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It varies school to school. Best bet would be to take a college writing course and a literature course. However, some schools require additional humanities, so that class would work as well. IMO take what you want, whatever makes you happy and do well.
 
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When med schools say that they require an english class, does it have to be a class in pure english? For instance, if I wanted to take a humanities class that is heavy in writing and analyzing literature (arguably what you would do in an english class), why is the prerequisite a specific english class? I thought it might be to improve your critical reading (and thus CARS section on the MCAT), but I feel like you could gain those skills for another class. I'm just curious about this--no ulterior motives here. What do you guys think?
Some schools will allow you to substitute a writing-intensive class for an English class, but you'd have to petition each school individually for permission if exceptions aren't discussed on the school's website.
 
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When med schools say that they require an english class, does it have to be a class in pure english? For instance, if I wanted to take a humanities class that is heavy in writing and analyzing literature (arguably what you would do in an english class), why is the prerequisite a specific english class? I thought it might be to improve your critical reading (and thus CARS section on the MCAT), but I feel like you could gain those skills for another class. I'm just curious about this--no ulterior motives here. What do you guys think?

Thanks!
I suggest that you visit each school's Admissions website and see what they have to say. For example, here is U UT:

Writing/Speech
One year of courses that emphasize written and/or verbal communication
 
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