2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    
    Jul 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Health Humanities, BA


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The Health Humanities integrated learning major (ILM) enhances Arts and Science/Maxwell students’ preparation for the health professions through a curriculum that situates health and medicine within complex sociocultural ecologies. Students can supplement any major with the Health Humanities ILM. The curriculum engages with social and ethical questions that are central to all medical fields, as well as broadening students’ appreciation of the different directions they might take in pursuing their interest in health. 

This ILM may be combined with any other undergraduate major with approval by the program director. While certain majors typically serve as the base major for this ILM, students are encouraged to meet with the program director to determine their best choice of a base major. Dually enrolled students must have a base major within Arts and Sciences|Maxwell.

Dual Enrollments:

Students dually enrolled in Newhouse* and Arts and Sciences|Maxwell will complete a minimum of 122 credits, with at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences|Maxwell coursework and an Arts and Sciences|Maxwell major.

*Students dually enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences|Maxwell as first year students must complete the Liberal Arts Core. Students who transfer to the dual program after their first year as singly enrolled students in the Newhouse School will satisfy general requirements for the dual degree program by completing the Newhouse Core Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes


1. Accurately characterize the field of health humanities
2. Describe, compare and contrast some basic theories and methods in the humanities and social sciences, particularly as they relate to the health humanities 
3. Describe how health humanities overlaps with / complements the student’s primary major(s)
4. Apply knowledge of the health humanities to critically evaluate, orally and in writing, media items and other statements or claims related to health, illness, and health care, through at least two theoretical lenses proper to the humanities and social sciences
4. Apply knowledge of the health humanities to critically evaluate, orally and in writing, media items and other statements or claims related to health, illness, and health care, through at least two theoretical lenses proper to the humanities and social sciences
5. Apply knowledge of the health humanities to critically evaluate one’s own experiences in health-related settings, through at least two theoretical lenses proper to the humanities and social sciences
6. Demonstrate an ability, orally and in writing, to engage in well-informed, culturally sensitive moral reflection about specific topics related to health, illness, disability, and/or health care
7. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of different cultural and historical understandings of health, illness, and/or disability, as well as an understanding of social determinants of health and health inequalities
8. Demonstrate an ability to engage in long-term cumulative learning in the health humanities, culminating in a research project presented to peers 
9. Demonstrate a willingness and ability to empathetically consider others’ perspectives

Electives


12 credits, one course from each of four categories, representing four different departments.

Capstone


This course must be taken during the senior year:

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