Medical Humanities Minor Requirements

Units required: 18

The Medical Humanities minor may be declared in WebSTAC as early as the spring semester of a student’s freshman year.

Gateway courses

At least one class (3 units) is required. (It is helpful but not required for minors to take the gateway course before other minor coursework.) There are currently four gateway options:

The Art of Medicine [freshmen only]
First-Year Seminar: Stories of Medicine (SP20)/"A World Without Time: Literature and Epidemic Disease (SP21) [freshmen only]
Biomedical Ethics
Health and Disease in World History

Core courses

Core courses make up most of the Medical Humanities minor. At least 9 units must be taken at the 300 level or above and must be taken from at least two out of six different disciplinary categories, derived from each course's home department: Classics & Art History (CAH), History (HIS), Languages/Literature/Culture (LLC), Performing Arts & Music (PAM), Philosophy & Religious Studies (PHR), and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS). Core courses may also require additional prerequisites within their home departments or programs. The past several years of Medical Humanities courses include the following:

Advanced Seminar: History of the Body (HIS)
Advanced Seminar: Mad: Mental Illness, Power and Resistance in Africa and the Caribbean (HIS)
Advanced Seminar: Medicine, Disease, and Empire (HIS)
Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine (CAH)
Ancient Madness (CAH)
Art and the Mind-Brain (PHR)
The Black Death and the Plague in Europe (HIS)
The Body in Pain (LLC)
Chinese for Medical Purposes [Chinese language prerequisites] (LLC)
Contemporary Women’s Health (WGS)
Current Topics in the History of Medicine: The History of Madness (HIS)
Disability Studies Before "Disability" (Topics in French Literature) (LLC)
Disease, Madness and Death Italian-Style (LLC)
Frankenstein, Origins and Afterlives (LLC)
Freshman Seminar: Global Health in the Francophone World (LLC)
Galen's On Prognosis: A Social History of Medicine in Second-Century Rome [Greek language prerequisites] (CAH)
Gender, Religion, Medicine and Science (WGS)
History of Women’s Health Care in America (WGS)
Humors, Pox, and Plague: Medieval and Early Modern Medicine (HIS)
Literature and Medicine (LLC)
Madness on Stage: The History of Insanity on Stage from Medea to Blanche DuBois (PAM)
Making Sex and Gender: Understanding the History of the Body (HIS)
Medical Narratives, Narrative Medicine [French language prerequisites] (LLC)
Medical Spanish [Spanish language prerequisites] (LLC)
Medicine, Healing and Experimentation in the Contours of Black History (HIS)
Medicine on the Frontiers (HIS)
Nature, Technology, and Medicine in Korea (LLC)
Philosophy of Medicine (PHR)
Religion and Healing (PHR)
Religion, Race and Health in Modern America (PHR)
Sexuality and Gender in East Asia: The Body in Daoism (PHR)
Staging Illness (PAM)      
Topics in Jewish Studies: Jews, Bodies, and Bioethics (PHR)
Trans* Studies (WGS)
What Is Medical Humanities? (can count for any disciplinary category)
Writing and Medicine (LLC)

Affiliate Courses

Students may apply up to 3 units (usually one class) of course work in a social-science or natural-science discipline that complements Medical Humanities. These courses include the following:

Anthropological Perspectives on the Fetus
Adventures in Nosology: The Nature and Meaning of Disease
Culture, Illness, and Healing in Asia*
Cultures of Health in Latin America
The Female Life-Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Gender, Culture and Madness
Health, Healing and Ethics: Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Inequality by Design: Understanding Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States
Introduction to Global Health
Living, Dying and Death: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Understanding the End of Life
Sick Society: Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities in the United States
Sociological Approaches to American Health Care

This list will be updated frequently. Please contact Wendy Love Anderson with any questions about minor requirements.

* - "Culture, Illness, and Healing in Asia" (L48 Anthro 4033) was considered a Medical Humanities core course up through SP18. Beginning in FL20 and going forward, it will be a Medical Humanities affiliate course, like other Anthropology-based courses. SP19 enrollees may opt to count it as either core or affiliate.