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Liberal Arts Pathways Minors
Pathways Minor Perspectives on Culture and Health

The Pathway Minor is a 15-credit program of study intended to add depth to the learning experience within the general education core by integrating knowledge and praxis around themes of relevance to the students’ college and professional experiences from the perspectives of the humanities and the social sciences. 

Liberal Arts Perspectives on Culture and Health 

The Liberal Arts Perspectives on Culture and Health is a 15-credit program focused on equipping students with the tools to understand health and healing from multiple perspectives and the ability to understand and communicate with diverse communities. As part of the minor requirements, student will participate in an engaged experience that enables them to demonstrate their ability to interact and communicate with people from different cultures. This minor will benefit any student with an interest in cultural issues around health, and those who plans to pursue a career in health, counseling, and human or social services. 

As part of the urban research and health campus, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI has a commitment to preparing students to serve an increasingly global and multicultural populace. In particular, the School of Liberal Arts has identified health and medicine as an area of excellence with a deep well of faculty expertise. The interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Perspectives on Culture and Health Pathway Minor will help students improve the knowledge and skills to work with people from different cultures with the goal of enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities. 

Pathway Minor Learning Objectives: Liberal Arts Perspectives on Culture and Health 

  • Describe how differences in regionality, socioeconomic status, access to resources, race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, and other categories affect the health of individuals and communities around the world. This objective correlates to the Problem Solver category of the Profiles.
  • Demonstrate how to participate in public conversations about health, communicating and collaborating with others to expand understanding of health concerns in a variety of contexts. This objective correlates with the Communicator category of the Profiles.
  • Compare the experiences of individuals and groups whose experiences with health, illness, and wellness differ from one’s own, and recognize how such differences affect personal and professional experiences. This objective correlates with the Communicator and Community Contributor categories of the Profiles.
  • Apply understanding of key issues in health studies to an engaged learning experience or project using a high-impact practice that allows the student to make a contribution to broader public understanding of health. This objective correlates with the Innovator and Community Contributor categories of the Profiles. 

Prerequisites and Required Courses: 

Required courses for the minor (with minimum grades required): minimum grade of C. Students will complete 15 credit hours of approved Pathways courses, including 9 credit hours of: 

  • two foundational courses: ENG-W131 or ENG-W140 and COMM-R110 in which students in the Pathway Minor program will be required to complete modules and signature assignments designed to introduce them to Pathway Minor themes
  • one introductory Thematic Concentration course: MHHS-M 201 Introduction to Medical Humanities

Elective courses for the minor (with minimum grades required): minimum grade of C Students will also complete elective courses including:

  • 6 additional credit hours of approved courses from the following categories (see approved courses below):
  • intermediate Thematic Concentration and
  • advanced Engaged Learning Experience. 

Approved Courses for Liberal Arts Perspectives on Health and Human Culture Pathway Minor: 

NOTE: To ensure a robust interdisciplinary experience, students should not take more than two courses from any one department/program as part of the 15-credit pathway minor. 

Thematic Concentration:

  • ANTH-E 445: Medical Anthropology
  • COMM-G 391: Global Health
  • EALC-E 397: Traditional Chinese Medicine Culture
  • ECON-E 307/E387: Health Economics
  • FREN-F 334: French for the Medical & Technical World
  • GEOG-G 410: Medical Geography
  • MHHS-M 492: Ethics and Policy in Organ Transplantation
  • REL-R 300: Yoga, Health, and Mindfulness
  • SOC-R 381: Social Factors in Health & Illness 

Engaged Experience:

  • COMM-C 482: Intercultural Communication (Health-Focused) (Study Abroad-Poland)
  • EALC-E 351: Intercultural Understanding across the Health Care Disciplines (Study Abroad-Japan)
  • ENG-L 478: Illness Narrative (Faculty-Lead Research/Artistic Work)
  • HIST-H 418: History of International Humanitarian Assistance (Faculty-Lead Research)
  • REL-R 384: Religion, Ethics, and Health (Service Learning)
  • SOC-R 385: AIDS and Society (Service Learning) 


  1. Students may petition to have any 300-/400-level Liberal Arts elective with a RISE designation and health focus count toward their engaged experience. For example, a student may complete an internship, individual research project, service learning project, or study abroad with a health focus. 
  1. Students may petition to have one course from outside of the School of Liberal Arts count toward their pathway minor, if it meets the learning objectives. Examples of courses that can be petitioned to count include:
    1. General Education Core Courses:
      1. HLSC-H 250 Health & Rehabilitation Systems Across World
      2. HLSC-H 264 Disability & Society
      3. PBHL-S 120 Introduction to Community Health
    2. Thematic Electives:
      1. PBHL S315 Community Health
      2. PBHL S340 Cultural Competency in the Promotion of Health
    3. Engaged Experiences:
      1. Study Abroad (Public Health). 

Students may petition, either before or after taking a course, to count a course toward the minor. They will include: 

  • course number, title, instructor and term of instruction
  • a copy of the syllabus
  • statement of how the course meets specific Learning Outcomes of the minor
  • completed assignments (if course is finished) that best demonstrate Learning Outcomes