Medical Humanities Major

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The Medical Humanities Major is intended primarily for undergraduate students entering health care professions. This major is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary humanities curriculum that fosters faith and spiritual formation; an understanding of the complexity of health and healing; and respect for the cultural and pluralistic diversity in the University, society at large, and the healing arts. In its purpose the Medical Humanities maintains a strong commitment to the Christian heritage and reflects Baylor University's Pro Futuris vision, recognizing our unique place "at the crossroads of faith and academic excellence."

B.A. in Medical Humanities

B.A. Requirements Checklist
Pre-Health Suggested Course Sequencing

I. Core Courses - 15 credit hours (may also be used as electives)

  • MH 1106 Introduction to Health Professions (cross listed with PHP 1106)
  • MH 2101 Foundation of Medical Research (cross listed with PHP 2101)
  • MH 1303 Freshman Academic Seminar: Medicine, Meaning and the Patient-Physician Relationship (cross listed with FAS 1303)
  • MH 1307 Critical Thinking (cross listed with PHI 1307)
  • MH 1309 Introduction to Medical Ethics (cross listed with PHI 1309)
  • MH 2301 Christian Spirituality and Health Care
  • MH 3300 Visual Arts and Healing
  • MH 3341 A Survey of Human Development (cross listed with PSY 3341)
  • MH 3345 World Religions (cross listed with REL 3345)
  • MH 4300 History of Medicine (cross listed with HIS and PHI 4300)
  • MH 4312 Behavioral Medicine (cross listed with NSC and PSY 4312)
  • MH 4325 Literary and Philosophical Perspectives in Medicine (cross listed with ENG and PHI 4325)
  • MH 4350 Economics of Health and Medical Care (cross listed with MH 4350)
  • MH 4351 Supervised Clinical Medicine
  • MH 4353 Sociology of Medicine (cross listed with SOC 4353)
  • MH 4363 Philosophy and Medicine (cross listed with PHI 4363)
  • MH 4372 End of Life Care and Bereavement
  • MH 4395 Bioethics (cross-listed with REL 4395)
  • MH 4v98 Advance Topics

II. Electives - 15 credit hours  (but no more than 6 hours in each category)

  • Anthropology: ANT 4325 Medical Anthropology, ANT 4330 Epidemiology
  • Biology: BIO 4370 Biological Principles and Clinical Decision-Making
  • Economics ECO 4350 Economics of Health and Medical Care (cross-listed with MH 4350)
  • English: ENG 4325 Literary and Philosophical Perspectives on Medicine (cross listed with MH and PHI 4325)
  • Health Education: HED 2330 Introduction to Community Health and Health Promotion, HED 3314 Environmental Health, HED 4321 Human Sexuality, HED 4327 Death and Dying Education, HED 4340 International Health, HED 4341 Cross-Cultural Health Communication, HED 4355 Human Diseases
  • History: HIS 4300 History of Medicine (cross listed with PHI and MH 4300)
  • Philosophy: PHI 1307 Critical Thinking (cross listed with MH 1307), PHI 1309 Introduction to Medical Ethics (cross listed with MH 1309), PHI 3301 Moral Philosophy, PHI 4300 History of Medicine (cross-listed with HIS and MH 4300), PHI 4310 Philosophy of Science, PHI 4325 Literary and Philosophical Perspectives on Medicine (cross listed with ENG and MH 4325), PHI 4363 Philosophy and Medicine (cross-listed with with MH 4363), PHI 4360 Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Political Science: PSC 3322 American Public Policy
  • Psychology/Neuroscience: PSY 3341 A Survey of Human Development (cross listed with MH 3341), NSC 4312 Behavioral Medicine (cross listed with MH and PSY 4312), PSY 3321 Abnormal Psychology (non-PSY majors only), PSY 4312 Behavioral Medicine (cross listed with MH and NSC 4312), PSY 4333 Phenomenological/Existential Psychology (taught only on demand)
  • Religion: REL 3345 World Religions (cross-listed with MH 3345), REL 3390 Christian Ethics, REL 4395 Bioethics (cross-listed with MH 4395)
  • Sociology: SOC 2310 Introduction to Gender Studies, SOC 3330 Women in American Society, SOC 4310 Death and Dying (cross-listed with MH 4310), SOC 4353 Sociology of Medicine

For a minor in Medical Humanities, students must meet the following requirements

  1. A minimum of 18 hours in Medical Humanities courses with 9 hours from core and 9 hours from electives. 
  2. Residence--minimum of 12 hours, 9 hours advanced
  3. Advanced work--minimum 9 hours
  4. No more than 3 hours from the student's major may be applied to the Medical Humanities Minor
  5. Grade point average--a minimum of "C" (2.00/4.00) in all courses in the minor