The School of Literature, Media and Communication`s (LMC) began as the English Department, when Georgia Tech opened first its doors in 1888. Reverend Charles Lane was the first head of the department. English was required by all the students, from Apprentices through Seniors. Throughout the years, the English Department moved to different colleges. By the 1950s, the department was part of the General College. In the 1980s, it was part of the College of Science and Liberal Studies.
In 1990, the English Department at Georgia Tech matured into the School of Literature, Communication and Culture. Later, the school has expanded its scope by offering Bachelor of Science degrees in Computational Media and Science, Technology, and Culture. With these programs has come the development of upper-division LMC courses.
Today, School of Literature, Media, and Communication is a unit of the Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech's liberal arts college. The department offers two undergraduate degrees, a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture that emphasizes the intersection of science, technology, and the humanities, and a B.S. in Computational Media that explores the use of the computer as a medium for communication and expression. At the graduate level, LMC offers both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Digital Media and M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction.
LMC works at the intersection of literary, communications, and media studies. The school`s 41 full-time faculty members provide Georgia Tech students with a broad array of communication courses, including first-year communication, technical communication, and digital communication. LMC provides a wide range of humanities offerings including courses in British and American literature, film, theater, performance studies, digital arts, and creative writing. LMC graduate programs also provide an excellent curriculum for the theorists and practitioners who approach the design of digital artifacts as a defining creative and intellectual challenge of the 21st century.
LMC faculty are active researchers and bring to both graduate and undergraduate classes nationally recognized expertise in literary, cultural, and digital media studies. Graduates of the School of Literature, Media, and Communication programs are positioned to assume important roles as leaders in the exciting new fields developing in the interface between technology and culture.