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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.

Minor in Health and Humanities

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. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.


The number of credits for each course is designated in parentheses after the course title.

Ethics Course - 3 credits

Choose ONE of the following:

  • PHIL 250C - P2 Bioethics (3)
  • REST 387D - P2 Medical Ethics and Society (3)

Theme Area Courses - 12 credits

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

Skills and Methodologies

Choose TWO of the following:

  • ECON 221 - SQ Statistics I (3)
  • ENGL 200C - Literary Analysis (3)
  • MATH 260 - Applied Mathematical Statistics (3)
  • MATH 130C - SQ Mathematical Modeling and Quantitative Analysis (3)
  • PHIL 100C - SQ Basic Logic (3)
  • PHIL 324C - SQ Philosophy of Science (3)
  • PSYC 200 - Research Methods and Writing in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 201 - Basic Statistics (3)
  • PSYC 205C - SQ Statistical Reasoning (3)
  • SOCI 280C - Social Research Methods (3)
Cultural Foundations of Medicine and Health

Choose ONE of the following:

  • ANTH 241D - P3 Medical Anthropology (3)
  • ECON 224 - The Economics of Health Care (3)
  • ENGL 210 - P1 Literature and Healing (3)
  • PSYC 255 - Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (3)
  • REST 325 - P5 Spirituality and Health (3)
  • SOCI 226 - Sociology of Health and Healing (3)
Human Differences

Choose ONE of the following:

  • ANTH 201D - P4 The Human Animal (3)
  • ECON 110P - CC Gender and Race in the American Workplace (3)
  • HIST 237D - P1 The Female Body: A Problem to Grow Into (3)
  • PSYC 211 - P3 Society and Mental Illness (3)
  • PSYC 350 - Childhood Behavior Disorders (3)
  • SOCI 217D - Latino Health Care Issues (3)
  • SOCI 322 - Sociology of Aging & Life Cycle (3)

Experiential Capstone Course - 3 credits

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.

Capstone Seminar - 1 credit

The one-credit health and humanities capstone seminar (facilitated by a member of the health and humanities advisory team) features a written project integrating a student's internship/fieldwork or research with the principles and skills acquired in the health and humanities minor.

Total: 19 credits

Note: No more than two courses used to satisfy the student's major requirements may also be applied to the health and humanities minor.

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