Medicine, Literature, and Culture Minor

Department of English and Comparative Literature

http://englishcomplit.unc.edu

Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520

(919) 962-5481

Dr. Ritchie Kendall

rkendall@email.unc.edu

Dr. Hilary Lithgow, Lecturer-Advisor

lithgow@email.unc.edu

The interdisciplinary honors minor in medicine, literature, and culture was developed in collaboration with Honors Carolina and the Department of Social Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine. It encourages students to explore the cultural and historical dimensions of medical practice by viewing the practice of medicine not simply as an application of chemical and biological analyses of and interventions in the functioning of the human body but also as a cultural practice embedded in changing ideas of disease, health, doctors, patients, medical institutions, and ethics. The minor is available to students accepted into Honors Carolina and to any undergraduate student who has achieved and maintains a grade point average of 3.00 or better.

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Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least 9 credits of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Five courses representing at least three different subject codes:15
Medicine, Literature, and Culture
Four additional courses in at least two additional subject codes
Total Hours15

Options for additional courses include, but are not limited to, the following courses:

AAAD 300Cultures of Health and Healing in Africa3
ANTH 147Comparative Healing Systems3
ANTH 270Living Medicine3
ANTH 319Global Health3
ANTH 442Health and Gender after Socialism3
ANTH 443Cultures and Politics of Reproduction3
ANTH 444Medicine, Politics, and Justice3
ANTH 470Medicine and Anthropology3
ANTH 473Anthropology of the Body and the Subject3
ANTH 474The Anthropology of Disability3
CMPL 383Literature and Medicine H3
ENGL 266Science and Literature H3
ENGL 269Introduction to Disability Studies3
ENGL 370Race, Health, and Narrative H3
ENGL 610Science as Literature: Rhetorics of Science and Medicine3
ENGL 611Narrative, Literature, and Medicine: Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar3
GEOG 445Medical Geography3
HIST 329An Introduction to the History of Medicine H3
HIST 472Medicine and Health in Early Modern Europe3
HIST 622Medicine and Society in America3
HNRS 6501-6
MEJO 560Medical and Science Journalism3
PLCY 361Health Policy and Politics3
PLCY 565Global Health Policy3
PLCY 570Health and Human Rights3
RELI 665Body and Suffering in Christian Mysticism3
SOCI 422Sociology of Health and Mental Illness3
SOCI 431Aging3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Additional courses can be applied to the requirements for this minor with the approval of the advisor for the minor.

At least three courses used to fulfill requirements for the minor must be counted exclusively in the minor and cannot be double-counted with a major or second minor. A minimum of 12 hours of C (not C-) or better is required in the minor. All courses must be taken for a standard letter grade, with the exception of one course (three to four credit hours) of By-Examination (BE) credit.

See program page here for special opportunities.