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Medical Humanities


Why minor in medical humanities?

The world of medicine is rapidly changing, and you want to be prepared for it.

In addition to a newly designed MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test), which includes new test areas in “socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health and health outcomes” and “critical analysis and reasoning skills,” graduate programs in health care fields are shifting their attention to students who know how to display skills of empathy and interpersonal communication. In other words, while medical schools want students who are well-trained in the sciences, they look for candidates with sound liberal arts backgrounds. The minor in medical humanities affirms your training in the liberal arts while preparing you for the future.

Courses that intersect the humanities and social sciences with your degree plans.

Many of the elective courses in the medical humanities minor intersect with your required general education courses. That’s a deliberate design feature – there are plenty of options, so you can complete the minor on time. Above all, we want you to see the connections between your general education courses and your future career in ways that bring together the humanities and the professions.

A project to explore that impacts your career.

The integrative portfolio gives you the space to combine projects from three separate courses into a single synthetic project that you can show to graduate programs or future employers. Projects could involve topics such as the history of childhood and its impact on pediatric care, representations of disability and their impact on the use of prostheses, the sociology of vaccination, and the communication of end-of-life care for diverse religious audiences. What’s important is that the project highlights your education in the medical humanities – and that it’s of personal and professional interest to you.