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Students who study the humanities alongside the sciences develop critical and analytical skills, research expertise, intellectual and cultural community, and balance in their academic careers.

Courses in the Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities Initiative offers courses from various disciplines at the junior and senior undergraduate level. Courses are also open (with instructor permission) to graduate and medical student auditors.

Course Offerings

Medical Humanities Minor

The Medical Humanities Initiative offers a minor in Medical Humanities, Culture, and Society. The minor comes at an opportune time for Georgetown and our greater DC community and brings together traditional strengths of our institution: health education and research and scholarship and teaching in the humanities and social sciences.

The minor is open without application to students across the College, SFS, and NHS. It will also be open (with instructor permission) to graduate and medical student auditors. We expect to attract those interested in the health professions, graduate and medical students, and humanities and social-sciences oriented students drawn to interdisciplinary areas such as narrative medicine, history of medicine, science and technology studies, public health, medical anthropology, and ethics. 

Requirements for the Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Medical Humanities, Culture, and Society will require six total courses (three core courses and three electives), and is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in the field. Up to 3 credits can be fulfilled by 1-credit courses. Students will be able to use courses from other programs and departments to satisfy the minor’s elective requirements; this list grows each semester, and we welcome new submissions. 

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Medical Humanities (MHUM-101)
  • Methods in Medical Humanities (MHUM-202)
  • Senior Capstone Seminar in Medical Humanities (MHUM-401)

Elective Courses

Students will be able to use courses from other programs and departments to satisfy the minor’s elective requirements; this list grows each semester, and we will continue to add to it.

View a representative sample in the Course Offerings section above.

FAQs

What are the course requirements for the Medical Humanities, Culture, and Society minor?

The interdisciplinary minor in Medical Humanities, Culture, and Society requires six total courses: three core courses (MHUM-101: Introduction to Medical Humanities, MHUM-202: Methods in Medical Humanities, and MHUM-401: Senior Capstone Seminar in Medical Humanities) and three electives (view a representative sample in the course offerings section above).

Do I have to take any of the core/elective classes in a particular order?

There is no particular order required for you to take your courses, except for the MHUM-401: Senior Capstone Seminar in Medical Humanities, that you should take after MHUM-101: Introduction to Medical Humanities and MHUM-202: Methods in Medical Humanities.

I took or I am taking a course that previously counted as Medical Humanities elective, but does not currently have the “Medical Humanities” tag. Will it count as an elective for the medical humanities minor?

Yes! You can email us at medicalhumanities@georgetown.edu to let us know if an elective that appears in the course offerings section is missing the “Medical Humanities” tag so we can make sure the Registrar adds it and you get the credit for the minor.

Is there an application for the minor?

The minor is open without application to students across the College, SFS, and NHS. It will also be open (with instructor permission) to graduate and medical student auditors.

Can I talk to anyone about the minoring process?

Of course! You can email us at medicalhumanities@georgetown.edu with your questions or you can schedule an appointment with the Interim Director.

What happens if I am not able to satisfy all the requirements? May I undeclare from the minor?

You should be able to undeclare from this or any other minor if not able to satisfy all the requirements, though we encourage you to reach out to us at medicalhumanities@georgetown.edu if you have concerns about the requirements, so we can help you plan the best way to fulfill them.

Does the Medical Humanities, Culture, and Society minor permit audit students? What about virtual auditing?

Yes, the Medical Humanities courses are open with instructor permission to student auditors. Although Georgetown is currently committed to in-person classes, some of the courses may be offered in a virtual or hybrid format. You can find that information through MyAccess, or you can email us at medicalhumanities@georgetown.edu to learn more.

What opportunities are available to medical students through this initiative?

The Medical Humanities Initiative supports medical student Independent Scholarly Projects through our Research Fellowships, which welcome applications from undergraduate, graduate/professional students from the Main and Medical campuses once every academic year (in 2021, the extended application deadline was November 29).

Medical students can also join the Medical Humanities courses as student auditors (with instructor permission), apply to employment opportunities through the Student Employment Office (SEO), and attend the events we sponsor.

Are there any opportunities for mentorship or research assistance?

Our Research Fellowships support Mentored Individual or Collaborative research projects, which may (though are not restricted to) be mentored by our Core or Affiliate Faculty. Reach out to faculty members to discuss with them opportunities for mentorship or research assistance. Employment opportunities can also be found through the Student Employment Office (SEO).