Our Mission

In 21G our core mission is 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. Course 21G provides a wealth of classes 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.”

We are known for excellence in teaching and innovative pedagogy. See a timeline of our pioneering language projects (for current projects see Projects tab):