Other Courses of Study

Minors, and the Pre-Health or Pre-Law Path, and More

Ethics (Minor)

Haldeman, Second Floor • 646-1263


For a listing of required and approved courses in the Ethics minor, visit the program website. For advice on this minor, contact Prof. Aine Donovan.


Global Health Certificate

Center for Global Health Equity, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Haldeman, First Floor 646-2023


Schedule time to meet with the Center for Global Health Equity Program Director Anne Sosin for more details.


Health Professions Program (Pre-Health Advising)

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Public Health & Other Health Professions

Health Professions Program, Parker House 646-3377  http://www.dartmouth.edu/prehealth/

The single most important advising tip for first-year students is to seek the guidance of a Health Professions Program (HPP) Advisor. This should be done early in the first term in order to plan a four-year schedule for completing required coursework. Misinformation may be passed along by fellow students, and so it is critical that students rely on HPP for information about the complex academic and extracurricular path to a health profession.

Students interested in pursuing a curriculum that will prepare them for medical, dental, or veterinary school, or other graduate schools in the health professions should contact Sarah Berger by e-mail or calling the number above.

Some important tips for students considering the pre-health track:

  • Dartmouth does not have a single, set pre-health curriculum, but does provide a wide array of routes students can take to fulfill requirements.
  • There are a significant number of pre-health requirements which can limit flexibility in course selection and options for off-campus programs.
  • Students arrive with different backgrounds and levels of preparation, so will move through the process at different rates. HPP advisors and faculty in academic departments can provide individualized advice about course selection and sequencing.
  • Students who do not have a strong background in the sciences are strongly encouraged to take a preparatory course, like Biology 2, before beginning the required pre-health courses.
  • Students are cautioned against taking two lab courses in the fall of the first year. In general, students are encouraged to enroll in one lab course per term until they have demonstrated the ability to handle the coursework.
  • Students should NOT use the NRO (non-recording option) in a course required for med/vet/dental school admission and should be very cautious about using it in any natural science course.
  • In some departments students may be granted course exemptions based on placement exams or previous academic experience (e.g. AP and IB scores). These exemptions allow student to enroll in advanced courses and also satisfy med/dental/vet school matriculation requirements.
  • Decisions about course selection and sequencing can have implications for when students are ready to take entrance exams (like the MCAT) and therefore when they will be able to apply to pre-health programs.
  • Students who are considering withdrawing from a course after the add/drop period should discuss this in advance with an HPP advisor.
  • Students who are struggling in the required science courses should seek advice from an HPP advisor. They should also take advantage of the resources offered by the Academic Skills Center and by faculty and academic departments.
  • Students CAN recover from one or more low grades in their first year. It is not uncommon for students to need to learn new study and learning strategies. Campus advising and resources can help students be successful even after an initial bump.
  • Students are encouraged to join the Nathan Smith Society which is a student organization that serves all students interested in the health professions. http://www.dartmouth.edu/nathan-smith/


International Studies Minor

Dickey Center for International Understanding, Haldeman, First Floor • 646-2023 Dickey.Student.Programs@dartmouth.edu


For more information and advice, contact ISM coordinator Amy Newcomb or Prof. Graziella Parati.


Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Carson Hall, Room 210 • 646-9280


Medieval and Renaissance Studies is a way of modifying a department major (History; Religion; Classics; English; Spanish and Portuguese; French and Italian) to emphasize the Medieval and Renaissance period.  For more information and advice, contact Prof. Christopher MacEvitt (Religion) or Prof. Cecilia Gaposchkin (History).


Pre-Law Advising

Center for Professional Development, 63 South Main St., Second Floor • 646-2215


In contrast to some other graduate programs, there are no pre-law requirements or suggested majors at Dartmouth. The American Bar Association does not make any recommendation about undergraduate majors in preparation for law school. Many pre-law students choose to major in law-related disciplines such as economics, government, history or philosophy, but this is not required. It is highly encouraged that students major in the subject area that interests them most; law schools like a diversity of academic backgrounds.

Pre-Law Coordinator and Advisor Zachary Vigliani in the Center for Professional Development is an excellent resource for advice. Zachary provides individual appointments for law school advising for undergraduates and alumni. She assists students with deciding if and when to go to law school, career exploration, advising on LSAT preparation, choosing schools, personal statements and various other aspects of the admission process.


Public Policy Minor

Rockefeller Hall • 646-3874


Coordinated by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, the Public Policy Minor is open to students from all majors and provides a coherent program of study in the field of public policy, broadly defined.