All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

Students who are pursuing the B.A. in Health and Society are required to take at least 84 credits of coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Navigating a cross-college major, multiple majors, or dual degrees can be complex, so all Health and Society majors should meet with an academic advisor to ensure their course plans are suitable.

33 credits in major courses, including:

HSCI 1100Introduction to Public Health3
HSOC 1600/SOC 1300Health Care in America3
HSOC 1700/ANTH 1190Global Health Devel & Diversit3
Choose 1 of the following:3
STAT 1110
Elements of Statistics
STAT 1410
Basic Statistical Methods 1
ARTS & SCIENCES (CAS) INTERMEDIATE COURSES. 1-2 courses/3-6 credits from the following:3-6
ANTH numbered 2170 to 2199
ANTH 2170
Culture, Health and Healing
ANTH 2181
Aging in Cross-Cultural Persp
ANTH 2191
Foundations of Global Health
ANTH 2205
Gender Sex Race & the Body
PSYS 2500
SOC numbered 2260 to 2339
SOC 2260
Crim Justice & Public Health
SOC 2300
Population Health Research
SOC 2320
Sociology of Death & Dying
SOC 2335
Gender, Sexualities & Medicine
NON-CAS INTERMEDIATE COURSES. Up to 1 course/3 credits from the following:0-3
HLTH 2050
Cultural Health Care
HLTH 2070
Human Health & the Envirnmt
HSCI 2300
Health Promotion
HSCI 2500
Health Communication
HSCI 2600
Racism and Health Disparities
NFS 2114
Human Health in the Food Syst
NFS 2143
Nutrition in the Life Cycle
NR 2810
Environmental Justice
CAS ADVANCED COURSES. 1-2 additional courses/3-6 credits from the following:3-6
ANTH numbered 3170 through 3199
ANTH 3192
Anthro Research Global Health
ANTH 3475
Research in Hum Biol Diversity
ECON 3850
Topics in: Health Economics
ECON 4850
Topics in: Health Ec (W)
POLS 3490
Health Politics and Policy
PSYS 3510
Intro to Health Psychology
SOC numbered 3300 through 3339
SOC 3300
Health: Race, Class, & Gender
SOC 3335
Sociology of Reproduction
METHODS. Students are encouraged to take one advanced Methods course with a health-related project or placement. Choose up to 1 additional course/3 credits from the following:0-3
CAS Advanced Methods:
ANTH 3130
Ethnographic Field Methods
ANTH 3192
Anthro Research Global Health
ANTH 3475
Research in Hum Biol Diversity
GEOG 3505
Spatial Analysis
POLS 4310
VT Legislative Research Srvc
SOC 3500
Qualitative Research Methods
Non-CAS Advanced Methods:
EDFS 3090
Intro to Research Methods
HSCI 3300
Hlth Promotion Prog Plan/Eval
STAT 3000
Med Biostat&Epidemiology
NON-CAS ADVANCED COURSES. Up to 1 course/3 credits from the following: 0-3
CSD 3200
Culture of Disability
HSCI 3100
Epi, Pub Hlth & Emerg Disease
NFS 5245
Nutrition for Global Health
NR 3360
Women, Health and Environment
Course offerings for Health and Society vary frequently and often include Special Topics, Topics In, and Honors College courses. Before registration each semester, a list of eligible courses is posted as a See Also list in the Schedule of Courses (Classic Version). Many of those courses will not show up immediately in students’ degree audits. The courses listed in this table are always eligible and should automatically be applied in degree audits.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OR ABOVE CAS ELECTIVE. 1-3 additional courses/3-9 credits in CAS courses at the 2000-level or above chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include:3-9
ANTH 2242
People, Poison, Place
GEOG 2550
Qualitative Research Methods
HST 2790
The Holocaust
PSYS 3505
Behav Disorders of Childhood
REL 2652
Mysticism & Shamanism
SOC 2220
Sociology of the Holocaust
SOC 3332
Transgender Studies
ANTH numbered 2170 to 2199, PSYS 2500, SOC numbered 2260 to 2339
ANTH numbered 3170 through 3199, ECON 3850, ECON 4850, POLS 3490, PSYS 3510, SOC numbered 3300 through 3339
OPEN ELECTIVES. Up to 6 additional credits chosen from eligible courses and experiences, which regularly include:0-6
CAS Courses: ANTH 1100, ANTH 1400, ECON 1400, ECON 1450, PSYS 1400, REL 1650, SOC 1320, SOC 1500
Non-CAS Courses: ASCI 1090, CDAE 1020, HSCI 1200, HSCI 1300, NFS 1043, SWSS 1040
Special Topics (CAS): HSOC 1990, HSOC 2990, HSOC 3990, HSOC 4990
Internship (CAS): HSOC 2991, HSOC 4991; or CAS 2920 or CAS 2991 with an appropriate placement
Teaching Assistantship (CAS) : HSOC 2994, HSOC 3994, HSOC 4994
Undergraduate Research (CAS): HSOC 3995, HSOC 4995
Honors (CAS): HSOC 4996
For interdisciplinary exposure, no more than 21 credits for the major can come from a single course prefix.
Graduate-level courses, including those in Public Health, may be accepted as advanced courses or electives with prior approval from a Health & Society advisor. Graduate courses are often open to upper-level undergraduate students with instructor permission.
Students who are pre-health should take (BIOL 1400 and BIOL 1450) or (BCOR 1400 and BCOR 1450) or (BCOR 1425 and BCOR 2500) to meet their Natural Science Catamount Core Curriculum requirement.


A maximum of 9 credits may overlap between the HSOC major and the Public Health AMP (e.g., PH 6010, PH 6020, and/or PH 6030). Students may not count both STAT 3000 and PH 6030 toward the HSOC major.


Introductory and intermediate courses for various subject areas may be necessary to reach some of the courses that can be applied to the major.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.