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Medical Humanities Major - Curriculum & Duration

University of the Sciences' BS in Medical Humanities major gives you a thorough grounding in the natural sciences in combination with in-depth study of the various humanities disciplines, including literature, philosophy, ethics, history, classics, the fine arts, and religion.

Create your own areas of study in this highly flexible major. Students can satisfy all requirements for application to medical school, include broad natural science education along with the humanities requirements, or focusing primarily on a specific natural science (biology, chemistry, and physics) for a personalized track appropriate for a professional or graduate program.

Degree Requirements

After satisfying prerequisites, the arrangement and scheduling of courses is highly flexible. A minimum of 121 credits of approved courses required.

General Education Discipline Requirements (41 credits) Credits
Natural Sciences (1 semester of lab) 7
Mathematics 6
Written and Oral Communication 9
Social Sciences 6
Humanities 6
Multidisciplinary Inquiry 6
Physical Education 1
Distribution Requirements, take four of six courses  (12 credits) Credits
Ancient Medicine 3
Medicine and Literature 3
History of US Medicine and Public Health 3
Medicine and Hispanics 3
Philosophy of Medicine 3
Religion and Medicine 3
Core Requirements (7 credits) Credits
Orientation to Humanities 1
Pre-Capstone 3
Senior Seminar 3
Foreign Language Requirement (3 credits) Credits
Foreign Language 3
Free Electives (6 credits) Credits
Free Electives 6
Major Concentration (52 credits) Credits
Science Program Electives 25
Humanities Program Electives 27

Sample Curriculum

The following is a sample curriculum for medical humanities students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2018; other students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Orientation to Humanities
General Calculus
Physical Education I, II
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Foreign Language Requirement
Free Elective

Second Year

General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Laboratory I, II
Survey of Physics
Major Distribution Course (English)
General Education Social Science Requirements
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
Science Program Elective

Third Year

Introduction to Communication
Major Distribution Courses (Fine Arts, History, Philosophy)
General Education Humanities Requirements
Humanities Program Elective
Science Program Electives
General Education Elective

Fourth Year

Senior Seminar
Humanities Program Electives
Science Program Elective
General Education Elective

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Medical Humanities program achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Write at a high level of proficiency and construct well-supported arguments
  • Interpret texts with critical thinking and insight
  • Obtain understanding of the Humanities’ relationship to Healthcare
  • Enter graduate, professional school or employment well-prepared
  • Obtain research skills demonstrated in a comprehensive major research project



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