The Philosophy and Medicine Concentration offers students one way of selecting classes that maximize the benefits of studying philosophy as a preparation for further study of medicine. Philosophy can help those in the medical professions to consider questions about personhood, the relationship of knowledge to action, and moral responsibility. Studying philosophy provides an excellent preparation for the problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical writing essential for the medical professions in general and for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in particular. The rigors of studying philosophy will also prepare students for the rigors of medical school.
We encourage you to consider a Philosophy major with a concentration in Medicine. Please contact Chair of the Department Todd Buras or Undergraduate Program Director Thomas Ward if you have any questions about the concentration. The requirements for the concentration are summarized below or available in detail in the undergraduate catalogue.
Courses marked by † are recommended for pre-health concentration.