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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

Theresa Rager

My name is Theresa Rager and I am a senior biology major, medical humanities minor, and pre-medical student.

As an incoming freshman I knew I wanted to major in biology and I knew I wanted to be a physician. Medicine was the only career I ever envisioned since age four and my strengths were always in the life sciences. However, as I dove into my biology, chemistry, and calculus courses, something was missing from my education. By narrowing in on the mechanisms of cellular respiration or molecular orbital theory, I was missing the greater picture of health, illness, and well-being that was at the heart of my interest in medicine. Continue reading Theresa's Student Profile

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