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The Minor in Bioethics and Humanities is designed for students aspiring toward careers in the health sciences and the health professions. Courses address ethical issues in the practice of health care and the conduct of health sciences research and provide students with an appreciation of the history, philosophy, and culture of medicine and the health sciences. Located in the School of Medicine, the Department of Bioethics and Humanities is devoted to teaching and research in bioethics and the humanities. The Department offers the only minor program available for undergraduates in the School of Medicine.
DECLARING THE B H MINOR: The Registrar requires thats tudents declare a majorand have completed a minimum of 45 credits before declaring a minor. To add a minor, the current rules require that the student’s major advisor sign the minor declaration paperwork in order to ensure that students meet university satisfactory progress requirements. Fill out a change-of-major/minor form available at your major department advising office, Schmitz Hall, Rm. 225, or the Undergraduate Advising Center, 171 Mary Gates Hall. If you are considering a Minor in Bioethics and Humanities, we encourage you to make an appointment with us to discuss how the B H Minor might fit with your goals and course schedule. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting with our advisor or if you have any questions.
COMPLETING THIS MINOR will require at least two years, as many courses are offered only once a year or in alternate years. It is preferable to allow three years, beginning with 100-300 level elective courses in the sophomore year. Junior standing is required to enroll in most of our courses even if you are a declared minor. PLAN AHEAD! No substitutions will be allowed for either core or elective courses.
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Requirements: 25 credits of Bioethics & Humanities and related courses (15 of which must be B H ) with a minimum of 2.0 GPA required in each course presented for the minor. This information is all available on the minor worksheet which will be very helpful to keep track of your progress.
Courses must be distributed as follows:
Total of 25 credits includes core courses. Any of the courses listed above in 1) and 2) may be used as electives if they are not counted toward the core requirements.
*Signifies a core course. If a B H course is cross-listed with another department’s course, B H credits toward the required 15 credits will be accepted.
The Department of Bioethics & Humanities is in the School of Medicine. Courses and related information are listed under School of Medicine in the Time Schedule and the UW General Catalog.
B H undergraduate courses will require entry (add) codes during registration period one. Entry codes will only be distributed to declared B H minors only. Larger courses will open to all after registration period one ends on a first-come, first-served basis with no entry code required. Our smaller courses will still require entry codes, and we will begin wait lists after registration period one ends.
If you have questions about the minor, please contact the Program Coordinator, at 206-543-5145 or email@example.com.
Choose one of the following five core courses:
Electives: Additional credits from approved electives to total 25 credits for the program, including core courses (15 credits must be in B H courses). New electives are added annually so click here for a current list of the core and elective courses.
B H 402 Ethical Theory (5) I&S Jecker
B H 404 Metaethical Theory (5) I&S Jecker
B H 421 History of Eugenics (5) I&S Woiak
B H 440 Philosophy of Medicine (5) I&S Jecker
B H 460 Responsible Conduct of Research (3) I&S
B H 497 Bioethics and Humanites Special Electives (*-, max. 30)
B H 499 Undergraduate Research (*, max. 5)
B H undergraduate research is open to juniors and seniors. You may request to complete an independent study project however we strongly encourage you to complete the minor using the course offerings. Faculty are limited on the number of IS credits they can supervise. A student should have in mind a particular project, or topic of interest, and some idea of how they propose to go about studying it independently. B H 499 enables students to investigate areas of intellectual interest that are substantially distinct from existing courses and/or to pursue modes of inquiry that are more intensive, specialized or innovative than those that are encountered in conventional course work.
This option involves a contract between the student and faculty sponsor to complete a specialized program of reading, research, or a distinct project with a plan for meetings, papers and other projects agreed upon at the outset. Students and faculty need to complete the BH499 Independent Study form and submit a copy to the Program Coordinator.
Students wishing to enroll in B H 499 should complete the following steps:
CREDITS AND TIME COMMITMENT
To conform to other course standards, the student is expected to participate in 3 hours of research activities per credit per week. This means that a 3 credit hour independent research study will involve 9 hours of research each week in addition to scheduled meetings with a faculty sponsor.
The Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book for Journalists, Policymakers, and Campaigns contains 36 overviews of issues in bioethics of high public interest, such as abortion, health care reform, human and sports enhancement, organ transplantation, personalized medicine, medical error, and stem cells. The chapters, written by leading ethicists, are nonpartisan, presenting reasonable considerations from various perspectives that are grounded in good scientific and ethical facts. They each include recent news stories, clickable experts to contact, linked resources, and (where available) recent legislation and campaign positions. Greater detail on how to use the book is in the introduction. The three framing essays offer valuable insights into the historical and increasing relevance of bioethics to public policy.
Undergraduate Bioethics Journals: Cornell University, Princton University, and University of Pennsylvania publish undergraduate bioethics journals. Research and discussion based articles are published primarily from undergraduate students at schools throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.Follow @EngagedEthics
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