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Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities

Technology and Humanities

The Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities at Illinois Tech aims to educate a new type of humanities Ph.D., who will bring original contributions to scholarship, thinking, and learning to better understand the complex relationships between humans and technology. The program prepares students for faculty-line and alternative academic careers in university research and teaching, as well as for advanced research and development positions in the private and government sectors.

You will establish a strong foundation in the digital research methods necessary to deeply investigate the unique problems surrounding humans and their relationships to technology. Additionally, you'll learn to consider technology through the theoretical lenses of a number of core humanities disciplines, such as history, language, media studies, communication, and philosophy.

As a unique complement to the program’s research methods and subject breadth, you'll be given instruction and ample opportunities to explore applied knowledge via research-intensive approaches to digital design and production, such as web design/development and game design.

Program at a Glance

The Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities requires 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students who have earned a master’s degree in a relevant field or undertaken graduate work in relevant fields may transfer credit hours towards the doctoral degree (up to 36 credit hours for graduate course work in relevant fields at Illinois Institute of Technology or up to 30 credit hours for graduate course work in relevant fields from other institutions). Transfer credit decisions are made by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Core Courses (18 hours)
Breadth Requirement (12 hours)
Specialization (At least 15 hours)
Elective Study (At most 15 hours)
Dissertation Research (Between 24 and 36 hours)


Qualifying Exam (taken at end of first year)
Comprehensive Exam (taken at end of course work)
Dissertation proposal
Dissertation (final thesis) examination


Communication and Media Studies
Technical Communication

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Sample courses

After Graduation

As a graduate of Illinois Tech’s Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities program, you will be prepared for careers in research and teaching at the postsecondary level, as well as alt-ac careers in university research and teaching, and advanced research and development positions in the private and government sectors.

Admissions Guidelines

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field that, in combination with the program's core and breadth requirements, would provide a solid basis for advanced academic work leading to original research in technology and humanities. The relevance of previous degrees to the doctoral program will be assessed by the department’s graduate admissions committee.

Before applying, you are encouraged to learn more about the faculty in the Department of Humanities and their research. We expect applicants to indicate in their research statements individual faculty members with whom they would like to work while at Illinois Tech.

Applications to the Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities program are administered by the Office of Graduate Admission, which require an online application. Applications are accepted for fall matriculation only and applications are due January 31. Applicants should contact Nathan Robbins, recruitment and admissions specialist in the Office of Graduate Admissions, with any questions about the application system or assistance uploading required files.

In addition to the university's standard application form, you must submit the following:

  1. A research statement discussing your professional and academic preparation, research interests, and goals
  2. Three letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors who can evaluate your potential for advanced academic work (at least two must be from university faculty)
  3. Official transcripts, or certified copies thereof, of all academic work at the college level or above.
  4. Required test scores

You are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores with minimum scores of 144 in quantitative reasoning and 153 in verbal reasoning, and an analytical writing score of at least 3.0.

If you are an international student, you must submit TOEFL scores unless you are exempt as specified in the “International Applicant Requirements” of the Graduate Bulletin. The minimum TOEFL score is 95, with minimum section scores of 20 each in the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections. Students submitting IELTS scores must have a minimum score of 7.0.

Note: Enrolling in courses as a non-degree student does not guarantee later acceptance into a degree program, nor does meeting the minimum admission requirements. If you enter as a non-degree or certificate student, you should first discuss your plans with the director of graduate studies.

Learn more

Get in touch: For more information about the Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities, contact Libby Hemphill, director of graduate studies, or call the Department of Humanities office at 312.567.3465.

Apply: To get started on your application, visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website.