Humanities for Pre-Med Students

Below is Constellations’ webinar on writing humanities research papers created for students interested in fulfilling the intensive writing expectation of the UW School of Medicine. All Constellations classes are designed to help students meet these requirements.


Increasingly premedical requirements for Medical Schools across the country—including the University of Wisconsin’s Medical School—include the humanities. The UW School of Medicine requires that students applying to the MD program demonstrate strong written communication skills by taking a writing-intensive course in a humanities or social science that includes a paper that meets the following criteria:

  • Be a substantial research paper
    • Present a thesis or argument based on peer-reviewed or primary sources  
  • Be a minimum of 2000 words
    • not including title page, bibliography, or appendices   
  • Integrate at least 4 sources
    • Sources must be listed in works cited / bibliography

This video was created by our talented Mellon-Morgridge Fellows in the Humanities. Each year our program provides funding for exceptional humanities graduate students to pursue their research, support our Mellon-Morgridge Humanities Professors in their work, and develop our program.

Iseult Gillespie has worked with Constellations from 2018-20. She is a PhD Candidate in the English Department. Her dissertation, entitled “Biological Imaginaries: Invisible Disability and the New Genres of the Body,” explores the disabled body in contemporary autobiographical literature, art, and performance.

Caroline Hensley is a PhD student in the English Department, who completed her MA in December 2019. Her research focuses on critical race theories, postcolonial studies, and health humanities.