Health and Societies: Bioethics and Society, BA

The Health and Societies (HSOC) major examines health and medicine in social context, equipping students with the critical faculties and multidisciplinary skills that will prepare them for careers in public health, health services, and a variety of other arenas. The program is built on the foundation of three core disciplines: anthropology, history, and sociology. Methods and courses from other disciplines and fields—including epidemiology, political science, business/economics, law, environmental studies, and bioethics—supplement the core disciplines and provide majors with the variety of skills necessary to grasp the forces that have shaped our contemporary health landscapes. The Health and Societies graduate is a "multilingual" scholar and citizen, fluent in the methods and perspectives of several social science disciplines--- theoretically informed but practically minded, with a global outlook and local experience.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Foundation Requirement
HSOC 010Health and Societies1
or HSOC 145 Comparative Medicine
Quantitative Methods
HSOC/SOCI 100Sociological Research Methods 21
or HSOC/SOCI 111 Health of Populations.
Core Discipline
HSOC 002Medicine in History1
or HSOC 150 American Health Policy
or HSOC 112 The Peoples Health
HSOC 238Introduction to Medical Anthropology1
or HSOC 275 Medical Sociology
HSOC or STSC Electives
Select 3 HSOC or STSC Electives3
Bioethics & Society Concentration
Select 1 Core Discipline course1
Select 1 Core Course1
Select 1 Philosophical & Religious Foundations course1
Select 1 Social & Institutional Contexts course1
Select 1 Technologies, Practices & Practitioners course1
Select 1 Law, Politics & Public Policy course1
Capstone Research Requirement
Select 1 400-level HSOC or STSC Research Seminar1
Total Course Units34


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.6 in the major and 3.3 overall.

HSOC 420Research Seminar Health and Society1
HSOC 498Honors Thesis1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.