Bachelor of Science in Literature, Media, and Communication - Thread: Media & 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, professions such as medicine and law, 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; Design; and Science, Technology, and Culture. This prepares them for fields including 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 arts administration.

Wellness
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
or APPH 1060 Flourishing: Strategies for Well-being and Resilience
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1712Survey of Calculus4
or MATH 1552 Integral Calculus
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Introduction to Computing3
or CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM 6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
Lab Science4
Lab Science4
MATH 1711Finite Mathematics 64
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 13
Any SS 6
Core F - Courses Related to Major
Science or Computing Electives 26
Modern Language Elective 43
Ethics Requirement 53
Select one of the following: 33
LMC 2050Seminar in Literature, Media, and Communication3
or LMC 2060 Introduction to Literary Studies
or LMC 2400 Introduction to Media Studies
Major Requirements
Select one of the following: 33
Senior Seminar in Literature, Media, and Communication
Seminar in Film Studies
Senior Thesis
Concentration
Science, Technology, and Culture
LMC 2100Introduction to Science, Technology and Culture 33
Select two Foundations courses: 36
The Age of Scientific Discovery
The Age of Scientific Revolution
Evolution and the Industrial Age
Science Fiction
Science Fiction Film and Television
The Rhetoric of Scientific Inquiry
Biomedicine and Culture
Science, Technology, and Ideology
Science, Technology, and Gender
Science, Technology, and Race
Select three Specialty courses: 39
Communication and Culture
Literature and Medicine
Gender Studies in the Disciplines
Global Cinema
Environmentalism and Ecocriticism
Technologies of Representation
Film and/as Technology
Technical Communication, Theory and Practice
Social Media
Media, Culture, and Society
The Rhetoric of Nonlinear Documents
Special Topics
Games Design as a Cultural Practice
Experimental Digital Art
Mixed Reality Experience Design
Media
LMC 2400Introduction to Media Studies 33
Select two Foundations courses: 36
Introduction to Game Studies
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Performance Studies
Introduction to Computational Media
Principles of Visual Design
Constructing the Moving Image
Communication and Culture
Technologies of Representation
Social Media
Media, Culture, and Society
Select three Specialty courses: 39
Studies in Film and Television
Animation
Film History
Cinema and Digital Culture
Major Filmmakers
Global Cinema
Documentary Film
Experimental Film
Music, Culture, and Society
Film and/as Technology
Graphic and Visual Design
Video Production
Advanced Video Production
Experimental Digital Art
Special Topics
Mixed Reality Experience Design
LMC Electives 36
Free Electives
Free Electives14
Total Credit Hours122

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.
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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 2699/4699Undergraduate Research 16
LMC 4701Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing1
LMC 4702Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing1
LMC 4102Senior Thesis3

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.

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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 4000 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 LMC 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.