Healthcare Today Engaged Living Furman UniversityLearn about various aspects of the healthcare industry. Consider the major challenges and issues facing patients, providers, and communities while examining the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare professionals. Learn how to develop the skills and competencies required to be a successful member of a healthcare team. Visit local healthcare agencies and learn from healthcare professionals.


Fall: Students will be enrolled in one of the following healthcare focused first-year writing seminars (FYWs):

FYW 1195: Psychic Disorder and the Social Order (which fulfills the first-year writing seminar graduation requirement) explores how and why certain emotional states and patterns of thought become labeled pathological or disruptive. Consider what cultural values, both positive and negative, those psychic states have come to symbolize. Examine the tension between freedom and restraint that characterizes debates about psychic disorder through the reading of fiction in dialogue with both contemporary scientific accounts of mental function and its broader cultural context, and by connecting modern health debates to their historical origins. 

FYW 1282: Drugs and the Brain (which fulfills the first-year writing seminar graduation requirement) introduces students to the neurobiology of addiction and the stigmatization of addiction. During the semester, learn basic neurobiology and the addictive properties of various drugs such as nicotine, alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Discuss whether food can be considered addictive and examine how addiction is portrayed in the media.

You do not enroll in a specific class for the spring semester but instead participate in coordinated field visits led by the Pre-Health advisors to local healthcare facilities to gain a greater insight into how the healthcare system works, learning firsthand from local and national healthcare experts. Organizations may include the Greenville Health System, The Hawkins Foundation, National Healthcare Corporation, and Greenwood Genetics. ​​

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