Bachelor of Science in Humanities (HUM)

Illinois Institute of Technology’s B.S. in Humanities is a flexible degree program aimed at students who are interested in the study of history, philosophy, and communication from a technological point of view, and in the study of science and technology from a humanistic point of view. This degree prepares students for graduate studies in the humanities and social sciences, and for advanced professional programs.

Within this major, students may choose concentrations in art and architectural history, digital humanities, literature, linguistics, philosophy, history, and communication. Students who choose philosophy, for example, would take eight of their eleven major courses in philosophy, for a total of 24 credit hours in philosophy. Students may also elect not to choose a concentration and to have a general humanities major.

This degree has three components:

  • Illinois Tech Core Curriculum (47 credit hours)
  • Major Coursework (33 credit hours)
  • Minor1/Second Major/Free Electives (46 credit hours)

Students accepted into the Honors Law Program forgo the minor and most free electives and take all other coursework in the first three years.

Required Courses

  1. Illinois Tech Core Curriculum (47 credit hours)
    Where unspecified, follow the bulletin guidelines: see Core Curriculum.
    Basic Writing Proficiency
    Mathematics (5-6 credit hours)
    Computer Science (2 credit hours)
    Humanities and Social Sciences (21 credit hours)
    Natural Science or Engineering (10-11 credit hours)
    Interprofessional Projects (6 credit hours)
    ITP: Introduction to the Profession (2 credit hours)
    Note: A minimum of 16 credit hours is required between mathematics and natural science or engineering.
  2. The Major (33 credit hours)
    Eleven courses in art and architectural history, communication, digital humanities, history, literature, philosophy, or courses offered by other departments that are approved by the student’s HUM major adviser. At least eight of these courses should be at or above the 300-level.
    Students wishing to specialize should take at least eight courses (24 credit hours) in a particular discipline.
    Students planning to go on to graduate study in the humanities are encouraged to take at least one independent study course.
    For single majors, all major coursework is over and above the Illinois Tech Core Curriculum humanities requirements, and must be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic adviser.
  3. Minor1/2nd Major/Free Electives (46 credit hours)
    Total Hours: 126

Bachelor of Science in Humanities Curriculum

Sample Program for Honors Law Program Students

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MATH 1515CS 1052
LCHS 1002Major Elective3
Natural Science or Engineering Elective4Major Elective3
Humanities 200-level Course3Natural Science or Engineering Elective4
 Humanities Elective (300+)3
 Social Sciences Elective3
 14 18
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Major Elective3IPRO Elective I3
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Natural Science or Engineering Elective3Major Elective3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Free Elective3
 Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 15 18
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
IPRO Elective II3Major Elective3
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Major Elective3Free Elective3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
 Free Elective3
 15 18
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Courses at Chicago-Kent College of Law14Courses at Chicago-Kent College of Law14
 14 14
Total Credit Hours: 126