Every five years, the University System of Georgia mandates that our School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) be evaluated by a group of external academic and industry leaders. Our most recent external review called us “a strong, vibrant school with a distinctive role on the national educational scene. It is nationally prominent as an innovator in humanities approaches to media and technology—arguably the best place in the nation with this focus.” The reviewers also stated that LMC was “at the forefront of the Public Humanities movement, an important new direction in humanities departments nationwide.”
The external reviewers, all national thought leaders, based their views on data sets about faculty productivity, student-teacher ratio, and return on investment.
A highly productive faculty
In addition to hundreds of traditional publications, LMC faculty increasingly disseminate their work in high-impact public venues, including Academe, ACM Interactions, The Atlantic, Chronicle of Higher Education, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Inside Higher Ed, and slate.com. Over the last five years, faculty garnered c. 4.8 million in grants and donations from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, NASA, Knight Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Intel, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Georgia Council for the Arts. Our students work with faculty on these projects and profit from their national and international thought leadership.
With between 12 to 25 students in our classrooms and numerous independent studies for special projects, the learner experience in most our classes resembles that at a small liberal arts college. You can enjoy this individualized atmosphere while profiting from the many cultural and intellectual advantages of a top national research university.
Return on investment
When SmartMoney published their list of institutions offering the best return on investment, they ranked Georgia Tech #1. Our LMC undergraduate majors recently landed internships and/or found positions at IBM, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, MailChimp, Stanford University, and Adult Swim. Graduate students have recently interned at Deeplocal, Esri, Goat Farm, Adobe, Porsche, Coca-Cola, and found positions or were accepted for advanced degrees at Florida International University, Carnegie Mellon University, Isobar, Google, eBay, IBM, Apple, Electronic Arts, Turner Broadcasting, Maxis, 22Squared, Moxie, Razorfish, and IDEO.