Bachelor of Science in Literature, Media, and Communication - Thread: Communication & Science, Technology, and Culture
The BS in Literature, Media, and Communication (formerly named Science, Technology, and Culture) is the oldest undergraduate degree program in the Ivan Allen College for the Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. This program offers a thorough education in the different modes of representation that structure our increasingly technological and global world. Program graduates will have both significant theoretical and hands-on experience with novels, films, games, comic books, web pages, and scientific documents. By learning the modes of communication common to science, technology, and the humanities, LMC graduates are prepared to become leaders in education, business, and the arts.
LMC students take classes across six paths or “threads” of study, eventually choosing two threads as their major fields of study. These threads include Literature; Media; Communication; Social Justice Studies; Interaction Design; and Science, Technology, and Culture. This prepares them to intern in fields including journalism, marketing, graphic design, videography, and educational policy. Many LMC alumni go on to graduate school in literature, communication sciences, and interactive entertainment studies or professional school in law, health, and social work. Other graduates pursue careers in fields ranging from graphic art and photography to client advocacy and medical administration to library services and arts administration.
|APPH 1040||Scientific Foundations of Health||2|
|or APPH 1050||The Science of Physical Activity and Health|
|Core A - Essential Skills|
|ENGL 1101||English Composition I||3|
|ENGL 1102||English Composition II||3|
|MATH 1712||Mathematics for Management II||4|
|or MATH 1552||Integral Calculus|
|Core B - Institutional Options|
|CS 1301||Introduction to Computing||3|
|or CS 1315||Introduction to Media Computation|
|Core C - Humanities|
|Core D - Science, Math, & Technology|
|MATH 1711||Finite Mathematics||4|
|or MATH 1551|
& MATH 1553
| Differential Calculus|
and Introduction to Linear Algebra
|Core E - Social Sciences|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|The United States to 1877|
|The United States since 1877|
|American Government in Comparative Perspective|
|Government of the United States|
|American Constitutional Issues|
|International Requirement 1||3|
|Core F - Courses Related to Major|
|Science or Computing Electives 2||6|
|Modern Language Elective 4||3|
|Ethics Requirement 5||3|
|LMC 2000||Introduction to Literature, Media, and Communication 3||3|
|LMC 2050||Seminar in Literature, Media, and Communication 3||3|
|Select one of the following: 3||3|
|Seminar in Science, Technology, and Culture|
|Seminar in Literary and Cultural Theory|
|Seminar in Biomedicine and Culture|
|Seminar in Media Studies|
|Seminar in Film Studies|
|Seminar in Performance Studies|
|LMC 2100||Introduction to Science, Technology and Culture 3||3|
|Historical courses 3,6||6|
|Literary/Film/Cultural courses 3,7||3|
|Issues course 3,8||6|
|Media course 3,9||3|
|LMC 3403||Technical Communication, Theory and Practice 3||3|
|Select three of the following: 3||9|
|The Rhetoric of Technical Narratives|
|The Rhetoric of Nonlinear Documents|
|Communicating Science and Technology to the Public|
|Select two of the following: 3||6|
|Principles of Visual Design|
|Communication and Culture|
|Technologies of Representation|
|Intellectual Property: Policy and Law|
|Principles of Information Design|
|Principles of Interaction Design|
|Special Topics in Communication|
|Edu Applications New|
|Globalization and New Media|
|LMC Electives 3||3|
|Total Credit Hours||122|
International Plan (All Thread Combinations)
The LMC International Plan follows the Institute model to develop a global competence connected to the student's major program of study. It thus integrates international studies and experiences with work in a broad range of cultural and media studies, preparing graduates to critique and create cultural texts within an international professional environment. All students who successfully complete this option will receive the "International Plan" designation on their transcripts.
While following the basic LMC program of instruction, requiring a total of 122 credit hours of coursework, students following the International Plan will modify their program as follows. They will:
- take three Social Science courses, one each from the following categories: international relations, global economics, and a course on a specific country or region;
- spend two terms abroad engaged in any combination of study abroad, research, or internship;
- complete twelve credit hours of language instruction (by dedicating six credit hours of humanities electives, 3 credit hours of free electives, and 3 credit hours of the LMC language requirement to language study); and
- complete a LMC capstone course that links international studies with the major.
While all of the LMC degree combinations provide students with 14 credit hours of free electives, different options provide students with different numbers of free LMC elective hours. Students should contact the LMC advisor to learn about options for particular thread combinations.
Research Option (All Thread Combinations)
This degree option offers LMC students on all degree tracks the opportunity for a substantial, in-depth research experience. Students who pursue this degree option will learn how to design and complete advanced, multi-semester research projects through a combination of independent research, group writing instruction, and one-to-one work with a faculty mentor. Students are strongly encouraged at the end of their experience to work with their faculty mentor to develop a journal publication or conference presentation on the research in addition to the actual thesis. All students who successfully complete the research thesis option will receive the "research option" designation on their transcripts.
To fulfill the requirements of the LMC Research Option, students must:
|LMC 2699/4699||Undergraduate Research 1||6|
|LMC 4701||Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing||1|
|LMC 4702||Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing||1|
|LMC 4102||Senior Thesis||3|
Students will meet these requirements without adding additional hours to their schedules by
- Dedicating six credit hours of undefined LMC elective and/or free elective credit hours to undergraduate research
- Dedicating two more credit hours of free elective credit to LMC 4701 and LMC 4702
- Dedicating 3 hours of capstone coursework in the LMC major to LMC 4102: Senior Thesis.
Students may substitute audit hours of LMC 2698/LMC 4698 for equivalent hours of LMC 2699/LMC 4699. If they elect this option, they must add corresponding credit hours of an elective, for-credit class.
While all of the LMC degree thread combinations provide students with 14 credit hours of free electives, different options provide students with different numbers of free LMC elective hours. Students should contact the LMC advisor to learn about options for particular thread combinations.
BS/MS Degree Program
Students who wish to pursue the BS/MS combination in LMC and DM must apply to the School after completing at least seventy-five credit hours of work toward an LMC degree that includes the Interaction Design thread. Applicants should have a 3.5 GPA.
Students admitted to the program will select the LMC 4400 seminar option and take a total of twelve credit hours of graduate coursework during their final undergraduate year. Six credit hours of that work, in DM media courses, will replace the STAC free electives and will count for both undergraduate and graduate credit. During the summer term after their fourth year, students will participate in an approved internship program. During the fifth year, students will take a total of twenty-four credit hours, including either LMC 6800 (Project) or LMC 7000 (Thesis), and with no more than three courses taken outside the DM program.