FAQ's

A. Need to Know

1. What does Medical Humanities mean?
Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field that has been described as the best of a liberal arts education with a medical focus. Disciplines such as history, literature, philosophy, religion, economics and the social sciences complement the basic sciences in a way that builds a bridge between the art and science of medicine. For a better idea of what we mean by Medical Humanities, please take a look at our course listings.

2. What can I do with a degree in Medical Humanities?
This program focuses on preparing students wanting to enter the healthcare field. Many pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-physician assistant, and pre-nursing students pursue careers in health care fields, like pharmacy, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Students also hold careers in health education, public education, community health, and healthcare administration.

3. Do I have to be a Medical Humanities major to take Medical Humanities courses?
No! We welcome any student who is interested in the courses offered by our program. Keep in mind that because of the popularity of our program and the large number of students majoring in Medical Humanities, priority for registration must be given to majors. But many of our courses overlap with other departments and majors. Also, bear in mind that our program sponsors many events and opportunities other than classes--such as the Medical Humanities Retreat--to which you are most welcome!

4. Don't I have to major in Biology or Chemistry to get into medical school?
No! Your undergraduate degree is the foundation for your education, not the finished product. Medical schools wants applicants with a well-rounded education, and in fact encourage students from all disciplines and degrees, as long as you meet the prerequisites for admission and do well on the MCAT! What's more, the MCAT has recently been redesigned and now includes less emphasis on basic sciences and rote memorization and more background in critical thinking and behavioral and social sciences--areas in which our medical humanities majors should be well prepared!

5. Is majoring in Medical Humanities an easier way to get into medical school?
No! THERE IS NO EASY WAY TO GET INTO MED SCHOOL! It is a mistake to think that a major in Medical Humanities is 'easy' or easier than a degree in one of the basic sciences such as Biology or Chemistry. Our courses are challenging. They may involve less rote memorization, but they all involve significant amounts of reading and writing, class discussions, collaboration, and oral presentations. In addition, you must do exceptionally well in your basic science courses and achieve high MCAT scores to have a competitive application to medical school.

6. Can I get a minor in Medical Humanities?
Unfortunately, at this time, because of the popularity of our program, we are unable to offer a minor. However, you may be able to register for classes that interest you, depending on availability. Keep in mind that we have many opportunities throughout the semester to meet and mingle with our faculty, and to attend special events and programs, such as the Medical Humanities Retreat.

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B. Medical Humanities Opportunities

1. What is the DeBakey Scholarship?
The Michael E. DeBakey, Selma DeBakey and Lois DeBakey Endowed Scholarship Fund is awarded to deserving junior and senior Medical Humanities students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. To qualify, students must maintain at least a 3.7 science and overall GPA.

2. How does your program fit in with the Honors College?
The Honors College has several offerings, including the Honors Program, University Scholars and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. We have many Honors students among our Medical Humanities majors, we often have University Scholars in our classes and we very much enjoy working alongside our colleagues in the Honors College. The Honors Program supplements degree requirements for any major, and is meant to enrich a student’s academic experience with advanced sections of courses and the completion of a thesis, among other requirements. Please refer to the Honors Program's website for more information.

3. Can I fit all my pre-health courses with a Medical Humanities degree?
Yes. With careful planning and effective advisement, our students’ schedules can comfortably accommodate both the requirements for their major and their requisite science and math coursework required for Pre-Health. Most of our students enjoy having a balance of basic science and humanities each semester.

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C. Learn More

1. Where is your office?
Our office is located in the Baylor Science Building (BSB) between the Facilities Office and the Pre-Health Office. We are in BSB D108. Find the hallway to the right of the Starbuck's in the Atrium. Walk down this hall and take your first RIGHT. The first office on your LEFT will be the Medical Humanities Office. For further information please email us at: medicalhumanities@baylor.edu

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