What kind of major do most medical schools require for admission? The answer: Any major!
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, as long as you meet medical school prerequisite course requirements, you can major in ANYTHING, including English, History, and Philosophy, and still be a competitive candidate for medical school—and perhaps be more than competitive, since your application may stand out. Since medical schools are looking for candidates with well-rounded experiences able to demonstrate a range of competencies, it can be to your advantage to complete a humanities major alongside basic and advanced coursework required at competitive medical schools. And majoring in a humanities field often improves scoring on the MCAT and other exams. Here’s how you can combine a humanities major with medical school prep work.
Most humanities majors are under 50 credits, leaving plenty of room to complete additional coursework that satisfies medical school requirements. Since most medical schools require foundational coursework in Biology, Chemistry (General and Organic), Physics, and Mathematics, you might take the following NSU courses to fulfill these requirements:
Up to 15 credits could be counted toward general education requirements.
In addition, with a humanities major, you would still have room for advanced preparation in courses like the following to help make you stand out as a competitive candidate. Some schools require specific additional or different requirements, so check with the schools you are interested in regarding their admission guidelines.
Meanwhile, consider the following courses as elective and/or general education courses that may further strengthen your qualifications as a medical school candidate: