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Religion, Health and Medicine

Designed for students with both research and professional interests in medicine and health, this concentration complements undergraduate study in the Global Health program, courses in medical anthropology, and the “Pre-Med” curricular preparation for application to medical schools. Courses allow students to explore religion in relation to such topics as: bioethics; medicine and suffering; death and dying; and fertility and reproduction.



All Religious Studies majors take the following core courses:

  1. Religion 170, Introduction to the Study of Religion; or Religion 172, Introduction to Religion, Media, and Culture
  2. Religion 395, Capstone Senior Majors Seminar in “Theories of Religion”

Concentrators choose 3 courses from their concentration’s list of approved courses as part of their degree credit total. They take 5 additional Religious Studies courses (in consultation with department adviser), and take 2 courses from Northwestern’s Global Health Studies Program for a total of 12 credits. Students have access to a full updated list each year posted on our departmental web site.

First-year (100-level) seminars do not count toward degree credit. All double counting policies apply.

Check our current course schedule to see which classes are approved for the concentration.