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The College of St. Scholastica

As medicine today becomes increasingly complex, the growing reliance on science and technology risks dehumanization. Health humanities is a fast-growing, interdisciplinary field that seeks to counter these risks and restore humanistic approaches to healthcare.

As a St. Scholastica Health Humanities student, you’ll explore human values and healthcare ethics. The program delves deeply into the human aspects of healthcare, including feelings, emotions, thoughts, meanings, values and beliefs. You’ll gain insight into the inner world of human experiences through humanistic methods. The curriculum combines healthcare with the humanities to teach you about the human condition, human suffering and healing, and human well-being and flourishing.

This program has five core courses:

  • Health Humanities Foundations
  • Health, Happiness and Human Well-Being
  • Trauma and Recovery: Medicine and Literature
  • Healthcare Across Cultures
  • Health Humanities Capstone Seminar

Majors will take four additional courses.

St. Scholastica Health Humanities program graduates come away with a diverse understanding of human health. Through this program, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation and empathy for impairment, illness, suffering, healing, aging and dying as human experiences.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of scholarships. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

Degree Details


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St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.



Career Outlook

Students who complete a Health Humanities major or minor, along with required science courses outside the program, will be exceptionally well-prepared for admission to medical school, physician assistants programs and other health science graduate programs. This program is also ideal for students interested in law school, earning a graduate degree in public health or pursuing an administrative career in the healthcare industry.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, German, Ojibwe and Spanish.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.