The intersection of humanities and new technologies
The pressing question guiding study in the humanities for centuries has been, “What does it mean to be human?” With a computer in most homes, and a smartphone in most pockets today, the digital humanities program at Illinois Tech—one of a few such undergraduate programs in the country—is exploring what it means to be human when digital technologies mediate so much of our lives.
As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Digital Humanities program you will examine a blend of traditional humanities disciplines—history, philosophy, linguistics, rhetoric, literature, and art history— in the context of practical, hands-on work in the digital world. So, what does this mean?
This means you will learn about communications in the context of visual design and web development, and learn how to communicate complex ideas in new ways. You will examine the evolution of technology from a historical perspective. You might study ethics in the framework of the professional and digital worlds, or explore how people use technology and how it affects their lives.
Your coursework will go beyond writing traditional papers. You will create interactive audio/visual projects to demonstrate your mastery of the material. In your final year, you will complete a capstone project on a topic of your choosing. Your hard work will result in a portfolio that can be used in job interviews or graduate school applications.
When you graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Humanities, you will be prepared for graduate studies or a wide range of careers involving social media, public relations, web design, dating mining, user experience and interface design, and digital media, to name a few.
By choosing the digital humanities at Illinois Tech, you will open up whole new worlds of learning and endless possibilities.
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 choose to pursue one of our many interdisciplinary specializations, including game studies and design, information architecture, policy and ethics, and science and technology studies. You are also required to earn 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 Illinois Tech’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.