Medical Humanities Minor

The Medical Humanities minor seeks to provide students who have academic interests in the health sciences with an enriched curriculum which addresses the non-scientific aspects of professional health care training.  The core courses from History/English, Art History, and Philosophy cultivate competencies -- in observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection -- that are essential for humane medical care.  The elective courses, drawn from a wide variety of scholarly fields in the humanities, illuminate the social and cultural contexts that frame understandings and experiences of health and illness.

The minor in medical humanities consists of 18 credits in courses that address the nonscientific aspects of professional health care training. To achieve the minor, students must complete each of the following courses:

Medical Humanities Minor

The Medical Humanities minor seeks to provide students who have academic interests in the health sciences with an enriched curriculum which addresses the non-scientific aspects of professional health care training.  The core courses from History/English, Art History, and Philosophy cultivate competencies -- in observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection -- that are essential for humane medical care.  The elective courses, drawn from a wide variety of scholarly fields in the humanities, illuminate the social and cultural contexts that frame understandings and experiences of health and illness.

The minor in medical humanities consists of 18 credits in courses that address the nonscientific aspects of professional health care training. To achieve the minor, students must complete each of the following courses:

ARTH 361

The Human Condition: An Arts Perspective

3

PHIL 213

Ethics and Health Care

3

SCTS 301/ENGL 369

Illness Narratives

3

Core I: History of science, technology and medicine

 

Select one of the following:

3

HIST 389

History in Film: ____ (science film topics only)

 

HIST/SCTS 392

Revolutions in Science I

 

HIST/SCTS 393

Revolutions in Science II

 

HIST/SCTS 397

Genetics and Society: 1865 to the Present

 

HIST/SCTS 398

History of Medicine and Public Health: ____

 

SCTS 300

Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

 

Core II: Cross-cultural and diversity perspectives that impact health care

 

Select one of the following:

3

AFAM/ANTH/INTL/GSWS 309

Global Women's Health

 

AFAM 310

African American Health: Health Disparities

 

ANTH 301/BIOL 341

Human Evolution

 

ANTH 391

Topics in Anthropology (medical anthropology topic only)

 

ENGL/GSWS 353

Women Writers

 

ENGL/GSWS 354

Queer Literature

 

GSWS 392

Women's Health Care Across the Life Span

 

WRLD 220

Human Rights and Literature

 

Core III: Psych-social dimensions of healing and caregiving

 

Select one of the following:

3

HCMG 300

Health Care Organization and Services

 

PSYC 304

Life Span Developmental Psychology

 

PSYC 308

Stress and its Management

 

PSYC 412

Health Psychology

 

SOCY/GSWS 333

Gender in Society

 

SOCY 445

Medical Sociology

 

Total Hours

18

 

To see the medical humanities courses being offered during upcoming academic term, please click here <Fall 2017 Medical Humanities courses>.

Medical Humanities Minor students who take a substitute course (i.e., a course approved for credit, which is not a regular medical humanities course), please fill out a course substitution form, which can be found here:  Medical Humanities Minor: Course Substitution Form

Students who are interested in adding the Medical Humanities Minor, may find a “Change of Concentration/ Major Form” here.  Please remember that students who add the Medical Humanities Minor are required to meet with Dr. Rader or Dr. Powers in person for advising within 60 days of adding the minor.

For more information or to set up an advising meeting, please contact Dr. Karen Rader (karader@vcu.edu) or Dr. John Powers (jcpowers@vcu.edu).