While globalization has meant the increasing integration and interdependence of economies and societies around the world, global inequalities and imbalances of cross-cultural understanding continue to fuel profound problems around the world. In this new environment, the study of international languages, cultures, and histories is more important than ever before.
At the forefront of the new field of Global Studies, MIT Global Studies and Languages is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to producing cutting-edge research and innovative classes that provide MIT students with the knowledge, skills, and outlooks necessary to become engaged global citizens and leaders. Working in tandem with faculty across the Institute who study the economic, political, and environmental dimensions of globalization, Global Studies at MIT focuses on the cultural and human dimensions of this phenomenon. Our interdisciplinary research, teaching and educational activities address four key areas of cultural globalization:
• the flow of people (migration, travel and diaspora);
• the flow of ideas and knowledge (transnational cultural streams, creative industries and media, world religions);
• interconnected action (social, political and artistic movements, global social and environmental justice);
• multilingualism and cross-cultural communication.
For more information about studies in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, see the Student's Guide to the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.