Health and Societies: Disease and Culture, 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 more information: https://hss.sas.upenn.edu/undergraduate/health-societies-major
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 Electives||20|
|HSOC 0480||Health and Societies||1|
|or HSOC 0490||Comparative Medicine|
|HSOC 2002/SOCI 2000||Sociological Research Methods||1|
|or HSOC 2202||Health of Populations|
|or SOCI 2220||Health of Populations|
|HSOC 0400||Medicine in History||1|
|or HSOC 1411||American Health Policy|
|or HSOC 1401||The Peoples Health|
|HSOC 1382||Introduction to Medical Anthropology||1|
|or HSOC 1222||Medical Sociology|
|HSOC or STSC Electives|
|Select 3 HSOC or STSC Electives||3|
|Disease & Culture Concentration|
|HSOC 2401||Social Determinants of Health||1|
|or HSOC 4303||Disease & Society|
|Select 5 courses:||5|
|Disease and Human Evolution|
|Cultures of Science and Technology|
|Medicine and the Language of Pain|
|Freud: The Invention of Psychoanalysis|
|Science of Sex & Sexuality|
|Medicine in History (if not used for core historical requirement)|
|The Peoples Health (if not used for core historical requirement)|
|History of Bioethics|
|Fundamentals of Epidemiology|
|Social Determinants of Health|
|Birth Culture and Medical Technology|
|Disease & Society|
|Obesity and Society|
|Health of Populations|
|Science Technology and War|
|Capstone Research Requirement|
|Select 1 4000-level HSOC or STSC Research Seminar||1|
|Total Course Units||34|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.6 in the major and 3.3 overall.
|HSOC 4400||Research Seminar Health and Society||1|
|HSOC 4980||Honors Thesis||1|
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.