Minor in Medical Humanities

The medical humanities minor is designed to give students an overview of the ways that the medical arts and sciences intersect and interact with various disciplines in the humanities, in such ways as art and medicine, bioethics, the history of medicine, literature and medicine, music and medicine, medicine in the performing arts, medicine and philosophy, and medicine and law. This minor can be combined with any major and minor. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

What are the Medical Humanities?

To study the medical humanities is to examine the intersection of human experience and expression with the practices and technologies of healthcare. We ask how issues of medicine and health inspire artists and thinkers; how culture and philosophy has shaped healthcare policies and practices; and how health affects social, political, and personal identities.

Why minor in the Medical Humanities?

A minor in medical humanities equips students with a multi-disciplinary perspective of healthcare that:

  • Fosters independent critical thinking and strong communication skills necessary for an always-changing marketplace and demanding career decisions.
  • Equips students to interact with people, empathetically and thoughtfully in ways that start conversations, recognize strengths in diversity, and unify methods and goals.
  • Strengthens students’ abilities to appreciate cultural, aesthetic, and professional differences.
  • Prepares students to trust themselves and their skills in navigating the challenges of their professional and personal goals.

In medical humanities classes, students will find themselves alongside others from a range of backgrounds, preparing for careers as nurses, doctors, hospital administrators, technicians, pharmaceutical professionals, writers, social workers, lawyers, and clergy. The merit of a medical humanities minor is that it provides rigorous preparation and experiences that are applicable to a wide variety of opportunities.









Program Curriculum

Core Course (3 credits)
Core Course (3 credits)
Introduction to Medical Humanities (Core Course (3 credits) / Credits: 3 )
Minor Electives (select 12 credits from the following)
HONR 1010B
The Healthy Women: Mothers to Cyborgs (HONR 1010B / Credits: 3 )
HONR 1000N
Genetics and Genealogy (HONR 1000N / Credits: 3 )
HONR 2000U
The Idea of the Hospital (HONR 2000U / Credits: 3 )
HONR 2000W
The Pathography: Patient’s Stories of Illness (HONR 2000W / Credits: 3 )
HUMN 4100
Death and Dying (HUMN 4100 / Credits: 3 )
LITR 3500
Literature and Medicine (LITR 3500 / Credits: 3 )
PHIL 3180 or PHIL 3180H
Biomedical Ethics or Biomedical Ethics Honors (PHIL 3180 or PHIL 3180H / Credits: 3 )
PHIL 3220
Philosophy of Science (PHIL 3220 / Credits: 3 )
SOCL 2030
Medical Sociology (SOCL 2030 / Credits: 3 )
SPAN 3300
Spanish for Health Professions (SPAN 3300 / Credits: 3 )

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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