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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Structure and Requirements

medical humanities

The Medical Humanities Minor consists of 18 credits, or six courses:

  • ENGL 2212, required for all minors, to be taken as early as possible in your career
  • Four electives, drawn from a designated list
  • An approved advanced elective, to be taken in the junior or senior year
  • A senior presentation. Minors can give a brief (3-4 minute) presentation in May of their senior year or write a short (250 words) reflective piece that will be shared with the senior class.
  • One elective towards the minor may be taken abroad upon approval from the Curriculum Committee. Ordinarily, credit will only be granted on returning from the program, on evaluation of the syllabus and graded work done in the course.

Courses beyond ENGL 2212 must be drawn from at least three different departments, but one of these can be from your major. In Arts and Sciences, students need 15 “unique” credits towards the minor, but the remaining three credits (one course) may “co-count” for your major or the Core.

Several three-week courses offered through the Office of International Programs count towards elective credit in the minor. See the OIP website for more information.

One elective from an OIP-approved program can be counted towards the minor.

Advising: Informal advising sessions are held before fall and spring registration. In addition, minors are encouraged to meet with either Professor Boesky ( or Colleen Taylor ( to set up advising sessions when needed.