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About the Department

If you're a student who wants to use both sides of your brain—integrating a creative, human-centered approach with an understanding of science and technology—our courses and degree programs may be right for you.The humanities explore the nature, history, imagining, and communication of the values that guide not only science and technology but other parts of the human experience. Subjects taught in the Lewis Department of Humanities include art and architectural history, communication, foreign language, history, linguistics, literature, and philosophy. Many of our courses emphasize critical thinking, communication skills, ethical awareness, and global and historical perspectives on culture, science, and technology.

At the undergraduate level,

After graduation, our degrees are an excellent fit for positions that require strong communication skills, and they provide a solid foundation for graduate work in the humanities, social sciences, law, business, and other professional schools. (And, on a more practical note, Money magazine recently ranked technical writing as #13 of the best 50 jobs in the U.S., based on salary and job prospects.)

At the graduate level, our certificates and degree programs in technical communication prepare students for research, teaching, and corporate settings. Coursework combines theory, application, and practice in areas like document design, editing, information architecture, linguistics, knowledge management, project management, usability testing, and Web design. Many tech comm courses encourage collaborative projects with Chicago-area businesses, government agencies, and community organizations. Our alumni work in a variety of academic and corporate settings: Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, Case Western Reserve University, Chicago School Board, Motorola, Siemens, Verizon Wireless, Second Life, Columbia College, and others.

Throughout our curricula, we offer students regular access to small classes, quality instruction, and learning experiences that build upon the strengths of our faculty, the IIT community, and the rich opportunities offered in Chicago and beyond. Here are just a few examples:

Humanities faculty have won teaching awards at both the university level and the national level and maintain a strong record of research and publication.

We invite you to learn more about the Humanities Department by exploring this site; visiting the department; or contacting one of the following: