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Medical Humanities Minor

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.

Medical Humanities Minor Requirements
(15 credits)

Students must complete 15 credits from the following courses, 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level:

HUMN 2200 - Introduction to Medical Humanities (3 credits)

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the relationship between medicine, medical practice, and two or more disciplines within the humanities: the arts, philosophy, history, literature, and cultural studies. Students will assume an active role in discussions, presentations, and other aspects of the course. 

HUMN 4100 - Death and Dying (3 credits)

A multidisciplinary examination of significant topics related to the process of dying and death, such as changing western attitudes toward death, problems and solutions that may arise for those experiencing the dying process (including the dying, family, and friends), the grieving process, and non-western approaches to death and dying. Prerequisites: one ARTS, HIST, HUMN, FILM, LITR, PHIL, or THEA course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

LITR 3500 - Literature and Medicine (3 credits)

This course explores the relationship between literary and historical texts and medical practice. Using critical perspectives from the humanities, the course examines such topics as the medical practitioner's role, medical themes in literature, and pathographies. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or LITR 2010H or LITR 2011H or LITR 2020H or LITR 2021H or LITR 2030H or LITR 2031H.

PHIL 3180 - Biomedical Ethics (3 credits) OR PHIL 3180H - Biomedical Ethics Honors (3 credits)

PHIL 3180 - Biomedical Ethics (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to moral reasoning through a philosophical examination of major problems in biomedical ethics, such as abortion, euthanasia, allocation of resources, medical experimentation, genetic engineering, confidentiality, among others. Students will be introduced to the idea that ethical problems are largely a matter of reason; that progress toward solutions can be gained through an application of normative ethical (philosophical) theory. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

PHIL 3180H - Biomedical Ethics Honors (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to moral reasoning through a philosophical examination of major problems in biomedical ethics, such as abortion, euthanasia, allocation of resources, medical experimentation, genetic engineering, confidentiality, among others. Students will be introduced to the idea that ethical problems are largely a matter of reason, that progress toward solutions can be gained through an application of normative ethical (philosophical) theory. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

PHIL 3220 Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

A study of the conceptual foundations of modern science. The course focuses on the philosophical analysis of scientific method and its basic concepts and assumptions. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

PSYC 2470 Loss, Grief, and Bereavement (3 credits)

This course addresses the issues of loss accompanying the death of a loved one and the handling of grief for people of all ages. Sensitizes students to their own feelings about death, describes the rites of passage, and identifies methods of resolution for grief. This course will be beneficial to individuals in their own lives, as well as those who will be involved in counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or 1020H. 

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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