Requirements for the Minor

Students wishing to complete a minor in biomedical humanities choose a departmental advisor and, in conjunction with the advisor, select the courses most appropriate for them.  Students taking the minor will participate in BIMD 48000, Senior Seminar or complete another departmental capstone as approved by the Biomedical Humanities Department. Please click here to view all of the Medical Humanities Seminar Course Descriptions.

The minor consists of a minimum 20 semester hours of courses chosen from the following:

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

  • BIMD How We Die
  • BIMD Issues in Women's Health
  • BIMD Health and Social Justice
  • INTD Narrative Bioethics
  • INTD Obligations to Others
  • INTD The Science and Ethics of Human Cloning
  • INTD What is Human?

B. Choose one course from the following (these courses prepare students for the Medical Humanities portion of the Capstone. Students cannot use the same course to satisfy both Categories A and B):

  • INTD Aging, Sex, and the Body
  • BIMD Cultures of Medicine
  • BIMD Health and Social Justice
  • BIMD Issues in Women's Health
  • BIMD Stories of Illness and Healing

C. Choose one more course from Category A, B, or the following:

  • BIMD/RELG Mindfulness, Meditation, and Healing
  • INTD Alternative Health Care Systems 
  • INTD Exploring Ability & Disability Through Performance: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • INTD Genetics, Identity, and Popular Culture
  • INTD Gimpy Geezers: Representations of Disability and Age
  • INTD Global Health and Human Rights
  • INTD Images for the Living: Artistic Manifestations of Death, Burial, and Grief
  • INTD Pushing Up Daisies: Western Perspectives on Death and Dying
  • INTD The Science and Culture of Sleep
  • INTD What's Normal? I: Physical Abnormalities
  • INTD What's Normal? II: Mental and Emotional Disorders
  • COMM 22000 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 22100 Group Interaction Processes
  • COMM 22200 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 22300 Family Communication
  • COMM 22500 Nonverbal Communication
  • COMM 25000 Communication Between Cultures
  • COMM 32400 Gender Communication
  • COMM 32600 Persuasion and Attitude Change
  • COMM 35300 Intercultural Health Care Communication
  • PSYC/SOAN 25000 Development Across the Life Span
  • PSYC 36100 Introduction to Counseling and Clinical Psychology
  • SOAN 35900 Medical Sociology
  • COMM/THEA 22400 Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • THEA 12000 Fundamental Principles of Acting
  • ENGL/THEA 20900 Shakespeare in Performance
  • THEA 22600 Storytelling in the Natural World
  • THEA 22900 Creative Dramatics
  • WRIT 21500 Writing About […]
  • WRIT 22100 Basics of Creative Writing
  • WRIT 30400 Craft and Technique: Poetry
  • WRIT 30500 Craft and Technique: Creative Nonfiction
  • WRIT 30600 Craft and Technique: Fiction
  • WRIT 30700 Craft and Technique: Playwriting
  • WRIT 30900 Craft and Technique: Screenwriting
  • WRIT 31300 Teaching and Supervising Writing
  • or another course approved by the department

At least two other courses chosen from the following:

  • BIOL 13100: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 13200 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 15100 Introduction to Biology I: How Science Works
  • BIOL 15200 Introduction to Biology II: How Life Works
  • CHEM 16100: Physiological Chemistry I
  • CHEM 16200 Physiological Chemistry II
  • CHEM 22000 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 32000 Intermediate Organic Chemistry
  • (Students may petition the Biomedical Humanities Department for alternative science courses to fulfill this requirement.)

BIMD 48000 – Senior Seminar(Minors are only required to complete the medical humanities capstone presentation.)

Service Learning: Completion of 30 documented hours in a healthcare setting.


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For advising and more information, please contact:

Erin Lamb, Chair of Biomedical Humanities and Director of the Center of Literature and Medicine

  • 330.569.6139
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  • Mahan House