If you like to use both sides of your brain—integrating a creative, human-centered approach with an understanding of science and technology—our degree programs may be right for you.
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The humanities explore the nature and communication of the values that guide not only science and technology, but also all parts of the human experience. You may study art and architectural history, communication, history, linguistics, literature, and philosophy in the Department of Humanities. You will learn critical thinking and communication skills, gain ethical awareness, and understand the global and historical perspectives on culture, science, and technology.
Throughout our curricula, we offer you:
- Small class sizes, which allow for daily opportunities to learn through dialogue with your colleagues
- Quality instruction and personal attention from our faculty members
- Practical learning experiences that build upon the strengths of our faculty, the Illinois Tech community, and the rich opportunities offered in Chicago and beyond
Summer Research Writing Program
Cultivate your writing skills and achieve your research goals with the Summer Research Writing Program, which is geared toward students who are ready to start writing about their research.Learn More
Studying AI in Ag
Technology and Humanities Ph.D. Candidate Monika Sziron has combined her farming-community roots with her passion for ethics and emerging technologies to explore the use of Artificial Intelligence in agriculture today.Learn More
A Video Game That Is Also a Vision Test
Alex Damarjian (Ph.D. Technology and Humanities Candidate) used his video game design skills to develop a Nintendo 3DS game capable of testing children’s vision.Learn More
How Video Games Can Help Kids Learn
Associate Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies Carly Kocurek explains how video games, even non-educational ones, can be used to help children learn. She also offers helpful tips for parents to deal with their kids’ outbursts surrounding screen time.Learn More
The Department of Humanities integrates traditional humanistic inquiry with science and technology. Among our programs, our digital humanities major offers training in web application development, user experience research, and video game design.Learn More
Faculty in the Department of Humanities are experts in a rich assortment of fields, meaning there are lots of possibilities for how you can shape your study of the humanities.
Learning how to create places has always been central to Leila Mirghaderi (Ph.D. THUM ’23) and her academic career, having earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture. Her desire to...
Illinois Institute of Technology Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies Carly Kocurek is part of a two-year, $5 million National Science Foundation project that is being led by the...
Illinois Institute of Technology Interim Provost Kenneth T. Christensen has announced that Jennifer deWinter has been appointed as the new dean of Lewis College of Science and Letters, effective...
With a passion for design ethics, Angela Petrone is maximizing her education by taking part in diverse learning opportunities that help move her toward her dream of a career in user experience.Angela Petrone (DHUM 4th Year)
Brook Bell is utilizing his passion for communications to support of one of Canada's fastest-growing companies.Brook Bell (HUM ’16)
For alumna Amy Kamin, digital humanities was irresistible. Now she is utilizing her wealth of student experience as a product operations specialist at a CBD company focused on women’s wellness.Amy Kamin (DHUM ’18)
Now a full-time lecturer on game development, alumnus Michael DeAnda is teaching the next generation of game designers to consider inclusivity and the cultural stories their games can tell.Michael DeAnda (THUM ’19)
An outfielder on the baseball team and Dual Admission Honors Law program student, Brandon Holifield is studying humanities and history now, with the dream of practicing law later.Brandon Holifield (Humanities, Specializing in History 2nd Year)
Alex Damarjian, a Ph.D. candidate, had experience creating games for children. When he was connected with an ophthalmologist, he designed something that could have a much bigger impact.Alex Damarjian (Ph.D. Technology and Humanities Candidate)
"I wanted to pursue something that combined an interest in computer technology with the humanities (history, social sciences, philosophy) because I think there is a lot of potential in the future for research and opportunities in this direction. I especially like the range of courses I am able to take with my degree program, to build skills and gain knowledge in a variety of fields that can hopefully help me pursue graduate school after I graduate from Illinois Tech."
“My interests broadly center around technology, media, and society and I have a Master of Arts in Digital Communication and Media Arts. The Technology and Humanities Ph.D. program fit really well with my interests and allows me to continue blending theory and practice.”