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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.

Application Procedures

The Medical Humanities minor requires an application and approval by the committee to enroll. Applications are read in March and October each year; the minor is not open to students beyond October of the junior year.

How can I learn more?

E-mail the director, Amy Boesky, at, or the Graduate Assistant, Colleen Taylor, at to set up an appointment.

Student Profile

Bridie Lawlor

My name is Bridie Lawlor and I am a junior Communication major minoring in Philosophy and Medical Humanities. When I came to Boston College I knew I wanted to get involved in the healthcare industry but I knew the hands-on technical approach of the role of a doctor or a nurse wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. I joined GlobeMED, a student-run Global Health nonprofit and learned about the social justice and interdisciplinary approaches to Global Health.
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