The pressing question guiding study in the Humanities for centuries has been, “What does it mean to be human?” But with a computer in most homes, and a smartphone in most pockets today, the Digital Humanities program at IIT – one of very few such undergraduate programs in the country – is exploring what it means to be human when so much of our activities are mediated by digital technologies.
As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Digital Humanities program at IIT, you will specialize in history, literature, linguistics, communications, or philosophy, and develop critical thinking, research, and writing skills within your chosen discipline. You will read about and discuss enduring issues of the human experience while you learn to write source code or study game theory. You will learn how to translate your digital humanities knowledge into smart web and interactive design skills and to envision solutions to problems the world has not even yet recognized. This unique combination of abilities will help you jumpstart a career that makes a practical difference in the world.
By choosing the Digital Humanities program at IIT, you will not be turning your back on any academic possibilities. Instead, you will open up whole new worlds of learning and practice for yourself.
Program at a glance
In a Digital Humanities program you may pursue a traditional humanities specialization in history, philosophy, linguistics or literature. As well, you may pursue an interdisciplinary specialization in information architecture, technical communication, or science and technology studies. You also have the option of earning a minor in an area of your choosing outside of digital humanities.
General education (48 hours)
Major (47 hours)
Minor (15 hours)
Free elective (25 hours)
You will also participate in an Interprofessional Project, unique to IIT’s curriculum.
- Digital Culture
- Social Networks
- Gender and Technology
- Digital Game Theory and Design
- Humanizing Technology
- Science and Values
- Filming the Past
- Research Methods in Digital Humanities
As a Digital Humanities graduate, you will be prepared for careers in business, consulting, government, media, and many other fields that require digital skills, knowledge of the human experience, and ability to communicate with a variety of audiences, including:
- Web design and game design
- Technical communication
- Digital communications, including social media
- Public relations and marketing
- The nonprofit sector
- User experience and interface design
- Public policy
- Academic or health administration
You will also be prepared to continue on to graduate school in a number of fields.