Interdisciplinary Minor in Medicine, Literature, and Culture

Honors Carolina interdisciplinary minor in Medicine, Literature, and Culture encourages students to examine medicine not only as a scientific enterprise, but also as a cultural practice embedded in changing ideas about disease, the doctor-patient relationship, medical institutions, and medical ethics. The program was developed in collaboration with the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Social Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The Honors interdisciplinary minor is designed for students majoring in disciplines as varied as the physical and life sciences, the humanities and fine arts, and the social and behavioral sciences. In the near future, Honors Carolina and its campus partners will launch a B.S.-M.A. program that allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in three years, followed by a one-year Master’s degree in Medicine, Literature, and Culture.

Courses and Requirements

The Honors interdisciplinary minor is available to Honors Carolina students (as well as undergraduates with a 3.0 GPA). Requirements for the minor include the successful completion of five courses in three different disciplines. English 268H: Medicine, Literature, and Culture is required as a gateway course for all students.

Options for additional courses include:

  • ENGL 266: Science and Literature
  • ENGL 390: Studies in Literary Topics: Representing Medicine
  • ENGL 489: Cultural Studies—Contemporary Issues: Literature, Medicine, and Disability
  • CMPL 383: Literature and Medicine
  • ANTH 444: Medicine, Politics, and Justice
  • ANTH 470: Medicine and Anthropology
  • ANTH 473: Anthropology of the Body and the Subject
  • JOMC 560: Medical Journalism
  • HNRS 650 Topics in Medicine and the Humanities

Honors Carolina is actively investing in the development of additional courses from departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Health.

Spring 2016 Course Offerings

The following courses offered in Spring 2016 have been approved to fulfill requirements for the MLC minor:

  • ANTH 147: Comparative Healing Systems
  • ANTH 319: Global Health
  • ANTH 442: Health and Gender After Socialism
  • ANTH 470: Medicine and Anthropology
  • ANTH 474: Anthropology of Disability
  • ENGL 269: Introduction to Disability Studies
  • ENGL 611: Narrative, Literature, and Medicine
  • HIST 329H: An Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • PLCY 361: Health Policy and Politics
  • PLCY 565: Global Health Policy

Professional School and Career Opportunities

The Honors Carolina interdisciplinary minor prepares students for a variety of careers in medicine and health care, health policy, and social services. The minor is also valuable for students planning postgraduate studies in traditional humanities fields, such as literature and history.

Health care professionals and educators have demonstrated growing interest in the cultural and social dimensions of medical practices. Indeed, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is currently being revised to include new sections on the humanities and social sciences. The Honors Carolina interdisciplinary minor in medicine, literature, and culture puts Carolina a step ahead in preparing students for this important change, and for successful careers as practitioners, policy makers, and researchers.