Our Mission

MIT Global Studies and Languages is a hub for international cultural studies within the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (SHASS). The core mission of GSL is to generate cutting-edge research on international cultures and cultural globalization and to prepare students to be engaged global citizens, ready to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural world.

Whether majoring in the sciences, engineering, management, or other fields, today’s students need to be equipped to work in the global context. MIT Global Studies and Languages provides a wealth of coursework in international languages, cultures, media, and history -- promoting the critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, and cross-cultural understanding that prepare students for this new environment. Our research and educational programs contribute to the broader Institute mission “to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.”