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Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities

The Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities (formerly the Ph.D. in Technical Communication) 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'll establish a strong foundation in the quantitative and qualitative 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, information science, 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 is a 72-hour program beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students who have earned a master’s degree in a relevant field may transfer up to 30 credit hours (however, core requirements remain unchanged).

Courses and Credit-Hours

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)

Examinations

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

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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.

Learn more

Get in touch: For more information, contact Professor Karl Stolley, Director of Graduate Studies, at kstolley@iit.edu, or call our office at 312.567.3465.

Apply: To get started on your application, visit the admissions website.