Why Technological Humanities?

The Technological Humanities Program integrates the big ideas of a traditional liberal arts education with practical training in technological skills.

In doing so, it uniquely prepares undergraduate students to navigate an increasingly technological workforce.  By combining a liberal arts core, coding courses, technology electives, and an emphasis on interdisciplinary research, the program offers opportunities for students with a wide range of interests.

For instance, students skilled in computer science, mathematics, or design can develop these skills while exploring the social implications of AI, big data, or sustainable design. Similarly, students with an interest in communication, writing, or cultural history can couple these interests with practical training in coding, website design, or nanotechnology.

As a result, graduates of LTU’s B.S. in Technological Humanities program are distinctively credentialed to work as humanists in the technologically-rich fields of the twenty-first century.

The Technological Humanities Program develops:

  • Foundational critical thinking skills in the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences through the University’s Core Curriculum
  • Foundational computer science skills and advanced technical expertise in an area selected by the student, drawing on the many STEM resources provided by LTU
  • Professional communication skills through courses in speech, collaborative communication, and technical editing
  • Liberal arts and social science courses that place particular emphasis on understanding cultural adaptation to technological change
  • Interdisciplinary research experiences culminating in an original capstone research project

Student Opportunities

The Technological Humanities curriculum is designed to be flexible, in order to facilitate the addition of minors, certificates, and/or participation in co- and extra- curricular programs that credential graduates’ interdisciplinary training. The Technological Humanities Curriculum includes four 3-credit technological applications electives that provide students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in any technological field offered at LTU.

Students can use these electives to pursue:

  • Certificates and minors in Design Thinking, Building Information Modeling, Embedded Systems, Game Design, Graphic Design, Nanotechnology, or Business Administration
  • projects linked to Honors, Quest, or Grand Challenge Scholars programs
  • senior internships or practicums geared toward fostering employment upon graduation

The College of Arts and Sciences hosts two lecture series that provide excellent opportunities to Technological Humanities Students.

The Humanity + Technology lecture series at LTU sponsors “a public conversation about the world we make and what it means.” Each year, visiting speakers representing a range of humanities disciplines hold public lectures and seminars on the relationship between human beings and their technologies.

Students in the BSTH program are often provided unique opportunities to interact with these speakers, enhancing and expanding their course and research activities.

Recent speakers and topics include N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University), “Are Computer Technologies Only Tools?”, Laura Forlano (Illinois Institute of Technology), “Care-Ful Futures: Design, Technology, and the More than Human,” and Kenneth Knoespel (Georgia Tech), “Asimov, the Ice Moons of Saturn, and New Humanitie

Idea Factory is a speaker series that showcases course-based research experiences conducted by faculty and students within the LTU community and beyond. The series is especially interested in how the course-based research model fosters diversity, inclusion, and academic rigor in the classroom.

The series brings experts in inclusive classroom pedagogies and undergraduate research to LTU each year for lectures, workshops, and roundtable discussions.

Jason Barrett
Jason Barrett is an associate professor, and chair of the department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communications. Barrett's work examines the origins of American "liberalism" – the union of democracy and capitalism in the nation's Founding. He is specifically interested in the ways American law and courts have adapted to/helped impose a new paradigm for property rights, contracts, capitalization, corporations, etc. in response to the ideology of the American Revolution and Federal Constitution.


Paul Jaussen
Paul Jaussen is an associate professor of literature at LTU, where his teaching and research focus on world literature, literary theory and criticism, poetry and poetics, and the relationship between literature and technology. His first book, Writing in Real Time: Emergent Poetics from Whitman to the Digital (Cambridge University Press, 2017) approaches the American long poem as a complex, adaptive, and emergent system, sharing properties with flocks of birds, traffic jams, and biological organisms. Dr. Jaussen is co-founder and co-director of the Humanity+Technology lecture series, which has been funded by the Teagle Foundation and the Michigan Humanities Council, and he is an active member of the College of Arts and Sciences Course-Based Research Experience (CRE) faculty. He looks forward to working with students on research involving theoretical interpretations of emerging technology (particularly virtual reality), poetry and poetics, and modern/contemporary literature.


