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Program faculty and students examine the many ways in which human health, healing practices, and health care are defined, perceived, and enacted. In addition the program explores ways in which access to health and health care are distributed, within and across populations. The HSOC minor requires a total of 18 credits as outlined below, with at least nine credits at the 100-level or above. 


Courses must be taken from the list provided by the Health and Society Major program.  For interdisciplinary exposure, no more than 12 credits shall be from any one discipline.

One required core introductory course (3 credits total)

  • HSCI 021: Introduction to Public Health 

One of the following additional core introductory courses (3 credits)

  • SOC 054: Health Care in America
  • ANTH 089: Global Health, Development, Diversity

One 100-level methods course (3 credits)

  • SOC 100: Fundamentals of Social Research
  • STAT 111 or 141: Elements of Statistics or Basic Statistical Methods

Nine additional credits in HSOC courses, with six of those credits at the 100-level or above:

  • These may include any of the courses listed above not already counted toward your minor, any courses listed as options for the HSOC major, and/or any courses listed HSOC elective courses.

A list of electives can be found here.

Please note that courses not used towards core requirements on this list can be used as electives. 

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Can I count credits toward a major and a minor in HSOC?

HSOC majors may not minor in HSOC.


Can I use the same courses to earn credits in my major and the HSOC minor?

No more than one course may overlap between a student’s major and minor. Students pursuing the health sciences major, the global health concentration in the anthropology major and/or the health and healing track in the environmental studies major should be especially mindful of this rule.

If pursuing an anthropology major, ANTH courses used for the HSOC minor are included in the 45-credit major rule.  If pursuing an environmental studies major, ENVS courses used for the HSOC minor are included in the 45-credit major rule.

In taking intermediate and/or upper level courses, HSOC minors need to be mindful of pre-requisites and plan ahead accordingly.

HSOC minors are encouraged to discuss their minor with both the HSOC minor advisor and their major advisor in order to tailor their plan of study to fit with their own particular strengths and interests.