Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts


Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Ivan Allen is renowned for innovative interdisciplinary studies that explore science, technology, and computing through the lens of the humanities and social sciences, and for our rigorous graduate and professional programs. 

Faculty and students engage locally, nationally, and globally to explore complex-problems, to define their impact on society, culture, and policy, and to innovate solutions to better our world. It is a challenging and exciting intellectual environment that helps students define themselves and focus their future. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, all of whom teach, and many of whom are engaged in ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research. A number of our academic programs are internationally  recognized as models for liberal arts education in a technological age.

With a global perspective of past, present and future, the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts forms a vanguard in the 21st century liberal arts for interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. Our endeavors bridge the traditional separation between engineering, science, and computing, and the humanities and social sciences. This distinctive interdisciplinary approach constitutes a transformative element for the Institute, linking its technological research with viewpoints and analysis that are culturally, socially, and ethically informed. From this crossroads, faculty and students consider the human implications of technologies, policies, and actions, and create sustainable solutions for a better world.

Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, & International Affairs is established and named in honor of Ivan Allen, Jr. in 1930, (Commerce 1933) encompassing the Schools of History, Technology, and Society; International Affairs; Literature, Communication, and Culture; Public Policy; the Department of Modern Languages; the School of Economics & Industrial Management; and the ROTC units


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Honorary - Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, & International Affairs is established and named in honor of Ivan Allen, Jr. in 1930

Ivan Allen

Initially an indifferent student, Allen, Jr. asserted himself during his last year at Boys High, earning a spot on the honor roll. In 1929, he enrolled in the School of Commerce at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his first year at Georgia Tech, he was one of only five students in the student body of about two thousand to make straight A’s. He graduated cum laude in 1933, with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce.