Medicine & the Liberal Arts (MLA)
The program in Medicine & the Liberal Arts analyzes healthcare issues from a variety of disciplines. Students will be exposed to a broad humanistic viewpoint of the medical situations that present themselves over the course of life. Pre-med students will gain a fuller understanding of the art of healing and relating to patients than can be obtained solely through the study of the sciences. Students planning careers in government, ministry, and healthcare administration among others which deal explicitly with medical issues will also benefit. Additionally, all will have the opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of the ethical, religious, and social implications of medical questions that face each of us as citizens, family members, and individuals.
While it not a major, courses applied toward requirements for Medicine & the Liberal Arts may also be counted toward requirements in other programs, majors, or minors.
Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours consisting of four courses from at least three different disciplines (subject codes) and MLA 475, Seminar in Medicine & the Liberal Arts. Other course offerings may be approved by the Program Coordinators on a case-by-case basis, including classes taken while studying abroad. Students interested in pursuing a medical or healthcare internship as part of the program should consult with the Coordinators well in advance to secure approval.
Select four courses (from three different disciplines) from the following:
|Introduction to Public Health|
|Economics of Medical Care|
|Health & the Environment|
|Health Care Policy & Administration|
|History of Medicine|
|Independent Study in Medicine & the Liberal Arts|
|Philosophy of Science|
|Philosophy of Medicine|
|Religion & Medicine|
|Spirituality & Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|Medicine & the Liberal Arts Seminar|
MLA 470. Independent Study in Medicine & the Liberal Arts. 1 to 3 Hours.
Under the guidance of an appropriate faculty member, students will investigate a medical topic from a liberal arts perspective. The course topic must be approved in advance by the coordinators of the Medicine and the Liberal Arts program. Course credit hours (between 1 and 3) are determined by the instructor. Restricted to students declared in the Medicine and the Liberal Arts program.
MLA 475. Medicine & the Liberal Arts Seminar. 3 Hours.
An overview of the insights offered by a variety of disciplines regarding situations involving health and healing. While the class will deal with the liberal arts as a whole, special emphasis will be given to the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. Students will produce a final project articulating a liberal arts viewpoint on a medical topic. This course is required of all students in the Medicine and the Liberal Arts program.