REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR
To complete a minor in medical humanities, students must complete four courses (16 points). Two of these courses are required, and two are chosen from a list of approved electives. Students must earn a grade of C or higher to count a class toward the minor.
The following two courses (8 points) are required for the minor. They may be taken in either order, but students are advised to begin with MHUM-UA 101.
Two courses (8 points) are required from the list of approved electives below (students should check with the listed Department to see if the course is being offered in the semester they wish to take it):
Restrictions on Credit Toward the Minor
One of the four courses for the Minor may be taken outside of the College of Arts and Science in another division of New York University, subject to prior approval by the Director of Medical Humanities; the minor’s steering committee may, from time to time, add non-CAS courses to the list of approved electives. Students may double-count one course as an elective for this minor and a College Core Curriculum requirement, or double-count one course between this minor and a second minor or a major. Petitions to double-count more than one course for other majors or minors will be considered by special permission of the Director of the Medical Humanities minor. Courses taken Pass/Fail do not count toward the minor.
List of Approved Electives
Medical Anthropology (ANTH-UA 35)
Global Biocultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Health (ANTH-UA 36)
Urban Design and Health (ARTH-UA 682)
Texts and Ideas: Children and Childhood: Medical, Historical, and Cultural Perspectives (CORE-UA 400)
Texts and Ideas: Contagion (CORE-UA 400)
Expressive Culture (Topics): Visual Arts and the Arts of Healing in the Italian Renaissance (CORE-UA 9760, NYU Florence)
Pandemic Reading (COLIT-UA 141)
Medical Humanities: Writing the Body, Writing the Mind (ENGL-UA 800)
ShakesCare: Shakespeare and Medicine (ENGL-UA 415)
Pandemics in World History (HIST-UA 79)
History of Medicine (HIST-UA 158)
History of Western Medicine (HIST-UA 202)
Plagues and Public Health in Renaissance Italy (HIST-UA 253)
The Beat: Separating Hope from Hype (JOUR-UA 201)
Medical Ethics (PHIL-UA 50)
Race and Reproduction (SCA-UA 158)
Sociology of Medicine (SOC-UA 414)
These two courses (8 points) may be taken in either order, but students are advised to begin with MHUM-UA 101.
Introduction to the Medical Humanities
MHUM-UA 101 Prerequisite: none. Required for the minor in medical humanities. Colloquium. Offered every fall. Deer, Klass. 4 points.
This course introduces students to the medical humanities, an emerging field that uses the methods of humanistic inquiry to explore and challenge discourses of medicine, health, and medical science. What is a human being? How do we know when a body is healthy? How should we treat disease and injury? How are questions of individual well-being, public health and medical treatment affected by gender, race, and class? Over the course of the semester, we will examine the overlap between medical and humanistic knowledge by reading various forms of writing and rhetoric that attempt to come to terms with these questions, from Platonic dialogues about poetry and writing to colonial debates about smallpox inoculation, from Victorian medical case histories to modern prescription pads. What do we know about humans and human bodies? How do we know what we know? And how do we talk or write about this knowledge and its application?
Pandemics and Plagues
MHUM-UA 102 Prerequisite: none. Required for the minor in medical humanities. Lecture. Offered every spring. Deer, Jordan, Klass. 4 points.
How have writers, scientists, artists, philosophers, musicians, performers, playwrights, and citizens responded to the outbreak of infectious disease across the centuries and around the world? What kinds of stories, narratives, and archives have shaped artistic, medical, and governmental responses? This course uses humanistic inquiry to engage with pandemics and plagues. Our case studies include bubonic plague, tuberculosis, cholera, malaria, 1918 influenza, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19. The course will engage a rich array of materials and approaches by focusing on themes such as historical plagues, plagues in literature, the impact of race, gender, and class on pandemic responses, war and pandemics, plus theatrical, film, and visual representations of disease.
Students must take two courses (8 points) from this list of approved electives. Consult the departmental or program sections in this Bulletin for course descriptions, prerequisites, and availability. Elective courses may not be offered every semester, so students should check with the listed Department to see if the course is being offered in the semester they wish to take it.
ANTH-UA 35 4 points.
Global Biocultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Health
ANTH-UA 36 4 points.
Urban Design and Health
ARTH-UA 682 4 points.
COLLEGE CORE CURRICULUM
Texts and Ideas: Children and Childhood: Medical, Historical, and Cultural Perspectives
CORE-UA 400 4 points
Texts and Ideas: Contagion
CORE-UA 400 4 points.
Expressive Culture (Topics): Visual Arts and the Arts of Healing in the Italian Renaissance CORE-UA 9760 Offered at NYU Florence. 4 points.
COLIT-UA 141 4 points.
ShakesCare: Shakespeare and Medicine
ENGL-UA 415 4 points
Medical Humanities: Writing the Body, Writing the Mind
ENGL-UA 800 4 points.
Pandemics in World History
HIST-UA 79 4 points.
History of Medicine
HIST-UA 158 4 points.
History of Western Medicine
HIST-UA 202 4 points.
Plagues and Public Health in Renaissance Italy
HIST-UA 253 4 points.
The Beat: Separating Hope from Hype
JOUR-UA 201 4 points.
PHIL-UA 50 4 points.
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS
Race and Reproduction
SCA-UA 158 4 points.
Sociology of Medicine
SOC-UA 414 4 points.