Faculty in the Health and Society major are committed to one-on-one advising to assist you in identifying your academic and career goals. Please visit the "Faculty"  page to view current Health and Society Advisors.

Successful academic advising happens when students and faculty advisors work together as a team. Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues; the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services office can help you to identify many other resources you may need, including free professional advising and support concerning student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more.

When you declare a Health and Society major, a faculty advisor in the program will provide assistance every step of the way, including:

  • Selecting courses that will fulfill the requirements of the major and degree while meeting your individual academic and personal goals
  • Planning for off-campus studies, undergraduate honors, research, internships and other opportunities as appropriate and desired
  • Developing an action plan for reaching your academic, personal and career goals, using the university’s Four-Year Plan for Career Success as a guide from your first year in the program
  • Candidly assessing your academic performance, and, if appropriate, suggesting specific strategies to improve
  • Identifying student services that may be particularly appropriate for your needs and interests

Additional Resources

Health and Society faculty are committed to helping you learn more about your chosen field of study and the opportunities associated with it. As nationally and internationally known scholars with successful careers, our faculty members have a wealth of expertise to share about careers, graduate programs, and related disciplines.

Health and Society: Some Possible Pathways

All HSOC Majors Take:
HSCI 1100, HSOC 1600/SOC 1300, and HSOC 1700/ANTH 1190


  • From here, students forge their own paths to fulfill their other major and minor requirements and gain the prerequisites for intermediate and/or advanced-level courses. Keep in mind that not all pathways go through to the advanced-level, and students need all of the prerequisites to take at least two advanced-level courses.

These are just a few of the possible pathways a student can take, and students are able to take more than one pathway to gain more than one specialization—often, students take two pathways to an advanced-level course: Pathways within the Major Document (PDF)


  •  Anthropology

   -Medical Anthropology and Global Health

   -Biological Anthropology and Human Biodiversity

  • Economics

   -Health Economics

  • Interdisciplinary

   -Aging and Disability

   -Environment and Health

   -Epidemiology and Biostatistics

   -Health Disparities and Public Health

   -Health Promotion, Communications, Project Planning, and Evaluation

   -Nutrition and Health

   -Premed Pathways

   -Qualitative Research on Health

   -Senior Thesis Pathways

  • Political Science

   -Health Policy and Politics

  •  Psychology

   -Health Psychology

  • Sociology

   -Sociology of Health and Health Care, Population Health, and Intersectional Health

   -Sociology of Gender, Sexuality, Reproduction, Health, and Medicine

  •  English Literature

    - Health in Literature and Film

  • Religion

   -Religion and Health