Welcome from the Chair

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Kelly Ritter
Professor and Chair
School of Literature, Media, and Communication

Welcome to the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) at Georgia Tech! We are glad you stopped by to learn more about our School and its interdisciplinary mission, which is focused on the intersections of humanistic study and technology as informed by principles of social justice.

In LMC, we teach, research, and produce creative and scholarly work in many familiar fields that are part of the humanities—including literary studies, creative writing, writing and communication, filmmedia artsdramascience fiction studies, and Black media studies—as well as computational media and digital media. What sets our school apart is how we bring these fields together in order to understand the humanities as a primary lens through which we design, improve, and critique technology in our everyday lives. In LMC, we engage in creative thinking, critical inquiry, and collaboration as we ask questions about how humans’ evolving identities and needs are central to our increasingly technological world.

LMC is a large school that still feels small due to its connected and engaged community. We are home to 46 faculty and 38 postdoctoral teaching fellows who teach and mentor nearly 500 undergraduate majors enrolled across our two programs: B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication and B.S. in Computational Media. These faculty also work with our nearly 100 students enrolled across our 10 minor programs, and the nearly 60 graduate students enrolled in our M.S. program in HCI and our M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Digital Media. LMC is also the home of the Writing and Communication Program, which offers courses in first-year writing and technical writing to Georgia Tech students all across campus.

While Georgia Tech is a diverse environment, LMC is even more so. We have more women students and students of color than any other school on campus, which provides many opportunities for dynamic perspectives, conversations, and collaborations. If you are thinking of transferring to Georgia Tech from elsewhere, you will also find that many of our LMC students come from other colleges and universities both within and outside of Georgia. You can read more about transfer pathways into LMC.

Our students use what they learn in LMC after graduation to enter a variety of fields of work and graduate study. Students are aided in this process by our school advising and our creative/career origination lab (CoLab). Some of our alumni employers are AT&T, Google, CNN, Home Depot, Nickelodeon, Microsoft, Bank of America, and Coca-Cola, as well as organizations such as the Atlanta Museum of Design, the Woodruff Arts Center, and the Junior League of Atlanta. Our LMC graduates have also gone on for advanced degrees at institutions such as Carnegie Mellon, Tufts University, the University of Georgia, the University of Liverpool, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgia Tech.

There’s much more to see; these are just some highlights to get you started. If you have any questions after looking through our site, or would just like to talk more about how your interests might line up with what we do in LMC, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Also, please visit our Instagram to see what we’ve been up to lately.

Thanks for visiting, and Go Jackets!!

Kelly Ritter
Professor and Chair, School of Literature, Media, and Communication