Our doctoral program in humanities was inaugurated in 1989 as an interdisciplinary investigation of the question, "What does it mean to be human in an age of advanced technology?" This question commands our attention now more than ever.
Explore the Human-Technology Relationship
Our Ph.D. program offers rigorous training in the core humanities, coupled with the opportunity to conduct research that transcends traditional academic disciplinary boundaries. The program's unique focus and flexibility, combined with the diverse composition of its student population, makes it a natural laboratory for innovation.
Delivered in a low-residency format, our Independent Research Fellows Cohort accepts a limited number of students for two starts per year (fall or spring semester). Students complete foundation coursework online and during residencies, then prepare for their comprehensive exams. This leads to problem-focused and integrated interdisciplinary research and a distinguished doctoral dissertation.
Broadly conceived, the human-technology relationship remains at the heart of the curriculum, allowing students to draw insights and integrate knowledge from a variety of fields, including religion, philosophy, ethics, art, literature, media, history, politics and cultural theory. We challenge our students to develop a specific research direction that builds on the broader humanities and engages with the doctoral theme.