Liberal Arts: Health Humanities, AA

Room: M-Building, M-405

Phone: (718) 349-4097


This major offers a vital foundation for all students moving toward a career in health care and students interested in degrees and careers in social work, public health, health education, and psychology, among others. As a Health Humanities student, you will broaden your understanding of health and health care through courses highlighting topics such as medical ethics; the relationship between literature, art, and medicine; health communication; public health; and psychology. You will learn about the ways in which factors like race, class, nationality, gender, and religious belief systems intersect with individual and collective experiences of health and illness. You will develop skills such as analytical and integrative thinking, empathic listening, and observation to create a strong foundation for any health care related field you may be interested in. Applying a well-rounded and holistic understanding of health and health care will enhance your ability to become a responsible and successful health care provider.

Are You Interested In...

  • Understanding and helping others?
  • Finding creative solutions to complex issues?
  • Learning about health and health care in various cultural and sociohistorical contexts?
  • Working in a health care or health-related profession?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Thinking critically about the relationship between health, health care, and culture
  • Understanding illness and health in the context of diverse personal and cultural narratives
  • Applying knowledge from disciplines such as literary studies, philosophy, and psychology to the study of health and illness
  • Ethical implications of medical interventions
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Analysis and evaluation of visual art and literary texts

What makes this major unique?

The Liberal Arts: Health Humanities option is unique in its interdisciplinary approach to health and health care. Rather than focusing on a single methodology and perspective, we seek to bring together multiple disciplinary approaches (including the humanities, health sciences, and social sciences) for a deeper understanding of the complexity of experiences of health, disability, and illness. Highlighting interdisciplinary critical inquiry of the social determinants and ethical contexts of health, our program will benefit students interested pursuing health careers and any student interested in an in-depth exploration of the human dimensions of health and medicine.

Career Possibilities

A Health Humanities degree prepares students to work in many health care and health-care related fields. For instance, students may transfer to four-year colleges to pursue degrees in nursing, physical or occupational therapy, social work, human services, public and community health, psychology, or liberal arts. The Associate Degree in Liberal Arts: Health Humanities may also serve as a complimentary degree for individuals who already hold degrees in specific health care fields, to strengthen their ability to understand and treat patients and clients.

  • Clinical health worker
  • Patient advocate
  • Public or community health worker
  • Social worker
  • Health educator
  • Counselor
  • Wellness director

Transfer Possibilities

  • CUNY School of Professional Studies – BA in Liberal Studies
  • New York Institute of Technology – BA/BS in Interdisciplinary Studies (Medical Humanities)
  • Many liberal arts, social work, community health and other programs

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 Credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101/ENA101 English Composition I – 3 credits (depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits*

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits*

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits 18
Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are required to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: 9 Credits
LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology (capstone) 3
LIN190 Pandemics in Global Context 3
English: 3 Credits
ENG103 The Research Paper 3
Health Sciences: 3 Credits
SCH160 Health and Wellness 3
Health Elective
Select one of the following:
SCN195 Community Health with SCN196 Community Health Lab
SCH215 The Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
HSS216 Interviewing and Counseling
Humanities: 6 Credits
HUC192 Health Humanities 3
HUP114 Medical Ethics 3
Social Sciences: 3 Credits
SSY101 General Psychology 3
Psychology Elective
Select one of the following:
SSY230 Abnormal Psychology
SSY240 Developmental Psychology
SSN184 Environmental Psychology
SSY112 Introduction to Dis/Ability

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