The Literature, Medicine, and Culture program in the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) supports three undergraduate programs: the ECL major concentration in Science, Medicine, and Literature; the ECL BA/MA program in Literature, Medicine, and Culture; and the Honors minor in Medicine, Literature, and Culture. All of these programs are supported by LMC program courses and HHIVE Lab programming and mentorship.
This interdisciplinary major program is designed for students with interests in the humanities who hope to pursue a career in healthcare. Students earn a BA in English & Comparative Literature with a concentration in Science, Medicine, and Literature by combining the ECL core curriculum with electives (in ECL and other departments) that focus on health, science, and medicine.
Current English & Comparative Literature majors at UNC are eligible to apply to the dual-degree BA/MA program. The program allows for the accelerated completion of both a bachelor’s a master’s degree in English & Comparative Literature, typically within 5 years.
The interdisciplinary Honors minor in Medicine, Literature, and Culture was developed in collaboration with Honors Carolina and the Department of Social Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine. It encourages students to explore the cultural and historical dimensions of medical practice by viewing the practice of medicine not simply as an application of chemical and biological analyses of and interventions in the functioning of the human body but also as a cultural practice embedded in changing ideas of disease, health, doctors, patients, medical institutions, and ethics. The minor is available to students accepted into Honors Carolina and to any undergraduate student who has achieved and maintains a grade point average of 3.00 or better.Please visit the individual program page for more information about program requirements, eligibility, and admissions