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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.

Program Spotlight: Nicholas Molinari

Even though I’m 80 miles from Newport, the hybrid format of Salve Regina’s low-residency Ph.D. program has allowed me to contribute to the discussions of the various readings, and hear the insights from my peers about these readings, better than any other learning format I've participated in, from traditional to fully online, seminar to lecture to lab. All of us contributing to arrive at a better understanding is an essential component of the program, and it’s been extremely rewarding.


Time to Complete

Four years

Program Format

Low residency

Application Deadline

July 1 or Nov. 1

Our Faculty

Our faculty are passionate about exploring the most important questions of human life and eagerly lead students on an intellectual journey through an integrated series of courses.​


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Humanities (Ph.D.)

4 residencies | 42 credits

View residency dates and course schedules for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 cohorts.

Required residencies:

  • Weeklong residences are held in March and October.

Required courses:

  • HUM510: A History of Technology
  • HUM600: Humanities Problems and Perspectives
  • HUM605: Philosophical Perspectives on the Digital Age
  • HUM610: Religion, Culture and Technology
  • HUM617: Political Philosophy and Technology
  • HUM618: Humanities Theory, Method and Disciplines
  • HUM620: Social Transformation Through Art
  • HUM625: Ethics and Modern Technology
  • HUM630: Modern Literature and the Human Condition
  • HUM635: Culture, Society and the Global Condition
  • HUM680: Dissertation Research

Comprehensive Exams and Subject Field Exams

Students must also pass a comprehensive exam (after coursework has been completed) and two subject field oral exams, which are self-scheduled following the first semester. See the program handbook for details.

Language Requirement

Students must meet a language proficiency requirement, which can be fulfilled through a short online course. At the discretion of the program director, the language requirement may be waived. No graduate credit is awarded for language courses. See the program handbook for details.

Dissertation Phase

Candidates who have completed the requirements above may begin the dissertation phase and enroll in HUM680: Dissertation Research and Writing. Doctoral candidates have five years from the end of coursework to research, write and defend the dissertation. Candidates are continuously enrolled each fall and/or spring semester until the dissertation is successfully defended. See the program handbook for details.