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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

Students enter the Ph.D. program from a wide range of fields, but should have substantial academic preparation or professional experience related to one or more humanities fields. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field that, in combination with the 30 credit hour technical core, would provide a solid basis for advanced academic work leading to original research in technology and humanities.

In addition to the application form, the applicant must submit the following:

1. A short (two pages) research statement
2. Writing or production sample
3. Three letters of recommendation
4. Official transcripts, or certified copies thereof, of all academic work at the college-level or above
5. GRE scores
6. TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable)

The research statement should articulate the applicant’s research interests including what the applicant is interested in studying and why, who the applicant may be interesting in studying with, and how the applicant’s prior education and/or experience has provided reasonable training in the particular field of interest.

Applicants submitting writing samples should choose a sample that demonstrates the applicant’s analytical abilities and is in the applicant’s declared field of interest. The sample should include a works cited list that enables the admissions committee to evaluate the applicant’s familiarity with a field. Applicants submitting production samples or portfolios should submit materials that demonstrate their existing production skills and practice.

All applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores with a minimum combined score of 1000 (quantitative + verbal), with a minimum score of 500 in each area, and 3.0 (analytical writing). Students taking the revised GRE (2012 and later) must have a minimum scores of 144 in quantitative reasoning and 153 in verbal reasoning, and an analytical writing score of at least 4.0.

International students must submit TOEFL scores unless they are exempt as specified in the International Applicant Requirements section 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 does not guarantee later acceptance into a degree program, nor does meeting the minimum admission requirements. Students who enter as non-degree or certificate students should first discuss their plans with one of the co-directors of graduate studies.

Learn more

Get in touch: For more information about the Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities, contact Carly Kocurek, 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. Applications for Fall 2018 admission are due on January 31, 2018.