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.

Global Studies and Languages

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:

•  Social Justice and Social Action
•  Digital Humanities and Creative Pedagogies
•  Migration and Diaspora
•  Critical Studies of Globalization


The Global Studies and Languages Section is a part of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA.

For more information about studies in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, see the Student's Guide to the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.