The College of Humanities (CDH) in EPFL promotes the development of research in fields in which social and human sciences (SHS) interact with engineering and other sciences studied at the EPFL.
The CDH comprises two institutes: the main goal of the Institute of Area and Global Studies (IAGS) is to preparing students to professionally engage with in an emerging country, by providing them with tools to better understand non-Western societies and cultures. The Digital Humanities Institute (DHI) aims at providing students with a broad yet thorough knowledge in the Digital Humanities. The DHI lies at the interface between computing methodologies, engineering and the humanities.
The College also administers the Collaborative Research program on Science and Society (CROSS). The program supports transdisciplinary research of contemporary socio-technical topics and issues and is co-funded by UNIL and EPFL.
Among the teaching activities organised and coordinated by the CDH, the teaching program in Human and Social Sciences (SHS) is taught to all Bachelor and Master students within EPFL. The SHS program brings together some 100 teachers who for the most part belong to the the Université de Lausanne (UNIL), the University of Art and Design of Lausanne (ECAL) and the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD). The best SHS projects of the first master level year are awarded with the annual SHS Prize.
The CDH also has two teaching programs linked to its institutes: