Humanities

Giving Opportunities

The Department of Humanities is a vibrant multidisciplinary intellectual community. Our faculty and students study communication, composition, literature, modern languages, philosophy, rhetoric, visual studies, linguistics, gender studies, and technical communication. Our students graduate with expertise in communication across contexts. Our courses are on the front lines of the STEM engagement with ethics, culture, and experience. We bring an ever-more critical humanistic perspective to the Michigan Tech campus. 

Studies in the Humanities require disciplined thought and creative imagination. We are proud of the publications, presentations, and programs that our faculty and students produce. We need your support to expand our curriculum, to advance faculty leadership in their various fields, and to develop state-of-the-art pedagogical materials and facilities.

Giving Needs

Questions About Your Gift?

Patty Sotirin

  • Interim Department Chair, Humanities
  • Professor of Communication, Humanities
906-487-3264
pjsotiri@mtu.edu
301B Walker
Ben Larson

Ben Larson

  • Director of Advancement, College of Sciences and Arts
906-487-2464
balarson@mtu.edu
WAHC 201E

What Your Gift Could Accomplish

When the Humanities Digital Media Zone, or HDMZ, opened in April 2011, it consolidated the old Modern Language Lab and Center for Computerized Language Instruction into a technology-rich and people-friendly space that now routinely holds dozens of students. No wonder it’s so popular, what with the high-end PCs and Macs, a digital media studio, laptop classroom, private recording and listening rooms, and lots, lots more. The $550,000 facility is funded by the humanities department, student fees, and private donations.

"It was an honor to be part of the HDMZ renovation; to be able to play a part in creating a new functional focal point for Walker is personally rewarding and also an opportunity for us to give back to the university and current students. The HDMZ lab is as inviting as it is functional. It’s a creative atmosphere that the Humanities department can take pride in, and it’s form and function mirror the familiarity and capability our STC/STA students can bring to a variety of communications."Sean Fernstrum, Donor