Requirements for the Major

All Biomedical Humanities (BIMD) majors must choose an adviser in the program.

I. Medical Humanities Core (three courses, at least one of which must have a bioethics emphasis, one course from sections A and B, and two 1-hour seminars):

These courses examine questions of human values in health and quality of life through study of literature and the arts, as well as the roles and limitations of bioethical principles.

A.  Choose one course from the following (these courses carry an ethics designation):

B. Choose two more courses from:

C. Enroll in two 1-hour BIMD 28000 seminars

Courses include, but are not limited to BIMD The Biomedical Imagination, Dilemmas in House, Bioethics and the Metaphysics of Personhood, House of God, Science in the NY Times, Maladies and Ethical Challenges, Writing about Illness, Healthcare Justice, and Cancer in the Arts.

II. Relational Core (two courses, two 1-hour service seminars, and a shadowing internship):

These courses provide students opportunities to explore the ways in which individuals understand and respond to one another and apply that knowledge and learned skills in new demographic contexts.

A. Choose one course from the following:

  • COMM 220 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 221 Group Interaction Processes
  • COMM 222 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 223 Family Communication
  • COMM 225 Nonverbal Communication
  • COMM 250 Communication Between Cultures
  • COMM 324 Gender Communication
  • COMM 326 Persuasion and Attitude Change
  • COMM 353 Intercultural Health Care Communication
  • or another course approved by the department

B. Choose one course from the following:

  • COMM/THEA 224 Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • THEA 120 Fundamental Principles of Acting
  • ENGL/THEA 209 Shakespeare in Performance
  • THEA 226 Storytelling in the Natural World
  • THEA 229 Creative Dramatics
  • WRIT 22X Writing About _______
  • WRIT 221 Basics of Creative Writing
  • WRIT 304 Craft and Technique: Poetry
  • WRIT 305 Craft and Technique: Creative Nonfiction
  • WRIT 306 Craft and Technique: Fiction
  • WRIT 307 Craft and Technique: Playwriting
  • WRIT 309 Craft and Technique: Screenwriting
  • WRIT 313 Teaching and Supervising Writing
  • or another course approved by the department

C. Two service courses – BIMD 610 and 611 (each requires 30 hours of approved service)

D. Shadowing Internship (120 hours)

All student are required to shadow one or more healthcare practitioners during their time at Hiram College. This experience can help students feel secure in their understanding of professional environments by immersion into the system and interaction with people involved in direct patient care. Students are required to have each practitioner they shadow sign off on the experience and the number of hours completed. Students will also keep a journal of the experience.

III. Science Core (nine courses and a research internship):

These courses enable students to explore the form and function of living systems and to develop the theoretical and conceptual background for independent laboratory work and data analysis.

A. Students must take the following courses:

  • BIOL 151, Introduction to Biology I: How Science Works
  • BIOL 152, Introduction to Biology II: How Life Works
  • BIOL 230, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • BIOL 365, Genetics
  • CHEM 120, General Chemistry I: Structure and Bonding
  • CHEM 121, General Chemistry II: Introduction to Chemical Analysis
  • CHEM 220, Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 320, Intermediate Organic Chemistry
  • MATH 108, Statistics

B. Research Internship (120 hours)

Because scientific research plays a critical role in medical advancement students must participate in an internship. During the research experience, students are exposed to the processes of basic science like those which shape clinical practice. Students work with their academic advisor to seek out approved experiences, and are required to have their research mentor sign off on the experience and the number of hours completed. Students will also keep a journal of the experience.

IV. Capstone (three upper-level courses in an area and a senior seminar):


In appreciation of the liberal arts tradition that will provide students with an education in the depth, breadth and inter-relatedness of knowledge, we require students to choose an area of specialization consisting of three upper level courses in a traditional liberal arts major. The goal of this component of the Biomedical Humanities major is to increase students' depth of knowledge in a single content area that will enrich their ability to link their core skills to the problems grounded in modern academic disciplines. The area of specialization and the appropriate courses should be chosen in consultation with a Biomedical Humanities advisor.

B. Senior Seminar (one course)

This capstone, in the form of a formal public presentation, summarizes a student's portfolio of educational experiences in and out of the class room. To that end students will make two formal presentations. The first is a demonstration of the student's command of her or his research. The second is a reflective narrative documenting integration of academic and experiential learning in the medical humanities. Students completing the minor are only responsible for composing and presenting the reflective narrative.

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Four Year Program

The following are the suggested yearly requirements for biomedical humanities majors:

Year 1:

  • Complete either CHEM 120/121 or BIOL 151/152
  • Complete Colloquium and First-Year Seminar

Year 2:

  • Complete BIMD 610 and 611 (including a total of 60 hours of service in a health-care setting)
  • Complete CHEM 120/121 and BIOL 151/152
  • Line-up (or begin) your Shadowing and Research Internships (120 hours each)
  • Complete a Medical Humanities seminar with a Bioethics Emphasis

Year 3:

  • Complete CHEM 220 and 320
  • Complete Shadowing and Research Internships (120 hours each)
  • Begin taking courses in your area of specialization
  • Complete at least 2 of your 3 Medical Humanities seminars
  • If planning to go to professional or graduate school, begin MCAT or GRE preparations and sign-up to take these by the end of the summer
  • Request letters of recommendation and draft your personal statement and application essays

Year 4:

  • Fall: Prepare your capstone presentations
  • Fall: Complete applications to professional or graduate school programs
  • Spring: BIMD 480 (Senior Seminar)
  • Complete all program and college-required coursework