Sociology: Medical Sociology, BA

The Sociology major helps students identify and explain patterns of social life and human behavior by emphasizing how large-scale social phenomena (such as class, race, and gender inequality) affect the everyday experiences of individuals and vice versa. The major prepares students for a career in a variety of fields such as law, medicine and healthcare, marketing, education, scholarly and applied social research, social work, demography, journalism and media, management in the public and private sectors, administration, and government. The program offers comprehensive advising and significant research and independent study opportunities. Our program is dedicated to nurturing a strong community of scholars, helping them grow academically and professionally under the large-scale mission of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Conceptions of health and illness, although not uniform the world over or even in any one society, are of fundamental importance in every society. In this concentration, students focus on the following topics: How health is defined in various societies; how the ill are viewed by the well; how illness is treated; who the healers are, how they are trained, and what their position is in society; the relationships among the religion, class, gender, and age of the ill and their healers; and when and how public health policies are inaugurated.

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

A minimum of 11 course units must be in Sociology.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Introductory Course
SOCI 001Introduction to Sociology1
Sociological Theory
Select 1 course unit in Sociological Theory1
Social Research Methods
SOCI 100Sociological Research Methods1
Select 1 course unit in Advanced Research Methods1
Select 1 course unit in Statistics1
Medical Sociology Concentration
Select 3 course units in Concentration3
SOCI 101Bioethics
SOCI 111Health of Populations
SOCI 118Sociology of Bioethics
SOCI 175Medical Sociology
SOCI 231Special Topics in Sociology (Global Health)
SOCI 264Poverty, Race and Health
SOCI 277Mental Illness
Additional SOCI Courses
Select 4 course units in SOCI Free 24
SOCI or Related Courses
Select 2 course units in SOCI or Related2
Research Poster
Complete Research Poster
Total Course Units34

Honors

Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in the major.

SOCI 300Thesis Workshop1
SOCI 301Thesis Workshop II.5
SOCI 399Independent Study (Or Approved Course)1
Senior Thesis

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.