Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Culture

Georgia Tech's Science, Technology and Culture (STAC) Program is unique in its emphasis on communication skills, cultural interpretation, and textual analysis. While other programs look at science, technology, and the humanities as separate entities, STAC examines the modes of communication and understanding common to them all. As a result, students master the kinds of analysis needed to understand and interpret all the texts--ranging from novels and films to scientific journals and web pages--that our society uses to communicate and to understand itself. STAC students pursue a course of study that is genuinely multidisciplinary and international, preparing them to be global citizens of a high-tech world.



International Plan

The STAC International Plan follows the Institute model to develop a global competence connected to the student's major program of study. It thus integrates international studies and experiences with work in a broad range of cultural and media studies, preparing graduates to critique and create cultural texts within an international professional environment. All students who successfully complete this option will receive the "International Plan" designation on their transcripts.

While following the basic STAC program of instruction, requiring a total of 122 hours of coursework, students following the International Plan will modify their program as follows. They will:

  1. take three Social Science courses, one each from the following categories: international relations, global economics, and a course on a specific country or region;
  2. spend two terms abroad engaged in any combination of study abroad, research, or internship;
  3. complete twelve hours of language instruction (by dedicating six hours of humanities electives, 3 hours of free electives, and 3 hours of the STAC language requirement to language study); and
  4. complete a STAC capstone course that links international studies with the major.

While all of the STAC degree options provide students with 9 credit hours of free electives, different options provide students with different numbers of free LCC elective hours. Students should contact the STAC advisor to learn about options for particular degree tracks.

Research Option (all tracks)

This degree option offers STAC students on all degree tracks the opportunity for a substantial, in-depth research experience. Students who pursue this degree option will learn how to design and complete advanced, multi-semester research projects through a combination of independent research, group writing instruction, and one-to-one work with a faculty mentor. Students are strongly encouraged at the end of their experience to work with their faculty mentor to develop a journal publication or conference presentation on the research in addition to the actual thesis. All students who successfully complete the research thesis option will receive the "research option" designation on their transcripts.

To fulfill the requirements of the STAC Research Option, students must:

  1. Complete six hours of LCC 2699/4699: Undergraduate Research*
  2. Complete 1 hour of LCC 4701: Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing
  3. Complete 1 hour of LCC 4702: Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing; and
  4. Complete 3 hours of LCC 4102: Senior Thesis.

Students will meet these requirements without adding additional hours to their schedules by

  1. Dedicating six hours of undefined LCC elective and/or free elective hours to undergraduate research
  2. Dedicating two more hours of free elective credit to LCC 4701 and 4702
  3. Dedicating 3 hours of capstone coursework in the STAC major to LCC 4102: Senior Thesis.

* Students may substitute audit hours of 2698/4698 for equivalent hours of 2699/4699. If they elect this option, they must add corresponding hours of an elective, for-credit class.

While all four of the STAC degree options provide students with 9 credit hours of free electives, different options provide students with different numbers of free LCC elective hours. Students should contact the STAC advisor to learn about options for particular degree tracks.

BS/MS Degree Program

Students who wish to pursue the BS/MS combination in STAC and DM must apply to the School after completing at least seventy-five hours of work toward the STAC Media Studies degree. Applicants should have a 3.5 GPA.

Students admitted to the program will select the 4400 seminar option and also take a total of twelve hours of graduate coursework during their final undergraduate year. six hours of that work, in DM media courses, will replace the STAC free electives and will count for both undergraduate and graduate credit. During the summer term after their fourth year, students will participate in an approved internship program. During the fifth year, students will take a total of twenty-four hours, including either LCC 6800 (Project) or LCC 7000 (Thesis), and with no more than three courses taken outside the DM program.