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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
Monika Sziron

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.

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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.

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Living History

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.

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Student at laptop gaming

Game On

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.

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Featured Faculty

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.

Matt Bauer
Department Chair Associate Professor of Linguistics Director, Speech Analysis Lab
Mohamed El Marzouki
Assistant Professor of Communication
Erin Hazard
Senior Lecturer
Xiaoqian Li
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Margaret Power
Professor Director, Dual Admission Honors Law Program Pre-Law Advisor
Elisabeth Hildt
Professor of Philosophy Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions
Warren Schmaus
Professor of Philosophy Associate Chair of Humanities
Associate Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies Director of Graduate Studies
JD Trout
John and Mae Calamos Endowed Chair in Philosophy
Gregory Pulliam
Senior Lecturer in Communication, Rhetoric and Linguistics Director of Undergraduate Programs Director of Communication Across the Curriculum
Mar Hicks
Associate Professor of History
James Dabbert
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Humanities

"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."

—Lukas Proffen (Digital Humanities 3rd Year)

Lukas Proffen

“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.”

Monika Sziron (Technology and Humanities Ph.D. Student)

Monika Sziron

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Office Location

Department of Humanities
Siegel Hall
3301 South Dearborn, Suite 218
Chicago, IL 60616