Believe it or not, medical schools not only value a solid training in biology and chemistry but also an extensive exposure to the Liberal Arts. We have been told that medical schools are particularly interested in applicants with a major or minor in philosophy or religious studies in addition to their premed requirements.
Why is this? Physicians, nurses, and many other health care professionals need to be culturally savvy, sensitive towards the religious needs of their patients, and astute in ethical reasoning.
This is where we come in. Our program offers courses that expose students to a variety of religious traditions, help students discern and respond to religious sensibilities different from their own, and provide tools of ethical decision-making. As one of our alumni said: “My biology major got me into med school, but my religion major got me through med school.”