Medicine and Dentistry

Students may major in virtually anything and subsequently attend medical school or dental school, as long as during the undergraduate degree they complete the medical or dental prerequisite courses. Using a degree in American Studies as a springboard for entry into medical or dental school can make great strategic sense. American Studies’ commitments to studying the diverse cultures of the United States from many points of view may aid future medical and dental professionals in better relating to the diverse populations they are committed to serving. Furthermore, when a student is applying to medical or dental schools, a degree in American Studies, especially when it is paired with the right test scores and GPA, may help the applicant to stand out from the more typical applicants from the STEM fields. For further thoughts on how a liberal arts major like American Studies may be especially useful to students preparing for degrees in medicine, see Armaan Rowther’s article “Why Premedical Students Need the Liberal
Arts.”