Nathan Takes Courses That Interest Him: Video Transcript

Nathan Devore [junior Anthropology major]: When you declare that you want to be a pre-health student at Miami, there's a certain sequence of courses that you have to take to be prepared to apply and to be successful in medical school, but there isn't any premed major. So all the pre-health students have another major. Some of them are Microbiology; some of them are Zoology; some of them are English. Mine happens to be Anthropology.

So you get the best of both worlds, really, because you get a solid background in the hard sciences — in the organic chemistry and the physics and the biology — but you get all the benefits of a liberal arts curriculum. So, not only do you learn how to think like a liberal arts student, which is important no matter what you do, but you get all the perks that I think of as being a liberal arts student.

So, I decided that I was interested in the history of science, so I went and took a course in the history of science. Or I decided that I was interested in classical architecture, so I went and took a class in classical architecture. And those not only paved the way for some of my personal, tangential academic interests, but the liberal arts curriculum in Anthropology, in particular, really teaches you how to think and how to be a diagnostician.

How do we integrate everything that we know about a disease from a biological, social and cultural perspective and take that data and do something meaningful with it? So, what can we say about this epidemic based on both the biology and the culture of it? How does that impact what we do to plan an intervention? So, Anthropology, I think, is a great way of expanding on the liberal arts curriculum for premedical students, in particular, but for people interested in other pre-professional tracks as well.

[September 2010]