As JHU’s largest undergraduate humanities major, MSH provides students with interdisciplinary, critical perspectives on science and medicine. This uniquely positions students to pursue careers in the health professions as they foreground issues of importance to society more broadly. The major is also ideal for students who plan to pursue graduate work in a range of humanities, social science, or professional disciplines.
MSH majors gain awareness of theory, interpretation, and methods in specific humanistic topics related to science and medicine, rooted in humanistic disciplines. They gain exposure to multicultural perspectives through MSH coursework and through intermediate mastery of a language beyond English. MSH also requires students to acquire knowledge and experience in the natural sciences in order to add an applied dimension to their studies. MSH majors 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.