Medical and Health Humanities BA Degree

General Requirements

Incoming first-year students seeking admission to the university as Medical and Health Humanities majors must meet the general and specific admissions requirements of the university as stated in this catalog. When the student does not fully meet those requirements, a personal interview is required. Continuation as a Medical and Health Humanities major requires that the student maintain a minimum 2.0 or “C” average, both in the major and in the overall grade point.

After transfer credits are applied, transfer students must complete all of the remaining Medical and Health Humanities requirement as listed in this catalog.

Recommendations

Students in the Medical and Health Humanities major must complete the following requirements; the total number of credits, including University Core Curriculum Requirements and Electives, required for graduation with the Medical and Health Humanities major is 122:

Introductory Level: English majors will be required to take 9 credits (3 courses) at the introductory level. Six (6) of these 9 credits will be completed as part of each major’s fulfilling the University’s Core Curriculum; English majors should take University Writing Seminar in a discipline other than English:

Required core class:

  • BIO 211: Anatomy and Physiology I

Required courses (25 credits)

  • MHH 201: Introduction to Medical and Health Humanities
  • BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PHL 310: Medical Ethics
  • ENG 305: Literature and Medicine
  • MHH 350: Fieldwork
  • MHH 301: Narrative Medicine
  • HIS 342: History of Medicine and Health OR PHL 315: Philosophy of Medicine
  • MHH 401: Senior Seminar OR MHH 450: Senior Thesis

Note: Students will be required to complete MHH 201: Introduction to Medical and Health Humanities before taking any of the other MHH-designated courses; students will be advised to complete MHH 201: Introduction to Medical and Health Humanities before taking (or concurrent with) ENG 305: Literature and Medicine, HIS 342: History of Medicine and Health, PHL 310: Medical Ethics, and PHL 315: Philosophy of Medicine.

Four Electives (12 credits)

  • ENG 225: Disability in Literature
  • FA 213: Themes in Medical Humanities
  • FA 361: Music and the Mind
  • FA 374: Anatomical Drawing
  • PSY 277/GER 277: Adult Development and Aging
  • HIS 165: The History of Human Rights
  • HP 220: American Sign Language
  • MHH 385: Special Topics in Medical and Health Humanities (may be taken a maximum of 2 times)
  • MHH 480: Independent Study
  • PHL 202: Environmental Philosophy
  • PHL 210: Philosophy of Person
  • PSY 310: Gender Studies
  • RLS 117: Christian Health Care Ethics
  • RLS 215: Death and Dying
  • ADC 340A/SWK 340A: Chemical Addictions and Dependency
  • SWK 320: Trauma and Resiliency

Students may count the following courses as electives if they are not taken as a required course and with the program director’s approval:

  • HIS 342: History of Medicine and Health
  • PHL 315: Philosophy of Medicine
  • MHH 450: Senior Thesis

Additional electives may be counted toward the degree requirements; please consult with the program director to verify if a course counts toward the major. Electives for the Medical and Health Humanities major may not count toward core curriculum requirements.

In unusual situations, the Medical and Health Humanities program director may approve changes in specific course requirements. Final approval for transfer credits in Medical and Health Humanities or approval of off-campus courses in Medical and Health Humanities rests with the program director.

Medical and Health Humanities BA Degree

Sequence of Required Courses (all courses three credits, unless otherwise noted)

First Year

First Semester (Total Credits 15)

ENG/HIS/RLS University Writing Seminar

ENG/HIS/RLS core

ENG/HIS/RLS core

PHL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

MTH Bank A

Second Semester (Total Credits 15)

ENG/HIS/RLS core

ENG/HIS/RLS core

ENG/HIS/RLS core

PHL core

MTH Bank B

Second Year

First Semester (Total Credits 16)

SOC/PSY/BUS core

FA core

BIO 211: Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)

MHH 201: Intro to Medical & Health Humanities

Free elective

Second Semester (Total Credits 16)

FA core

MHH elective

BIO 212: Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)

PHL 310: Medical Ethics

Free elective

Third Year

First Semester (Total Credits 15-16)

SCI core (3-4 credits)

HIS 342: History of Medicine & Health OR PHL 315: Philosophy of Medicine

MHH elective

Free elective

Free elective

Second Semester (Total Credits 15)

ENG 305: Literature and Medicine

MHH 350: Fieldwork

MHH 301: Medical Narrative

Free elective

Free elective

Fourth Year

First Semester (Total Credits 15)

MHH 401:Senior Seminar OR MHH 450: Senior Thesis

MHH elective

Free elective

Free elective

Free elective

Second Semester (Total Credits 15)

SOC/PSY/BUS core

MHH elective

Free elective

Free elective

Free elective