Humanities, Health and Medicine Minor

Advisor: Andrew Schonebaum, Ph.D.

The ARHU minor in Humanities, Health, and Medicine engages students in an interdisciplinary curriculum that applies the methods, perspectives, and insights of the arts and humanities to health and medical education as well as practice. Through an exploration of human health and medicine using the inter-disciplinary questions and research methods of literary and cultural studies, as well as the arts, philosophy, communication, and history, the minor aims to develop and nurture skills such as empathy, ethical understanding, socio-cultural analysis, self-reflection, and an appreciation of diversity and inclusion that are essential for humane and effective medical care as well as sound health policy. This minor is open to all Undergraduate students on campus, regardless of major.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students aspiring to enter the health or medical professions will be able to demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the diverse historical, cultural, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of medicine, human health, disease, and death.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate a critical, interdisciplinary, empathetic, and holistic understanding of the issues and challenges faced by medical and health professionals.
  3. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate complex texts relating to the social and cultural aspects of medicine through close reading and critical interpretation of arguments, metaphors, and images.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of "real world" professional application, research, and communication in the health and medical fields, including the research of resources particular to the health professions.
Course Title Credits
Required Core Course
ARHU230Introduction to Humanities, Health, and Medicine3
Take one course in three of the following five core areas 19
Arts and Literature of Health, Medicine, Disease, and Death
Philosophical, Ethical, Religious, or Spiritual Perspectives on Health, Medicine, Disease, and Death
Health Communication
Historical Perspectives on Health, Medicine, Disease, and Death
Cultural, Mental, Gender, or Social Dimensions on Health, Medicine, Disease, and Death
ENGL395Writing for Health Professions3
or ENGL390 Science Writing
One Elective 23
Co-requirements: at least one of the above courses must have a Gen Ed diversity (UPS or CC) designation
Total Credits18
1

At least six of the nine credits must be taken at the 300- or 400-level.

2

Preferably a relevant internship experience or any course selected from the list of courses approved for the minor.

Area 1: Arts and Literature of Health, Medicine, Disease, and Death

Course Title Credits
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology (ARTH389A: The Art of Drawing: A Left and Right Brain Experience)
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology (ARTH389B: The Art of Color: A Left and Right Brain Experience)
Two-Dimensional Design Fundamentals
Elements of Drawing I
Directed Studies in Dance (DANC398Y: Yoga, Improvisation and Embodied Metaphors: Investigating Philosophy through Movement)
Literature of Science and Technology
Reading and Writing Disability
KNES289W

Area 2: Philosophical, Ethical, Religious, or Spiritual Perspectives on Health, Medicine, Disease, and Death

Course Title Credits
Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Introduction to Forensic Sciences
Anthropology of Global Health
Method & Theory in Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Global Migration and Health
Health Disparities in the United States
Advanced Studies in Global Health
Why Good Managers Make Bad Decisions
Cultural Histories of Medicine in China
Directed Studies in Dance (DANC398Y: Yoga, Improvisation and Embodied Metaphors: Investigating Philosophy through Movement)
Families and Global Health
Modern Families
Man Up! Where Are The Fathers?
Maternal, Child and Family Health
Family Inequality
Health and Human Services Delivery and Evaluation
Violence in Families
Special Topics in History (HIST329B: Drugs in the Modern World: From Opium Wars to the War on Drugs)
Science and Gender
History of Technology
Poor in America: Health and Wellbeing
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health
Multicultural Population Health
Women's Health
KNES289W
Contemporary Moral Issues
Know Thyself: Wisdom Through Cognitive Science
The Rights and Wrongs of Killing People
Philosophical Issues (PHIL209A: Bioethics: Regulating Right and Wrong)
Philosophical Issues (PHIL209J: The Rights and Wrongs of Killing People)
Philosophical Issues (PHIL209N: Know Thyself: Wisdom Through Cognitive Science)
Bioethics: Regulating Right and Wrong
Philosophy of Science I
Philosophy of Biology I
Philosophy of the Environment
Ethical Theory
Philosophy of Race
Philosophy of Physics
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science II
PHIL456
PSYC301
Community Interventions: Domestic Violence I (PSYC318D: Domestic Violence)
Advanced Psychology II (Honors) (PSYC498L: Death, Dying and Grieving)
Gender and Health
Sociology of Health and Illness
Family Demography
Sociology of Aging
WMST/HLTH471
WMST488
(WMST488B: Health Inequality and Social Determinants)

