Degree Plan

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."

For pre-medical prerequistes that must be completeled in conjunction with the Medical Humanities major to apply to medical school please refer to the Pre-Health Suggested Course Sequencing

Pre-Major in Medical Humanities (B.A. Degree)

Students interested in Medical Humanities as a major will choose the Pre-Major in Medical Humanities designation upon enrollment at Baylor. To declare a major in Medical Humanities (B.A. Degree), a student must:

  • A. Students must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours, at least 15 of which are completed at Baylor.
  • B. Earn at least 3.0 cumulative Baylor GPA.
  • C. Students must qualify for admission to the major before completing 60 hours (75 hours for transfer students).
  • After 45 hours, students who have declared a Pre-Major in Medical Humanities major will be notified via e-mail if they qualified to declare Medical Humanities as a major. For those who do not qualify, the University Advisement Office will be notified and be invited to meet with a Medical Humanities faculty member to discuss their career goals and possible options for other majors at Baylor.

    B.A. in Medical Humanities

    B.A. Requirements Checklist

    Requirements for a Major in Medical Humanities (degree requirement changes effective 08/2018)

    See [Course Listings] for course descriptions.

    Thirty-three (33) semester hours including the following:

    A. Medical Humanities Core Courses (9 semester hours):

  • 1. MH 1331 (Introduction to Medical Humanities)
  • 2. PHI 1309 (Introduction to Medical Ethics)
  • 3. MH 2301 (Christian Spirituality and Health Care)
  • B. Medical Humanities Distribution Courses (3 semester hours from each of the following distribution lists):

  • 1. Philosophy—3 hours selected from: PHI 3301, PHI 4310, PHI 4363
  • 2. Religion & Spirituality—3 semester hours selected from: REL 3345, REL 3390, REL 4395, ANT 4360
  • 3. Literature & the Arts—3 semester hours selected from: MH 4325, MH 3300, ART/CLA 3361, GTX 3343, GTX 4341
  • 4. Historical Perspectives—3 semester hours selected from: MH 4300; CLA 4300
  • 5. Behavioral Health—3 semester hours selected from: PSY 3321, PSY 3341, PSY 3355, PSY 3399, NSC/PSY 4312, PSY 4355, EDP 3326, EDP 3361, SWO 4395, SWO 4316
  • 6. Social Sciences & Health—3 semester hours selected from: MH 4372, MH 4396, ANT 1325, ANT 4325, ANT 4330, ECO 4350, ENV 3314, ENV 4325, SOC 3372, SOC 4353
  • C. Six semester hours selected from additional courses from the distribution lists above and from these additional choices:

    MH 4351, MH 4V98, PUBH 2330, PUBH 3314, PUBH 3325, PUBH 4321, PUBH 4340, PUBH 4341, PHP 1103, PHP 1105, PHP 1106, PHP 2101, PHP 2102; SPA 2321, SPA 4321; CFS 3324, CFS 4368; CLA 3381.

    Requirements for a Minor in Medical Humanities

    See [Course Listings] for course descriptions.

    Twenty-one (21) semester hours including the following:

    A. Medical Humanities Core Courses (9 semester hours):

  • 1. MH 1331 (Introduction to Medical Humanities)
  • 2. PHI 1309 (Introduction to Medical Ethics)
  • 3. MH 2301 (Christian Spirituality and Health Care)
  • B. Medical Humanities Distribution Courses (3 semester hours from each of the following distribution lists):

  • 1. Literature & the Arts—3 semester hours selected from: MH 4325, MH 3300, ART/CLA 3361, GTX 3343, GTX 4341
  • 2. Historical Perspectives—3 semester hours selected from: MH 4300; CLA 4300
  • 3. Behavioral Health—3 semester hours selected from: PSY 3321, PSY 3341, PSY 3355, PSY 3399, NSC/PSY 4312, PSY 4355, EDP 3326, EDP 3361, SWO 4395, SWO 4316
  • 4. Social Sciences & Health—3 semester hours selected from: MH 4372, MH 4396, ANT 1325, ANT 4325, ANT 4330, ECO 4350, ENV 3314, ENV 4325, SOC 3372, SOC 4353