Program Requirements

Minor Requirements

The health and humanities interdisciplinary minor consists of six courses and a seminar (19 credits) focused in four broad areas:

  • Bioethics
  • Skills and Methodologies
  • Cultural Foundations
  • Human Differences

An introductory course in bioethics provides students with the major principles that connect issues of health and healing to the humanities and social sciences.

The theme areas enlist courses chosen from different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

As a capstone course, minors must take one upper-division course with an experiential component (i.e., fieldwork or independent research). This course may be taken in the student’s major (e.g., PSYC 490 Fieldwork or PSYC 496 Independent Readings/Research) and must be three credits. This course must also be combined with a one-credit health and humanities capstone seminar (facilitated by a member of the health and humanities advisory team) that features a written project integrating their internship/fieldwork or research with the principles and skills acquired in the health and humanities minor.

Required Courses for the Health and Humanities Minor

Choose one: PHIL 250C P2 Bioethics –OR– (3)
REST 387D P2 Medical Ethics and Society
Four courses from three theme areas as follows*
Two courses from Skills and Methodologies
One course from Cultural Foundations of Medicine and Health
One course from Human Differences
One experiential course from student’s major (3)
HHUM 400 Capstone Seminar (1)
Total   (19)

*Minors must choose at least two humanities-based courses (bold-faced in the lists below) from the theme areas. Students must fulfill all prerequisites where appropriate.

Note: No more than two courses used to satisfy the student's major requirements may also be applied to the health and humanities minor. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Theme Areas

Of the four courses selected from the theme areas below, two must be humanities-based. The humanities courses are listed in bold-faced type.

Skills and Methodologies

At least two courses addressing analytical methodologies selected from the list below:

ECON 221 SQ Statistics I
ENGL 200C Literary Analysis
MATH 260 Applied Mathematical Statistics
MATH 130C SQ Mathematical Modeling and Quantitative Analysis
PHIL 100C SQ Basic Logic
PHIL 324C SQ Philosophy of Science
PSYC 200 Research Methods and Writing in Psychology
PSYC 201 Basic Statistics
PSYC 205C SQ Statistical Reasoning
SOCI 280C Social Research Methods

Cultural Foundations of Medicine and Science

At least one course selected from the list below:

ANTH 241D P3 Medical Anthropology
ECON 224 The Economics of Health Care
ENGL 210 P1 Literature and Healing
PSYC 255 Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
REST 325 P5 Spirituality and Health
SOCI 226 Sociology of Health and Healing

Human Differences

At least one course selected from the list below:

ANTH 201D P4 The Human Animal
ECON 110P CC Gender and Race in the American Workplace
HIST 237D P1 The Female Body: A Problem to Grow Into
PSYC 211 P3 Society and Mental Illness
PSYC 350 Childhood Behavior Disorders
SOCI 217D Sociocultural Foundations of Latino Health Care
SOCI 322 Sociology of Aging & Life Cycle

Health and Humanities (Minor)

For More Information

Lisa Jadwin
Program Director
(585) 385-8192

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