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 the history of racism and anti-racism in health and medicine.
  4. Explain how disability shapes the healthcare experience for patients.   
  5. 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 6-7 courses (18-21 credit hours), depending on course selection, 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 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.

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 where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Medical Humanities 18-21

Minor Requirements

Core Requirement
MDHM 201INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES 13
Elective Requirements
Select 4 courses from the Electives list below12
Practicum 1
Select 1 from the following:3-6
MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB 2
HEALTH, HUMANISM AND SOCIETY SCHOLARS MEDICAL HUMANITIES PRACTICUM 1 (1 YR SEQUENCE)
and HEALTH, HUMANISM AND SOCIETY SCHOLARS MEDICAL HUMANITIES PRACTICUM 2 (1 YR SEQUENCE)
HEALTH, HUMANISM AND SOCIETY SCHOLARS MEDICAL HUMANITIES PRACTICUM (ONE SEMESTER)
SPANISH PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM I 3
Total Credit Hours18-21

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
GLOBAL HEALTH JUSTICE: HEALTHCARE INEQUALITIES IN CONFLICTS
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
BODY, TECHNOLOGY, AND ENHANCEMENT
ANTHROPOLOGY OF RACE, ETHNICITY AND HEALTH
SPECIAL TOPICS 1
Art History
MEDICAL HUMANITIES VISUAL CULTURE
Asian Studies
GENOMIC GOVERNANCE IN ASIA
Biosciences
CONCEIVING AND MISCONCEIVING THE MONSTROUS IN FICTION AND IN ART, IN MEDICINE AND IN BIOSCIENCE
EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
English
TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING 1
INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES
LITERATURE AND MEDICINE
MEDICINE AND MEDIA
MEDICINE IN THE AGE OF NETWORKED INTELLIGENCE
MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB 2
Environmental Studies
CULTURES AND MEDIA OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
German Studies
GERMAN FILM (IN ENGLISH)
POLITICS OF THE FLESH IN GERMAN LITERATURE, THOUGHT AND FILM
Health Sciences
CONSUMER HEALTH AND THE MEDIA
VIOLENCE IN AMERICA: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE
DISPARITIES IN HEALTH IN AMERICA
History
RACE AND MEDICINE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
THE BODY IN GLOBAL HISTORIES OF MEDICINE
ENVIRONMENT, MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH IN LATIN AMERICA
DISABILITY AND U.S. LAW
Medical Humanities
SPECIAL TOPICS 1
IMMUNITY IN MEDIA, SCIENCE, AND CULTURE
Philosophy
DEATH AND DYING: METAPHYSICS AND ETHICS
MEDICAL ETHICS
PHILOSOPHY OF SEX AND LOVE
THE PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE
Religion
KNOWING BODY/GLOWING MIND: BUDDHIST ARTS OF CONTEMPLATION AND ANALYSIS
MEDICINE AND THE MUSEUM: CLINICAL AESTHETICS AND THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
SEMINAR ON THE END OF LIFE
DEMONS, MENTAL ILLNESS AND MEDICINE
THE HUMANITIES OF CARE & END OF LIFE
RELIGION AND SCIENCE
Sociology
SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
HEALTH DISPARITIES IN THE UNITED STATES
SOCIAL AUTOPSIES: HOW SOCIETY KILLS US
GENDER AND HEALTH
Spanish
SPECIAL TOPICS: ADVANCED SPANISH II 1
SPANISH PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM I 3
Spanish and Portuguese
DISABLED BODIES: ILLNESS AND LITERATURE IN LATIN AMERICA
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: https://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 applied or used to meet any of the minor’s course requirements.  

Distribution Credit Information

The determination of distribution credit eligibility is done initially as part of the new course creation process. Additionally, as part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution credit eligibility is routinely reviewed and reaffirmed by the Dean’s Offices of each of the academic schools.  

Faculty and leadership in the academic schools are responsible for ensuring that the courses identified as distribution-credit-eligible meet the criteria as set in the General Announcements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet graduation requirements by completing coursework designated as distribution-credit-eligible at the time of course registration. 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Medical Humanities website: https://medicalhumanities.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.

Distinction in Research and Creative Work

Students completing the minor in Medical Humanities are eligible to apply for the university honor Distinction in Research and Creative Work. If awarded, Distinction will be noted on the student's transcript upon graduation and on commencement materials. All applications for Distinction will be judged by a committee of faculty affiliated with the program in Medical Humanities. Work deemed to be "above and beyond" expectation will be considered for Distinction..

  • Applications for Distinction must be submitted to the Director of Medical Humanities on or before the last day of classes in the spring semester by 5:00 pm.
  • As part of the application for Distinction, students must submit a single-authored research or creative work, created for a Medical Humanities class, that represents the substantive output of a semester's work (length will vary by discipline).
  • The student's project does not have to be completed nor in its final format to apply for Distinction. All final research and creative work materials will be due on the last day of final examinations.
  • Applications must include a 1-page letter of support from a sponsoring faculty advisor.
  • Applications are available on the Medical Humanities website at: https://medicalhumanities.rice.edu/annual-essay-competition

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 a 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.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Medical Humanities website: https://medicalhumanities.rice.edu/

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