Medical Humanities

Interdisciplinary Minor

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Are you interested in medicine or healthcare? Maybe pandemics and epidemics have captured your attention. Or perhaps the politics of reproduction are what intrigue you.

Whatever your interest, you should consider the medical humanities minor at the College of Charleston. It’s the study of the human factors affecting healthcare and medical practices, and it’s a broad, comprehensive field.

Medical humanities incorporates elements of anthropology, psychology, history, literature, sociology more. It’s a way for us to understand how we experience anything related to health, illness and healthcare.

Take, for example, the idea that racial inequalities exist in the healthcare system. To fully understand this issue, you’ll have to consult history and learn how certain sectors of the U.S. population have been systematically marginalizes over time. And that will lead you to sources in sociology, politics and economics. Along the way, you’ll be reading about demographics and philosophy. Eventually, you’ll develop a comprehensive perspective on this topic –and that’s the function of medical humanities.

So, if you’re curious about the many dimensions of medicine, health and healthcare, and you want to go beyond the medical diagnostic model, consider the medical humanities minor. It can be a strong complement for studies across a broad range of academic disciplines.

About the Program

The medical humanities program at the College offers students a fresh approach to understanding medicine, health and healthcare. By its very definition, medical humanities is interdisciplinary. The courses offered in this minor range from anthropology to history, education, health, psychology, sociology and women’s and gender studies. And by design, the program is extremely flexible.

To complete the minor, students are required to take two specific courses (Introduction to Medical Humanities and a capstone course or internship). They must complete five additional courses that can be selected from a broad list of options. A sampling of those classes includes:

  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Aging and the Family

Contact InformationJacob 

Jacob Steere-Williams
program director