Medical Humanities (Minor)

Saint Louis University’s minor in medical humanities promotes an ethical approach to health care based on an understanding of differing interpretations of illness and suffering.

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Minor in Medical Humanities

The minor requires 15 hours of coursework and is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Highlighted Courses

Required courses:

  • ENGL 3730: Introduction to Medical Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 3740 or other approved Literature Course (3 credit hours)
  • PHIL 3360: Medical Ethics (3 credit hours). Physical therapy and nursing students can substitute IPE 4200: Applied Decision-Making.

You will choose two courses from two of the following departments:

  • THEO 3520, THEO 3560, or THEO 3600
  • HIST 3350, HIST 4910,or  HIST 4900
  • PHIL 3360

Additionally, you will need to choose two of the following courses as electives:

  • ENGL 3491: Public Health and the Victorian Home

  • ENGL 4530: Medicine, Mind, and Victorian Fiction 

  • ENGL 4531: Mental Illness in Victorian Literature

  • HCE 3010: Ethical Issues in Clinical Medicine

  • HCE 3200: Freaks and the Medical Body

  • HCE 3210: Superheroes and Social Justice

  • HCE 4110: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Health

  • HCE 4200: Warriors and Medics

  • HCE 4230: Consensus and Controversy in Research Ethics

  • HCE 4240: Ethics and Geriatric Care

  • HCE 4250: Law and Bioethics

  • HR 1900.11: Appetites: Eating Disorders and Addictions

  • HIST 3350: Plagues and Peoples

  • HIST 4900: Studies in Renaissance Medicine

  • HIST 4910: Health and Social Policy in Africa

  • IPE 4200: Applied Decision-Making

  • MUS 2300: Introduction to Music Therapy

  • THEO 3520: Theology of Suffering and Death

  • THEO 3560: Religion and Science

  • THEO 3600 Christian Morality: Health Care

You will be required to complete a research paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor as part of your capstone project. You will present your project at a public forum on campus during the spring semester.

Internships and Careers

A minor in medical humanities  is especially appropriate for students who plan to seek careers in medicine, medical law, health care or social service. Students interested in fields such as patient advocacy, research and applications of narrative medicine, historical and cultural studies of medicine, medical ethics, and art, music, or narrative therapies may also be interested in the minor.

Faculty
  • Anne Stiles, Ph.D., Director
  • Sara van den Berg, Ph.D.
  • Dan Bustillos, Ph.D.
  • James DuBois, Ph.D.
  • Philip Gavitt, Ph.D.
  • Charles Parker, Ph.D.  
  • George Ndege, Ph.D.
  • Deborah Hwa-Froelich, Ph.D.  
  • Jennifer Ohs, Ph.D.
  • Edwin Lisson, S.J.
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