The Scholars' Program in Humanities and Medicine encourages students who are planning a career in medicine to major in a humanities or humanistic social science field. Medical schools admit students who major in every humanities and social sciences area, from English, Fine Arts and Music, to History, Anthropology and Political Science, as long as they have taken the required science courses.

Majors in the humanities and humanistic social sciences focus on understanding human beings within their larger emotional and social contexts, which is exactly what patients are: individuals who seek health care with the richness of their own lived experiences helping them to make sense of suffering and healing. Health care is never carried out in isolation from the economic, social and political realities of contemporary society. These majors assist students in developing the strong reading, writing and verbal skills that help doctors to communicate effectively with each other, with their communities and, most importantly, with their patients.

HMED Scholars are eligible for the Linda and Charles Wilson Humanities in Medicine Scholarship.



Scholars' Program Application

Download this form, fill it out, and turn it in to the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (127 Love Library South) in order to apply for the Scholars' Program.

Application form

On the art and science of medicine

"The making of a physician really begins in earnest with the undergraduate college curriculum vaguely referred to as 'pre-med.' Since pre-medical studies comprise approximately one-third of the years of education of a physician, it is important to examine the objectives and content of the pre-medical curriculum. Is the purpose of pre-med simply to prepare the student for medical school or is it to prepare for a medical career?" C.W.

C.W. - Charles Wilson, M.D. a Lincoln physician and former member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, from his "A Perspective on Pre-Medical Education," Nebraska Medical Journal (1992).

Dr. Wilson majored in English.

To be considered a Humanities in Medicine Scholar, a student must:

  • • fill out an application (download the form at the left).
  • • major in one of the approved humanities or social sciences at the right.
  • • participate in at least one Humanities in Medicine lecture or event each year.
  • • register with the Arts & Sciences Advising Center each year.
  • • complete at least one professional shadowing or volunteer experience each year.
  • • complete one of the courses approved for the Humanities in Medicine core.
  • • complete two elective courses from the list of those approved for the Humanities in Medicine Program.*
*With the permission of the pre-health advisor and the faculty coordinator, other courses that fulfill the Program's intent may be subsituted for those on the list of approved electives.


On preparing for medical school

"From my conversations with numerous high school and college students who are in or are considering a pre-medical program, it is apparent that many of these students pursue a science major during pre-med not by choice but because they think that otherwise they would be at a competative disadvantage for admission to, and success in, medical school." C.W.

On preparing for life:

"Pre-medical studies should provide the intellectual foundation on which to build both a successful career in medicine and an enlightened and satisfying life as a member of society. The breadth and substance of that foundation will affect the ability of the physician to serve effectively in the many roles which may be expected of him or her, such as healer, counselor, advocate, scientist, technician, analyst, philosopher, citizen and leader." C.W.

Approved Majors

Art History
Classical Languages
Classics and Religious Studies
Communication Studies
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
Film Studies
Great Plains Studies
Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Political Science
Women's and Gender Studies