIBER), executive director - John R. McIntyre; Associate Director – James Hoadley
  • Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP), co-directors - Seymour Goodman & Adam N. Stulburg
  • Center for New Media Studies, Director - Ian Bogost
  • Georgia Tech Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology (WST), co-directors- Mary Frank Fox, Carol Colatrella, Mary Lynn Realff
  • Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC), acting director - Mustaque Ahamad; Co-Director - Seymour Goodman
  • Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing (ITSC-Social), principal investigator: Carl DiSalvo
  • The James and Mary Wesley Center for New Media Education and Research, director – Jay Bolter
  • Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence - Vicki Birchfield, Alasdair Young
  • Policy@Tech, contact – Susan Cozzens
  • Technology Policy & Assessment Center (TPAC), director – Susan Cozzens; co-director – Alan Porter
  • Writing & Communication Program Communications Center (CommLab), director - Karen Head


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