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New Enrollment Guidelines: Applications Due April 1



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, or the Graduate Assistant, to set up an appointment.

Pre-registration Meeting
Tuesday, April 7th
4:30-6:00 p.m.
McElroy Conference Room 237

Movie Night:
The Dallas Buyers Club
Tuesday, April 7th
6:00-8:00 p.m., Higgins 310

Senior Presentation Planning Meeting
Wednesday, April 8th
4:30-5:30 p.m., Stokes 213S

Medical Humanities Journal Launch Party
Thursday, April 16th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center (Brighton Campus)

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Student Profile

Andrew Hawkins

My name is Andrew Hawkins and I am a junior biology major with a pre-medical concentration and a minor in medical humanities. In order to provide humanitarian aid throughout the globe, a physician needs to understand the practice of medicine without the amenities of our technology-driven healthcare culture. I am particularly interested in the functioning of medicine in wilderness, post-disaster and resource-scarce environments where patient-care reverts back to an earlier era out of necessity.

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