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Pre-med option

Pre-Med Option for Classics Majors

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine, but also fascinated by the study of classical languages, history, and literature? You don’t have to choose between these two programs of study. Motivated students can earn a BA in Classical Humanities and complete the pre-med program of study at the same time. You simply take the pre-med courses as your electives. With careful planning and the proper preparation, you can do this in four years.

Combining these two programs of study may also improve your career options. Increasingly, medical schools are looking for well-rounded students who have both strong science training and broad interpersonal and intercultural skills. Majoring in Classics will give you the cultural competence doctors of tomorrow will need to communicate effectively with their patients.

The Classics major also prepares students to excel on the standardized test (MCAT) required for entrance into medical school. In fact, data indicates (PDF) that humanities majors outperform many science majors on this test.

Sample Four-Year Program of Study (PDF)
The pre-med program at WSU

For further information, contact:

Jacqueline Neal, Director, Pre-Health Programs 
Ava Chamberlain, Chair, Department of Religion 

1

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • BIO 1120
  • ENG 1100
  • CHM 1210
  • MTH 1280
Spring Semester
  • BIO 1150
  • CHM 1220
  • MTH 1350 OR 2240
  • Core (PSY)
Summer Semester
  • CLS Elective
  • CLS Elective
  • Core Course (SOC)
  • Core Course

*The mathematics placement examination is used to determine the intial mathematics course.  This sample curriculum assumes that the student is proficient in College Algebra I and recieved a level of 4 or higher on their math placement test.

2

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • CHM 2110
  • PHY 1110
  • GR/LAT Language
  • (rec: BIO 2110 or ANT 3100)
Spring Semester
  • CHM 2120
  • PHY 1120
  • ENG 2100
  • GR/LAT Language
Summer Semester
  • (study for MCAT)
  • MCAT (August)
  • (rec: BIO 2120 or ANT 3120)

3

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • GR/LAT Language
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • *Elective
  • CLS Elective
  • Core Course
Spring Semester
  • GR/LAT Languagw
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • *Elective
  • CLS Elective
  • Core Course
Summer Semester

*Apply to Medical School* (Application in by Aug. 1)

*Elective: 3000/4000 level; recommended science course

4

Senior Year


Fall Semester
  • GR/LAT Language
  • CLS Elective
  • *Elective
  • Core Course
  • Core Course
Spring Semester
  • CLS Elective
  • *Elective
  • CLS 4100
  • Core Course
Summer Semester

*Elective: 3000/4000 level; recommended science course

Hours needed to graduate: 124