HEALTH HUMANITIES | First in Kansas


Health humanities is a fast-growing field that brings together the arts and the sciences to address the health and well-being of the whole person. Baker is the only university in Kansas to offer this multidisciplinary major, which means Baker students have a unique opportunity usually only available to
 students at much larger institutions. Health humanities embodies Baker’s forward-thinking approach to undergraduate education.

The flexible curriculum encourages students to develop their individual interests and prepares them for a variety of careers, such as health care administration, public health and health promotions, patient care coordination, patient advocacy, and pharmaceutical sales. Health humanities graduates work for nonprofit organizations, state or federal government, hospitals, medical offices, and insurance companies. With further education, they can go on to become art therapists, medical illustrators, medical librarians, medical historians, or health lawyers.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

Since 2000, the number of health humanities programs has more than quadrupled in the United States, and Baker University is excited to be the first institution in Kansas to offer this cutting-edge program.

STRONGER LEADERS IN HEALTH CARE

Recent studies report that students who major in health humanities programs see improved performance in pre-medicine and health graduate programs, in health care delivery, and in health care leadership.

FLEXIBLE CURRICULUM & PERSONAL ATTENTION

The variety within this multidisciplinary program encourages critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and problem-solving skills. Our small classes ensure students get personal attention from faculty members and engage in robust discussions with classmates.

PREPARATION FOR GRAD SCHOOL

When paired with a major in the natural sciences or the behavioral and social sciences, a health humanities major or minor helps prepare students for graduate work or health professions programs.

The number of undergraduate health humanities programs in the U.S. has more than quadrupled since the year 2000, and I am thrilled that Baker University is now home to the first and only one in Kansas. Graduates in this rapidly growing field of study are in high demand because they are well-rounded, holistic thinkers who demonstrate factual knowledge and practical skills as well as the ability to engage in humanistic inquiry. Dr. Tamara Slankard

Associate Professor of English

CAREERS

Our health humanities program, either by itself or as part of a double major, provides a strong foundation for graduate studies, further training, and a variety of careers.

  • Health care administration
  • Public health and health promotions
  • Patient care coordination
  • Patient advocacy
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Art therapy
  • Medical illustrators, librarians, or historians

%

of Baker graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.

Course Requirements
All students majoring in Health Humanities must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Health Humanities majors must also successfully complete (earn a grade of C or higher) a minimum of 40 credit hours following the curriculum below. Note: An individual course may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement for the major.
All of the following core courses (25 – 26 hours):

EN 152 Introduction to Writing and Research
EN 223 World Literature OR EN 224 Studies in World Literature
EN 226 Multi-Ethnic American Literature OR EN 228 Studies in American Ethnic Literature
EX 327 Public Health Communication and Literacy*
EX 388 Global Health Issues*
GS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies
PH 211 Logical and Critical Thinking
PY 382 Health Psychology* OR PY 386 Clinical and Counseling Psychology*
SO 372 Sociology of Medicine*

* Note: These courses have prerequisites or require permission of the instructor to enroll.

Two of the following behavioral, health, or natural science courses, from two different disciplines (prefixes) (6-7 hours):
BI 125 Human Genetics
BI 151 Molecular and Cellular Biology
BI 246 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BI 262 Microbiology
CH 137 General Chemistry I
EX 245 Human Nutrition
PY 382 Health Psychology
PY 386 Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Two of the following humanities courses, from two different disciplines (prefixes) (6 hours):

EN 210 American Literature, Colonial Period to 1890
EN 212 American Literature since 1890
EN 215 Studies in a Literary Genre
EN 218 Studies in a Literary Theme or Movement
EN 223 World Literature
EN 224 Studies in World Literature
EN 226 Multi-Ethnic American Literature
EN 228 Studies in American Ethnic Literature
EN 232 Poetry Writing I
EN 234 Fiction Writing I
IN 101 Introduction to International Studies
IN 212 Global Problems
PH 115 Introduction to Philosophy: A Historical Approach
PH 120 Ethics
PH 270 World Philosophies
PH 310/PS 310 Social Justice: Theory and Practice
PS 201/PH 201 History of Western Political Thought I
PS 202/PH 202 History of Western Political Thought II
PS 203 Public Policy Analysis
PS 210 American State and Local Government
PT 212 People of the Book
QS 212, relevant theme, with prior approval of the Health Humanities faculty

One upper-college humanities course (EN, FR, GN, IN, PH, PS, or SP prefix) (3 hours). Note: EN 262 and EN 362 are meant for Education majors and do not count towards the Health Humanities major or minor.

SUPPORTING COURSEWORK
All Health Humanities majors earn the Bachelor of Arts degree, and must therefore complete a world languages course sequence through number 204. Health Humanities majors are also required to successfully complete a minor in a discipline of their choice. (Students with a second major are exempted from the minor requirement.) Depending on their future plans and career goals, students may choose to design an interdisciplinary minor in consultation with Health Humanities faculty. However, interdisciplinary minors are not posted on student transcripts.
Scholarships
The Department of Humanities gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following years tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship
  • Dr. Irene Murphy Memorial Scholarship
  • Etta and Orin Murphy Scholarship Kahle Endowed Scholarship
  • Kahle Endowed Scholarship
  • The Moorman Prize for Prose Writing
  • The Moorman Prize for Poetry Writing
  • Jefferson-Greiner Scholarship
The Department of Behavioral and Health Sciences gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Psychology
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Exercise Science
  • Benjamin A. Gessner Award
  • Thomas G. Manson and Frances B. Manson Scholarship
  • Robert L. Miller Scholarship

STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

DIALOGOS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."

Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."

BOOK Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

BOOK Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

FACULTY

Tamara Slankard

Dr. Tamara Slankard

Associate Professor of English | tamara.slankard@bakerU.edu

B.A. Belmont University, M.A. University of Tulsa, Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook
Expertise: American literature, modernism, women’s and gender studies, cultural studies
Office: Case 305E | 785.594.8433

Joanne JanssenDr. Joanne Nystrom Janssen

Associate Professor of English | joanne.janssen@bakerU.edu

B.A. Bethel University, M.A. Ball State University, Ph.D. University of Iowa
Expertise: British literature, 19th century literature and culture, periodical culture, postcolonial and world literature
Office: Case 305B | 785.594.8394

Erin HoltDr. Erin Holt

Associate Professor of Exercise Science | erin.holt@bakerU.edu
“A lot of my focus is getting students active during curricular lessons, plus research shows that if you’re up and active while you’re learning, you’re going to retain more and learn it easier. I want students to feel comfortable enough outside of class to come and talk to me, as well. I think that’s important because they are here for an education and I’m here to teach, so we should teach the whole person.”

B.A. Park University, M.A. Southeast Missouri State, Ed.D. Delta State University
Office: Mabee Hall 404 | 785.594.4542

Chris ToddenDr. Chris Todden

Director of Exercise Science, Associate Professor of Exercise Science | chris.todden@bakerU.edu
“Our exercise science majors gain a very good understanding of physical stress, both negative and positive, on the body. Seeing the pride in the students as they explain what they’ve learned and present their work is without a doubt one of the best parts of my job.”

B.A. Buena Vista University, M.S. Western Illinois University, Ed.D. University of South Dakota
Office: Mabee Hall 405 | 785.594.8440

CONTACT US

Barbara Coffey
Assistant, Department of Humanities
Office: Case Hall 105
785.594.8439
barbara.coffey@bakerU.edu