The Medical Humanities Steering Committee includes:

  • Trish Starks, history
  • Jonathan Marion, anthropology
  • Casey Kayser, English
  • Warren Herold, philosophy

The medical humanities minor is designed to give students an overview of the ways in which various disciplines in the humanities inform, intersect with, and apply to understandings of the medical arts and sciences. The medical humanities minor is beneficial for students preparing for careers in health care, social services, and health-related fields, especially those who wish to understand how cultural, social, ethical, religious, literary, artistic, and other such perspectives can enrich conceptualizations and approaches to patient care.

Approaching medicine from a humanistic perspective will help future health care and social service practitioners view patients and individuals with greater empathy and awareness, as well as provide them with the tools to critically analyze their own experiences. The minor is also appropriate for students from disciplines within the humanities and social sciences interested in researching and practicing in such areas related to the historical, social, and cultural dynamics that have informed medical institutions and treatment; patient advocacy; medical law and ethics; narrative medicine; and art, music, or narrative therapies.

Requirements for Minor in Medical Humanities

A minimum of 18 hours consisting of the following:
Choose one introductory course:3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ACTS Equivalency = ANTH 2013)
Communication in a Diverse World
Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123)
Introduction to Ethics (ACTS Equivalency = PHIL 1003)
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013)
Social Problems (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 2013)
Introduction to Gender Studies
Personal Health and Safety
Introduction to Human Sexuality
Choose three of the following core courses or committee-approved special topics courses (taken from two different departments)9
Medical Anthropology
Culture and Medicine
Health Communication
Medical Humanities Colloquium
Health and Disease: 1500 to the Present
On Death and Dying
Terminology for the Health Professions
Bioethics
Advanced Spanish for Health Professions
Choose two courses from the following elective courses:6
Body and Identity
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Health Communication Campaigns
Life Span Development
Family Relations
Child Development
The Hospitalized Child: Child Life Programming
Adolescent Development
Families in Crisis
Parenting and Family Dynamics
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 2103)
Adult Development
Total Hours18

At least 9 hours must be in courses numbered 3000 or higher. A maximum of 6 hours will be allowed from any one department.

Students may petition the Medical and Health Humanities Steering Committee to have other courses accepted as requirements for the minor. Additionally, the committee intends to update these elective options if and when relevant new courses become available.