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History, Health, & Humanities Minor

This innovative minor provides students with the tools and perspectives to study clinical issues through a different lens than the one provided by natural or social sciences, and amplifies the humanities components of the Judgement, Inquiry, Voice, and Engagement pillars that define the “Penn Advantage.”

Our program

Penn Nursing’s History, Health, & Humanities minor forges a bridge between the humanities and sciences to nourish students intellectually, build self-awareness, develop empathy, and consider social justice-related phenomena through a new lens. Throughout the minor’s six courses, it offers formalized opportunities for writing, both reflective and analytical, that extend beyond those available within the required nursing curriculum.

Students enrolled in the minor will be considered Bates Center associates and will be invited to lunches, dinners, and other events with visiting scholars and faculty.





  • Suffrage envoys from San Francisco greeted in New Jersey on their way to Washington to present a ...

    Reflections on Suffrage: The 19th Amendment at 100

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, Penn Today spoke to experts across the University, including the Barbara Bates Center’s Director Patricia D’Antonio and archivist Jessica Clark, to reflect on suffrage. 

  • Nurses Taking Charge

    Barbara Bates Center Director Patricia D’Antonio was interviewed on WHYY’s “The Pulse” about the changing role of nurses and the importance of nurse-to-patient ratios.