MIT Global Studies and Languages (GSL) offers a rich collection of courses, seminar series, and research projects to give students the training they need to be thoughtful and active global citizens. Global engagement requires sensitivity to enduring local differences—language, culture, history, politics and more. Subject offerings allow students to attain both linguistic and intercultural competence.

Formerly named Foreign Languages and Literatures, MIT Global Studies and Languages is committed to promoting research agendas that will transform international cultural studies for the 21st century while also training students to be the next generation of engaged global citizens. To accomplish these goals, we offer a rich collection of courses, seminar series, and research projects that explore global connection and local differences. Contrary to some early predictions, globalization has not eliminated cultural diversity. Rather, global engagement requires sensitivity to enduring national distinctiveness in terms of language, culture, history, politics, and more.

We aim to be a hub for research and teaching on subjects that investigate international diversity. Subject offerings allow students to attain both linguistic competence and a solid understanding of cultural and historical contexts. GSL faculty encompass a number of disciplines, including anthropology, history, linguistics, cultural studies, and political sociology.

Recent Submissions

  • 21G.502 / 21G.552 Japanese II, Spring 2013 

    Ikeda-Lamm, Masami; Rafique, Emiko (2013-06)
    This course is based around the enhancement of the four basic skills, extension of basic grammar, vocabulary and kanji building, building off what was learned in 21G.501. This course consists of a lecture on grammar, and ...
  • 21G.501 / 21G.551 Japanese I, Fall 2012 

    Ikeda-Lamm, Masami; Nagaya, Yoshimi (2012-12)
    This course is an introduction to modern standard Japanese with an emphasis on developing proficiency in speaking and listening, using basic grammar and vocabulary. Basic skills in reading and writing are also taught.
  • 21G.503 Japanese III, Fall 2016 

    Aikawa, Takako; Rafique, Emiko (2016-12)
    Students further develop their skills in Japanese speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This course involves continued vocabulary and kanji building. The enrollment is limited to 16 students per class.

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