Medical Humanities Major (B.A.)

Director: Jefferson Gatrall

The Medical Humanities major offers a broad and flexible curriculum, drawing on the humanities, social sciences, the arts, biomedical sciences, and the caregiving disciplines. Majors take core courses in Bioethics, Medical Anthropology, and Literature and Illness and fulfill further requirements through a choice of offerings in psychology, history, sociology, religious studies, child advocacy, and biology. Majors also pursue personal academic and career goals through coursework in 4 tracks of electives. In their final year, all Med Hum majors work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor to create a capstone experiential learning project, one that may involve placement in healthcare institutions or health­-related organizations in New Jersey and New York City.
The Medical Humanities major gives students a competitive edge in the healthcare industries, the fastest growing sector in the economy today. Med Hum majors acquire a knowledge base in diverse healthcare fields as well as the transferable job skills that employees value highly: writing, oral communication, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making. Med Hum graduates find employment opportunities in hospitals, insurance carriers, universities, pharmaceutical companies, nursing facilities, physicians’ offices, retirement communities, and outpatient centers. They also continue their studies at the postgraduate level, from medical and law school to a range of interdisciplinary PhD programs in the humanities and social sciences.

Program Requirements

Students must complete General Education requirements and World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Core Requirements
MEDH 101Introduction to the Medical Humanities3
ANTH 180Health and Healing in Cross Cultural Perspective3
PHIL 204Philosophical Issues in Biomedical Ethics3
MEDH 301Medicine, Literature and Illness3
MEDH 491Capstone Project in the Medical Humanities3-6
Human Biology Requirement
Complete 1 course from the following:4
Physical Anthropology
The Biology of Human Life
Principles of Biology I
Social Sciences Requirement
Complete 1 course from the following:3
Child Abuse and Neglect
Introduction to Psychology
Sociology of the Family
Humanities Requirement
Complete 1 course from the following:3
History of Public Health in the United States
Death, Dying and Afterlife
Medical Rhetorics: Texts, Bodies, Illness, Treatment
Complete 15 credits from the following:15
Caregiving, Aging Studies and Disability Studies
Introduction to Disability Studies, Rights, and Culture
Disability in US Popular Culture
Anthropology of Aging and the Aged
Introduction to Art Therapy
Introduction to Music Therapy
Nursing Care and the Aging Patient
Death, Dying and Afterlife
Body and Soul
Psychological Aspects of Aging
Communication and Advocacy
Literacy in Child Advocacy and Policy
Introduction to Health Communication
Health Communication Theory
Health Communication in Interpersonal Contexts
Intermediate French 1
Transprofessional Communication Collaboration
Nursing Scholarship
Spanish I 2
Medical Rhetorics: Texts, Bodies, Illness, Treatment
Human Biological and Psychological Well-Being
Physical Anthropology
The Biology of Human Life
Emerging Diseases
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
Health Psychology
Developmental Psychology I
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Clinical Psychology
Systems of Psychotherapy
Community and Public Health
The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
Community and Health
Medical Anthropology
Cultural Competencies in Child Welfare
Child Abuse and Neglect
Introduction to Public Health
Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
Population and Global Health: Didactic
Health Psychology: Applications to the Community
Sociology of the Family
Statistics for Social Research
Sociology of Health and Illness
Total Credits40-43