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What is Medical Humanities?

At Boston College, Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary, humanistic and cultural study of illness, health, health care, and the body. Students choose courses from a range of departments in Arts and Sciences, from the social sciences and the humanities as well as the natural sciences. Throughout, the minor draws from Boston College’s commitment to social justice, ethics, and care for the whole person.

Who should minor in Medical Humanities?

Current minors are planning careers in medicine, health care policy or law, psychology, public/global health, social work, patient advocacy, or health journalism. Other minors, undecided about career path, are interested in learning more about bioethics, the history of health practices, or the narrative contexts for current (and at times competing) ideas about illness and the body.

How can I learn more?

Email the director, Amy Boesky, at boesky@bc.edu, or the Graduate Assistant, rachel.ernst@bc.edu to set up an appointment.


Student Profile

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My name is Lucas Allen, and I am a junior International Studies major. I am passionate about studying the inequalities and injustices at the root of our generation’s most urgent problems. I chose the Medial Humanities, Health, and Culture minor because, to paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr., the most shocking and inhumane of these inequalities is health.

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