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

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Tuesday, April 7
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Student Profile


My name is Maria Asdourian and I am a senior Biology major. I was able to join the Medical Humanities minor during my junior year, before which I’d had a very research-intensive approach to the medical field. Being immersed in the research environment, although intellectually stimulating, substantiated to me the importance of the humanistic and cultural aspects of medicine. With the minor in Medical Humanities, I’ve been able to explore these engaging topics that complement my research experiences and that will enrich my future service in the medical field.

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