Program Requirements


This minor requires 21 hours of graded course work, including an Internship and a Capstone Requirement.


I.      Required Introductory Course

ENGL 373: Introduction to Medical Humanities (3 hrs)

II.        Requirements in English, Philosophy, & Theology  

 ENGL 374, ENGL 415, or other approved Literature Course (3 hrs)

 PHIL 336: Medical Ethics (3 hrs

      (Physical Therapy and Nursing students can substitute IPE 420: Applied Decision-Making)

 THEO 352; THEO 356; or THEO 360 (3 hrs)

 III.     Requirement in History 

   HIST 335; HIST 491; HIST 490; HCE 320; HCE 420; HCE 425; HCE 426 (3 hrs)

   (note specific titles below)


 IV.     Electives. 

Choose two approved courses (6 hrs) in English, Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Center for Health Care Ethics, History, Philosophy, or Theological Studies. If you choose, one of your electives can be an internship in a health care setting (INTN 480).


The following courses are currently approved:

COMM 393 Health Communication

CSDI 470 Multicultural Characteristics of the Population

ENGL 374  Medicine and Literature

ENGL 415  Topics in Rhetoric, Interpretation, and Medicine

ENGL 459 Medicine, Mind, and Victorian Fiction**

HIST 335  Plagues and Peoples

HIST 491  Health and Social Policy in Africa**

HIST 490 Studies in Renaissance Medicine**

INTN 480 (Stiles) Internship in a Clinical Setting*

PHIL 336  Medical Ethics

THEO 352 Theology of Suffering and Death

THEO 356  Religion and Science

THEO 360  Christian Morality: Health Care

HCE 301 Ethical Issues in Clinical Medicine

HCE 320 Freaks and the Medical Body

HCE 420 Law and Bioethics

HCE 423 Consensus and Controversy in Research Ethics

HCE 424 Ethics and Geriatric Care

HCE 420 Warriors and Medics

                                                     (6 hrs total)

* Internship in a Clinical Setting (INTN 480)

In place of one of your electives, you may opt to complete a 3-credit internship in a clinical setting. This internship should involve at least 30 hours of shadowing or other work in a health-care environment. It must be supervised by the Director of Medical Humanities and by a designee in a health care setting. Internships at SLU Hospitals cannot be counted towards this requirement, but internships in other hospital, classroom, or clinic settings are eligible.


**Note that these are variable topics courses (HIST 490, 491 and ENGL 459), meaning sometimes these course numbers are used to identify courses unrelated to Medical Humanities. Only the topics listed above in association with these course  numbers count toward the Medical Humanities Minor.

Total credit hours:             21       


Capstone Requirement:  In one of the last two courses taken for the Certificate, a student will be required to complete a substantial (18-20 page) research paper appropriate to the course on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor.  Each spring, students completing the Certificate will present their term papers at a public forum on campus.




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