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
2021 Annual Writing Contest
Full-time undergraduate students are invited to enter the 56th Annual Writing Contest for their chance to win an Amazon gift card and be published in the Department of Humanities’ annual book of writing contest winners.Learn More
Professor of History Margaret Power, an expert on Latin American and Puerto Rican history, discusses Puerto Rico’s struggle to recover from 2017's Hurricane Maria.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
Andrew Adams, a fourth-year communication major specializing in science journalism, won the Best Research Video award at the 2019 Lewis College Undergraduate Research Day for his project, "Are Batteries Equivalent to Climate Change? Testing for the Politicization of Energy Storage in the Media."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.
Professor Jovan Brankov (M.S. EE ’99, Ph.D. ’02), Assistant Professor Amandeep Sandhu, and electrical engineering doctoral student Xin Huang are just three of the winners of the universitywide...
Associate Professor of History Mar Hicks has recently been named one of “100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics” and has also just published their second book. The “brilliant women” recognition came from...
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.”