Minor in Medical Humanities

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Medical Humanities

Upon completing the minor in Medical Humanities, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical, literary, artistic and ethical domains of medical humanities scholarship. 
  2. Analyze and evaluate complex texts relating to the social and cultural aspects of medicine through close reading and critical interpretation of arguments, metaphors, and images. 
  3. Explain how health disparities and disability shape the healthcare experience for patients.   
  4. Conduct independent research and communicate their own arguments about medical humanities in research papers, class presentations, and discussions. 

Requirements for the Minor in Medical Humanities

Students pursuing the minor in Medical Humanities must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.   

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor (or official certifier).  Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

The courses used in the Medical Humanities program examine the social, cultural, ethical and aesthetic dimensions of medicine in contemporary and historical contexts, and are open to all undergraduate students at Rice from all backgrounds.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Medical Humanities 18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirement
HURC 201INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES 13
Elective Requirements
Select 4 electives from the Electives list below12
Practicum 1
Select 1 from the following:3
MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB 2
HEALTH, HUMANISM, AND SOCIETY SCHOLARS INTERNSHIP 1
HRC PRACTICUM IN HEALTH HUMANITIES 3
MEDICAL PROFESSIONALISM AND OBSERVERSHIP 4
Total Credit Hours18

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Elective Requirements

To fulfill the elective requirements for the Medical Humanities minor, students must complete a total of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following Rice departmental course offerings. Students must fulfill the elective requirements by completing coursework from at least 2 different subject codes (i.e., ANTH, ENGL, etc.), and must take a minimum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) at the 300-level or above.

Elective Requirements
Select 4 courses from the following: 12
Anthropology
ETHNOGRAPHIES OF CARE
ILLNESS, DISABILITY, AND THE GENDERED BODY
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS 1
BODY, TECHNOLOGY, ENHANCEMENT
CONSCIOUSNESS FROM INDIAN TRADITIONS TO MODERN SCIENCE
Art History
MEDICAL HUMANITIES VISUAL CULTURE
English
INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES
LITERATURE AND MEDICINE
MEDICINE AND MEDIA
MEDICINE IN THE AGE OF NETWORKED INTELLIGENCE
MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB 2
Health Sciences
VIOLENCE IN AMERICA: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE
History
BIOMEDICAL APPROACH TO HISTORY
GLOBAL HISTORY OF HEALTH AND WELFARE
Humanities Research Center
19TH CENTURY PSYCHOLOGICAL FICTION AND MEDICINE
THE DOCTOR IS ON
HEALTH AND HUMANITIES MASTER CLASS
CRITICAL HUMANITIES - HEALTH AND BODY
THE HUMANITIES OF CARE & END OF LIFE
Natural Sciences
MEDICAL PROFESSIONALISM AND OBSERVERSHIP 3
Program in Writing and Communication
MEDICAL COMMUNICATION
Religion
SEMINAR ON THE END OF LIFE
DEMONS, MENTAL ILLNESS AND MEDICINE
THE HUMANITIES OF CARE & END OF LIFE
Sociology
SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
HEALTH DISPARITIES IN THE UNITED STATES
SOCIAL AUTOPSIES: HOW SOCIETY KILLS US
GENDER AND HEALTH
Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the Minor in Medical Humanities 

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Medical Humanities should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Medical Humanities should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing may apply towards the minor.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 
  • Transfer credit coursework received via the articulation of AP, IB or A-level credit will not be considered towards minor requirements.
  • Transfer credit from online-only courses cannot be used to count towards the minor.  

For additional information, please see the Humanities Research Center website: http://hrc.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the Minor in Medical Humanities

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Experiential Learning

Advanced students in the Medical Humanities minor have the opportunity to conduct experiential learning and research in our practica, enroll in internships at Houston-area hospitals, archives, and community partner institutions, and take our multi-institution seminar, co-taught by researchers and clinicians in the Texas Medical Center, University of Houston, University of Texas School of Public Health, and Rice.

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this minor.