Requirements for the Medical Humanities Minor
One 3-4 credit class
One three credit class from each of the following three disciplinary groups (9 credits), plus one additional class from any one of the groups (3 credits).
Ethics and Policy
Art, Literature, and History
Capstone 1 Credit Independent Study (pass/fail)
A short (1000 word) discussion of how humanistic studies can inform and improve the practice of healthcare, with specific reference to the content of one or more classes taken (must include specific reference to any classes substituted for a listed class). Restriction: must be in senior year or have completed 12 units of the minor to enroll.
Class substitutions: Relevant alternative classes, or 3 credit independent study, may be substituted within each group if approved by the minor's faculty advisor.
The Capstone requirement requires a little more explanation - read on...
Capstone: General idea
The general requirement, as stated in the UD catalog is. "A short (1000 word) discussion of how humanistic studies can inform and improve the practice of healthcare, with specific reference to the content of one or more classes taken (must include specific reference to any classes substituted for a listed class). Restriction: must be in senior year or have completed 12 units of the minor to enroll."
This should not be an onerous requirement. The idea is to give you a chance to reflect on your overall experience of the minor. For example, you might discuss a theme that has struck you over the various courses you have taken in the minor, or you might reflect on how you expect your knowledge of the humanities might inform you in your career going forward. The opportunity to talk with you and read about what you have done in the minor also helps me to find out what is happening in classes that I don't teach myself.
See the Reflections page.
You do the capstone as a one credit independent study. When the time comes, you do this by:
- Enrolling in PHIL366-000 in UD-SIS - just like you enroll in any other class, either before the semester begins or during free drop add.
Sign up for one credit, pass/fail.
- Once you are registered, go to...
...and complete the webform - routing it to me, Mark Greene (my UD email is 'mkgreene').
Do not select discovery learning or honors or anything like that.
I've prepared an example of roughly what the webform should look like - you can just cut and paste the language from the example as needed.
- Contact me early in the semester to organize meeting times and to get your capstone project underway.
Check the catalog for general class requirements. Enter 'medical humanities' in the search box.
Do note that relevant alternative classes, or 3 credit independent study, may be substituted for listed classes within each group - if approved by the minor's faculty advisor, Mark Greene. It is wise to discuss such plans with Mark ahead of time. You are particularly encouraged to consider taking an independent study relevant to the minor, as working closely with a faculty member with whom you share interests can be a very valuable experience... and can provide a good basis for recommendations.
Plan ahead. If you have an opportunity to complete a requirement it makes sense to take it - you don't want to get caught in your last semester with a class you need not being offered or filling up before you can enroll.