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Health and Humanities Program Requirements

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.

Health and Humanities Minor

The health and humanities interdisciplinary minor consists of six courses and a seminar (19 credits) focused in four broad areas: bioethics, skills and methodologies, cultural foundations, and human differences.

An introductory course in bioethics provides students with the major principles that connect issues of health and healing to the humanities and social sciences. The theme areas enlist courses chosen from different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

As a capstone course, minors must take one upper-division course with an experiential component (i.e., fieldwork or independent research). This course may be taken in the student’s major (e.g., PSYC 490 Fieldwork or PSYC 496 Independent Readings/Research) and must be three credits. This course must also be combined with a one-credit health and humanities capstone seminar (facilitated by a member of the health and humanities advisory team) that features a written project integrating their internship/fieldwork or research with the principles and skills acquired in the health and humanities minor.


  • Choose one (3 credits):
    • PHIL 250C - P2 Bioethics
    • REST 387D - P2 Medical Ethics and Society
  • Four courses from three theme areas as follows*
    • Two courses from Skills and Methodologies (6 credits)
    • One course from Cultural Foundations of Medicine and Health (3 credits)
    • One course from Human Differences (3 credits)
  • One experiential course from student’s major (3 credits)
  • HHUM 400 - Capstone Seminar (1 credit)

Total: 19 credits

*Minors must choose at least two humanities-based courses (bold-faced in the lists below) from the theme areas. Students must fulfill all prerequisites where appropriate.

Note: No more than two courses used to satisfy the student's major requirements may also be applied to the health and humanities minor. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Theme Areas

Of the four courses selected from the theme areas below, two must be humanities-based. The humanities courses are listed in bold-faced type.

Skills and Methodologies

At least two courses addressing analytical methodologies selected from the skills and methodologies theme area:

  • ECON 221 - SQ Statistics I
  • ENGL 200C - Literary Analysis
  • MATH 260 - Applied Mathematical Statistics
  • MATH 130C - SQ Mathematical Modeling and Quantitative Analysis
  • PHIL 100C - SQ Basic Logic
  • PHIL 324C - SQ Philosophy of Science
  • PSYC 200 - Research Methods and Writing in Psychology
  • PSYC 201 - Basic Statistics
  • PSYC 205C - SQ Statistical Reasoning
  • SOCI 280C - Social Research Methods

Cultural Foundations of Medicine and Science

At least one course selected from the Cultural Foundations of Medicine and Science theme area.

  • ANTH 241D - P3 Medical Anthropology
  • ECON 224 - The Economics of Health Care
  • ENGL 210 - P1 Literature and Healing
  • PSYC 255 - Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
  • REST 325 - P5 Spirituality and Health
  • SOCI 226 - Sociology of Health and Healing

Human Differences

At least one course selected from the Human Differences theme area:

  • ANTH 201D - P4 The Human Animal
  • ECON 110P - CC Gender and Race in the American Workplace
  • HIST 237D - P1 The Female Body: A Problem to Grow Into
  • PSYC 211 - P3 Society and Mental Illness
  • PSYC 350 - Childhood Behavior Disorders
  • SOCI 217D - Latino Health Care Issues
  • SOCI 322 - Sociology of Aging & Life Cycle

Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.