Medical Humanities Minor

Take a fresh approach to understanding medicine, health and healthcare.

The medical humanities offers a new approach to understanding medicine, health and healthcare. It provides you with tools to understand the human experience as it relates to health, healthcare and illness. 

For example, consider how racial inequalities exist in the healthcare system. By consulting history and other topics, you'll fully understand how systemic marginalization contributed to this issue. 

This minor is perfect if you're curious about the many dimensions of medicine, health and healthcare.

What will I learn?

By its very definition, medical humanities is interdisciplinary. In our program, you will learn how to pull knowledge and data from a range of disciplines to understand this issue. You will also examine sources in sociology, politics, economics, philosophy and literature. This comprehensive perspective is the function of medical humanities. 

The program is extremely flexible so you can pursue your goals and interests. You may study:

  • anthropology.
  • history.
  • education.
  • health.
  • psychology.
  • sociology.
  • special education.
  • women’s and gender studies.

View Curriculum: Medical Humanities Minor

Program Highlights

If you're interested in the human experience of health, illness and healthcare, you should consider adding the minor in medical humanities.
  • Hands-On Learning

    Attend lectures and local events. Take part in our internship program. Work with professionals ranging from Child Life experts to doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to charitable organizations invested in the health of individuals.

    Senior Capstone

    During your senior year, you may take a capstone course. This course is tailored to your individual interests. It is a valuable resource for meeting professionals in your intended field of study.

    Study Abroad 

    In the past, we have had students travel to London to study The Epidemic Streets: Disease in Modern Britain.

  • Location

    We are located in an ideal location to study medical humanities both on- and off-campus. The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Roper Hospital are less than ten minutes away. You will have unprecedented access to healthcare professionals. We also work closely with MUSC’s Waring Library for the History of Medicine, as well as the National Healthcare Disparities Conference.

  • Careers & Opportunities

    This minor is a logical choice for pre-med students, but it is a perfect complement for many other majors. We work closely with health professions to advise you. You will gain valuable insights and real-world experiences that integrate health with the humanities.

    Our students have found success in:

    • medicine.
    • physical therapy.
    • occupational therapy.
    • child Life.
    • special education.