New medical humanities minor

Washington University’s Center for the Humanities has announced a new Minor in Medical Humanities. The minor was co-founded by Arts & Sciences professors Rebecca Messbarger and Corinna Treitel, and will begin in fall 2015.

The new program “approaches health, disease and medical care as culturally embedded human experiences that vary across time and place. In addition to exploring health, disease and medical care as core human experiences, the program of study is designed to provide a solid grounding in the textual-historical approach essential to all humanities scholarship.”

The minor combines disciplinary diversity with thematic unity to engage students with a set of tightly related “big” topics and issues. These include the contested meanings of health and disease; the ethical dimensions of medicine; illness narratives; debates over health and development; the role of medicine in war, empire, and nation building; the relationship between religion and medicine; exchange and friction between biomedicine and other healing traditions; and the burden of disease as it relates to gender, race, and class.

Check out the Center for the Humanities website for more details.