Lewis College of Science and Letters

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Illinois Tech’s Lewis College of Science and Letters, newly launched in June 2020, is uniquely positioned to define and shape the underlying education of all undergraduate students. We are home to all academic units that form the core educational experience—meaning all students, regardless of their major, engage with Lewis College. Beyond providing the backbone of the undergraduate experience at Illinois Tech, we offer challenging and rigorous liberal arts and sciences programs to ambitious students with a thirst for knowledge and who want to change the world.

Social consciousness is at the heart of our programs. Our students are well-versed in the hard work required to affect change. You will be challenged to think critically and will strive to solve complex human problems with the aid of sophisticated technology. You’ll also gain practical experience alongside faculty who are dedicated to bridging the gap between theory and application, ideas and action. We give you the tools to solve today’s problems and the knowledge to build the new tools to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

In keeping with Illinois Tech’s longstanding tradition of offering relevant academic programs, Lewis College provides multiple pathways to the academic, professional, and entrepreneurial worlds. We offer all the benefits of a small school, coupled with major research capacity and all the advantages of the global metropolis of Chicago. It feels like a small private school, but its research is major league. You’re in courses taught by outstanding full-time faculty who are the top scholars in their fields.

We have connections with world-famous labs such as Argonne National Laboratory and Chicago businesses. As a student, you’ll get access to a network of mentors, colleagues, and influential leaders in your field. When you graduate, you’ll join a network of more than 10,000 alumni who work across business, government, and academic institutions all over the world.

Our graduates are hired by recognized companies: Microsoft, Argonne, Baxter, Facebook, FedEx, Dell Corporation, United Airlines. And if you want to go on to earn a graduate degree in your field, you’ll be glad to know that our students have been accepted into prestigious programs from Stanford to MIT.

Dean Chris Himes

Letter from the Dean

A sociologist and demographer by training, Chris Himes joined Illinois Tech in 2014 as dean of Lewis College. Click the link below to read her letter on behalf of the college.

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Lewis Institute

History

The roots of Lewis College of Science and Letters date back to Lewis Institute, which formed in 1895.

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Lewis College of Science and Letters Giving

Giving

There are many ways to make a gift and help support Lewis College's programs, research, and the bright futures of our students.

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Big Picture Cover Spring 2020

Big Picture Magazine

Take a peek at the exciting work that our students, faculty, and alumni are doing—explore our biannual college magazine, Big Picture: The View from Lewis College.

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Lewis College of Science and Letters

10 West 35th Street | Chicago, IL | 60616
312.567.3956