Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Medical Humanities (MEDHUMMIN)Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


The Minor in Medical Humanities examines the "human side" of medicine with goal of helping those who aspire to enter careers in medicine become more empathic and humane health practitioners. Students who complete the minor will develop competencies and skills required to conduct medical research responsibly, to collaborate and communicate effectively with their peers and with their patients, and to reflect on urgent questions that arise during the emotionally-loaded and often frustration-prone encounters between medical providers and patients. They will also acquire the conceptual tools and critical thinking skills for reflecting on and understanding the ethical challenges of current medical practice.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours (18 with the addenda requirement), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory course. One (1) course:
  2. The Human Health Practitioner—Perspectives in Medical Humanities. Each of the following, including at least 6 cr. at the 300–499 level:
    1. Science, Ethics, and Religion. One (1) course:
    2. Cultural Expressions of Diversity. One (1) course:
    3. Culture, Health & Society. One (1) course:
  3. Human Subjects Research Ethics. Document with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine that you have completed the "Human Subject Researh" workshop through the IU Office of Research Compliance.
  4. Service Learning. One (1) course:
  5. Addenda Requirement*.
    • Oral Communication. One (1) course:
      • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations
      • BUS-C 106 Business Presentations-honors
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • * Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements require a grade of C- or higher and do not count toward the Minor GPA or Minor Hours.