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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.​


Meet Our Faculty

Humanities (Ph.D.)

4 residencies | 42 credits

Year One

Fall coursework online: September through December
Residency: October

  • HUM600: Humanities Problems and Perspectives
  • HUM618: Humanities Theory, Method and Disciplines

Spring coursework online: January through Mary
Residency: March

  • HUM610: Religion, Culture and Technology
  • HUM617: Political Philosophy and Technology

Summer I coursework online: May through June

  • HUM510: A History of Technology

Summer II coursework online: July through August

  • HUM620: Social Transformation Through Art

Year Two

Fall coursework online: September through December
Residency: October

  • HUM605: Philosophical Perspectives on the Digital Age
  • HUM625: Ethics and Modern Technology

Spring coursework online: January through Mary
Residency: March

  • HUM630: Modern Literature and the Human Condition
  • HUM635: Culture, Society and the Global Condition
  • Completion of comprehensive exams

Summer: Completion of subject field exams

In addition to the required coursework, students must also meet a language proficiency requirement, which can be fulfilled through a short online course. In certain circumstances, at the discretion of the program director, the language requirement may be waived. No graduate credit is awarded for language courses.

Dissertation Phase

  • HUM680: Dissertation Research and Writing

Successful candidates begin the dissertation phase in the fall or spring semester. Doctoral candidates have five years from the end of coursework to research, write and defend the dissertation. Candidates are continuously enrolled in 3 credits of Dissertation Research and Writing each fall and/or spring semester until the dissertation is successfully defended.