Area 3: Health Communication

Course Title Credits
Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Anthropology of Global Health
Plagues, Pathogens and Public Policy
Hypermarginality and Urban Health
Why Good Managers Make Bad Decisions
Communication and Gender
Essentials of Intercultural Communication
Selected Topics in Communication (COMM398E: Health Communication)
Communication in Complex Organizations
Crisis Communication
Listening
Fundamentals of Sign Language
Communicating with Sign Language
Introduction to Professional Writing
Science Writing
Technical Writing
Writing for Health Professions
Family Crises, Emergencies and Interventions
Critical Writing on France and the French-Speaking World
Personal and Community Health
Introduction to Health Behavior
Global Health Messages: Understanding Exposure & Impact
Controlling Stress and Tension
Poor in America: Health and Wellbeing
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health
Multicultural Population Health
Science of Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health
Contemporary Issues in Political Leadership and Participation (PLCY359M: Leadership in the Information Age)
Multicultural Psychology in the U.S.
Advanced Psychology II (Honors) (PSYC498L: Death, Dying and Grieving)
Gender and Health
Family Demography
Sociology of Aging
Spanish for the Health Professions
WMST471

Area 4: Historical Perspectives on Health, Medicine, Disease, and Death

Course Title Credits
Anthropology of Global Health
Plagues, Pathogens and Public Policy
Health Disparities in the United States
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology (ARTH389E: Intersections between Science and Visual Culture in the Early Modern World)
Cultural Histories of Medicine in China
Modern Families
Violence in Families
Studies in 18th Century French Literature and Culture
Introduction to the History of Science
History of Sexuality in America
Zombies, Fear, and Contagion: A Cultural History of Public Health, Medicine, and Technology
Science and Gender
History of Modern Biology
History of Technology
Special Topics in Persian Studies (PERS498M: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamic World)
Philosophy of Science I
Introduction to Psychology
PSYC206
WMST298D
WMST488
(WMST488B: Health Inequality and Social Determinants)

Area 5: Cultural, Mental, Gender, or Social Dimensions on Health, Medicine, Disease, and Death

Course Title Credits
Science, Technology, and the Black Community
American Culture in the Information Age
Perspectives on Identity and Culture (AMST328L: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies)
Special Topics in American Studies (AMST498Q: Asian American Psychology)
Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Sexuality and Culture
Anthropology of Global Health
Hypermarginality and Urban Health
Health Disparities in the United States
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology (ARTH389E: Intersections Between Science and Visual Culture in the Early Modern World)
Directed Studies in Dance (DANC398Y: Yoga, Improvisation and Embodied Metaphors: Investigating Philosophy through Movement)
Human Development Through the Life Span
Social Development
Child Growth and Development
Adolescent Development
Adult Development
Fundamentals of Sign Language
Communicating with Sign Language
Literature of Science and Technology
Reading and Writing Disability
Special Topics in English (ENGL378K: Narrating Madness)
Families and Global Health
Modern Families
Man Up! Where Are The Fathers?
Couples, Marriage, and Families: Intimate Relationship Across the Life Course
Children in Families
Family Crises, Emergencies and Interventions
Adult Development and Aging in Families
History of Sexuality in America
Zombies, Fear, and Contagion: A Cultural History of Public Health, Medicine, and Technology
History of Technology
Personal and Community Health
Controlling Stress and Tension
Poor in America: Health and Wellbeing
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health
Multicultural Population Health
Women's Health
The Atomic Bomb in Literature and Memory
Science of Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health
KNES289W
Special Topics in Persian Studies (PERS498M: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamic World)
Happiness
Political and Social Philosophy I
Philosophy of Race
Introduction to Psychology
Science of Sleep and Biological Rhythms
PSYC301
Community Interventions: Domestic Violence I (PSYC318D: Domestic Violence)
Multicultural Psychology in the U.S.
Science of Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Cognitive Development
Gender and Health
Sociology of Health and Illness
Family Demography
Sociology of Aging
WMST298D
WMST471
WMST488
(WMST488B: Health Inequality and Social Determinants)