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Health and Humanities
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Health and Humanities

Investigate how the humanities and arts provide insight into the human condition through Fisher’s health and humanities minor.

The program delves into the ways in which the humanities inform and reflect upon health-related matters such as suffering, personhood, and ethical responsibility. Interwoven into the curriculum is a historical perspective on medical practice through a humanities lens.

The minor is designed to complement virtually any major you choose. The program should be especially beneficial if you are aiming for a career in teaching, research, health care, the life sciences, law, or communications.

Program Overview

The health and humanities minor consists of courses focused in four broad theme areas:

  • Bioethics
  • Skills and methodologies
  • Cultural foundations
  • Human differences

Your bioethics requirement is met via an introductory course that provides the major principles connecting issues of health and healing to the humanities and social sciences.

In order to meet the rest of the program’s academic requirements, you will choose a total of four courses from among the three remaining focus areas. Two of your selections should fall under the skills and methodologies theme area; you are required to complete one class each from the remaining focus areas.

Your health and humanities minor concludes with a capstone course, which has a fieldwork or independent research component, and a complementary one-credit capstone seminar.