Medicine, Science, and the Humanities (MSH) is an interdisciplinary, humanities-based major using cultural and historical contexts to explore scientific inquiry and the roots of medicine. The MSH major is ideal for students who plan to pursue careers in the health professions; students who plan to pursue graduate work in a range of humanities, social science, or professional disciplines; and students interested in issues of importance to science, medicine, and society.

MSH Major Goals and Objectives


Medicine, Science, and the Humanities majors will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the cultural and historical roots of scientific inquiry and medicine, with the ability to apply these precepts to contemporary life.


MSH majors will:

  • Gain an introductory awareness of theory, interpretation, and methods in a specific humanistic topic related to science and medicine
  • Acquire and develop skills of interpretation and analysis in a specific humanities discipline by focusing on primary and secondary sources such as literature, imagery, film, artifacts, and commentary
  • Acquire fundamental skills of writing and oral presentation, emphasizing clear and logical exposition to enhance student readiness for subsequent graduate school, professional school, or the workforce
  • Acquire knowledge and experience in the natural sciences
  • Understand the advantages of multiculturalism through intermediate mastery of a language beyond English.

Affiliated Humanities Departments