Vivian Kao
Vivian Kao joined the faculty at LTU in 2016 after earning her PhD in English Literature from Rutgers University. Her research interests include the teaching of writing at STEM universities, literature/film adaptation, postcolonial studies, and the Victorian novel. In addition to serving as the coordinator for the composition program, she teaches the “Introduction to Humanity and Technology” course and hopes to work with Technological Humanities students to develop research and design projects that bring the humanities and STEM together in meaningful, responsible, and innovative ways.


Daniel Shargel
Daniel Shargel joined LTU in 2015 after completing a PhD in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research is primarily in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, and philosophy of emotion. His current research projects are an investigation of the social role of laughter, and a theory of how emotions fit into a reinforcement learning based account of moral judgement. He is interested in working with Technological Humanities students to explore the ethical and social implications of technology. He teaches Foundations, Development, Ethics, and other social science electives.


Philip Vogt
Philip Vogt joined LTU in 1999 after earning his doctorate in intellectual history at Johns Hopkins University.  He teaches courses in political theory and European intellectual history. He is the author of several articles on John Locke and one book, John Locke and the Rhetoric of Modernity (Lexington Books, 2008).  His current research focuses on Plato, Aristotle and the rhetorical contexts in which their works were first received.


Melinda Weinstein
Melinda Weinstein joined LTU in 2000. Her most recent publication, “Dendrography and Art History: a computer-assisted analysis of Cézanne’s Bathers” (in press. Digital Humanities Quarterly, vol. 13, 2019) uses visual imaging tools from the field of microbiology to study relatedness between paintings.  She is Co-Principal Investigator of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Award that seeks to increase diversity in STEM fields. An active member of the College of Arts and Sciences Course-Based Research Experience (CRE) team, she is especially interested in how emerging technologies can bring to light  “hidden” patterns in literature, art, and music.

Bachelor of Science in Technological Humanities
Total Semester Credit Hours: 121

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 Pathways to Research Careers 1
COM 1103 College Composition 3
MCS 1074 or
MCS 1224
Precalculus
Calculus Survey
4
MCS 1XX3 Computer Science Foundations 3
Natural Science 1 Elective 3
Natural Science Lab Elective 1
   TOTAL 15
     

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2113 Speech 3
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
LLT 2XX3 Humanity & Technology 3
PSY 1213 Intro to Psychology 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of the American Experience 3
   TOTAL 15

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
MCS 1142 Intro to C 2
MCS 2124 Statistics 4
SSC 2423 Development of the American Experience 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
COM 2443 Intro to Rhetoric 3
MCS 1514 Computer Science 1 4
PSY 2113 Research Methods 3
SSC 2303 Principles of Economics 1 3
Natural Science 2 Elective 3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 3563 or
COM 3553
Collaborative Communication
Interpersonal Communication
3
LLT 3443 American Literature Survey 1 3
MCS 1111 Coding Club 1
SSC 3153 or
SSC 3133
U.S. History Survey 1
European History Survey 1
3
SSC 3723 Ethics 3
  Technology Application Elective 3
   TOTAL 16

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 3453 American Literature Survey 1 3
LLT 4523 Creative Writing 3
LLT 4533 Literary Criticism and Cultural Studies 3
MCS 1111 Coding Club 1
SSC 3163 or
SSC 3143
U.S. History Survey 2
European History Survey 2
3
Technology Application Elective 3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 3543 or
COM 4153
Technical Editing
Proposal Writing
3
LLT 4913 Mythology 3
SSC 4113 Internship/Practicum 3
SSC 4733 History of Technology 3
  Technology Application Elective 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 4001 Pathways Capstone Lab  1
SSC 4903 Senior Thesis 3
Thesis Elective 1 3
Thesis Elective 2 3
Technology Application Elective 3
   TOTAL 13