Digital Humanities (B.S.)

The digital humanities program—one of a few such undergraduate programs in the country—explores what it means to be human when digital technology mediates so much of our lives.

As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Digital Humanities program you will examine a blend of traditional humanities disciplines—history, philosophy, linguistics, rhetoric, literature, and art history—in the context of practical, hands-on work in the digital world.

You’ll learn about communications in the context of visual design and web development, and learn how to communicate complex ideas in new ways. You will examine the evolution of technology from a historical perspective. You might study ethics in the framework of the professional and digital worlds, or explore how people use technology and how it affects their lives.

Your coursework will stretch beyond writing traditional papers to include the creation of interactive audio-visual projects demonstrating your mastery of the material. In your final year, you will complete a capstone project on a topic of your choosing. Your hard work will result in a portfolio that can be used in job interviews or graduate school applications.

Program Overview

Students examine the impact of technology on human life, studying traditional humanities disciplines—history, philosophy, linguistics, rhetoric, literature, and art history—in the context of practical, hands-on work in the digital world. Graduates go on to diverse careers requiring digital skills.

Career Opportunities

As a digital humanities graduate, you will be prepared for careers in business, consulting, government, media, and many other fields that require digital skills, knowledge of the human experience, and ability to communicate with a variety of audiences, including:

  • Web design and game design
  • Technical communication
  • Digital communications, including social media
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Law
  • User experience and interface design
  • Public policy
  • Academic or health administration

You will also be prepared to continue on to graduate school in a number of fields. 

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In the digital humanities program, you may pursue a traditional humanities specialization in history, philosophy, linguistics, or literature, choose to pursue one of our many interdisciplinary specializations, including game studies and design, information architecture, policy and ethics, or science and technology studies. You are also required to earn a minor in an area of your choosing outside of digital humanities.

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Students in this program must be admitted to Illinois Tech. Students who are interested in transferring to this program should consult their academic adviser.

Featured Faculty

Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies Associate Dean, Humanities
Mohamed El Marzouki
Assistant Professor of Communication

"The Digital Humanities courses and curriculum are both challenging and fun, and I learned a lot about the dynamic relationship between modern technology and human culture. I feel like I had a ton of unique opportunities, and I’m thankful for my wonderful advisor, Dr. Carly Kocurek, and others for helping me along the way. The faculty at Illinois Tech might be the most unique aspect of the institution—the impact of these wonderful people on my life is immeasurable."

Amy Kamin (DHUM '18)

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