Health, Medicine, and Society


Zach Olson, Assistant Academic Director

Degree name
Minor in Health, Medicine and Society


The mission of the Social and Cultural Studies programs is to offer a vigorous and exciting broad-based liberal arts education with an emphasis on cultural, global, and political dynamics. The programs provide a combination of theoretical, scientific, practical and experiential approaches to understanding and solving human problems. Issues of gender, race, class, and culture, as well as hands-on learning, are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Our goal is to graduate students with marketable skills that prepare them for careers in a variety of public and social services and/or for graduate study in related areas.

Minor Description

A minor in Health, Medicine, and Society is an interdisciplinary, social scientific study of health and medicine. It encompasses anthropological, sociological, psychological, and political science investigations of health and illness. This minor prepares students for a myriad of careers that directly or indirectly relate to a variety of fields in the medical professions.

Curricular Requirements

To complete the minor in Health, Medicine, and Society students must complete six (6) three (3) credit courses in anthropology, sociology, and related social science or medically related disciplines. Also, four of the total courses must be completed in anthropology or sociology. The electives may come from a variety of fields depending on the specific course. Students may count courses taken in the Core Curriculum as part of the minor. Students in Sociology or Applied Social and Cultural Studies may not count courses toward the major and the HMS minor. One course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

Must take one (1) of the following: Credits
ANT 102 - Cultural Anthropology or SOC 150- Introduction to Sociology 3
Must take 5 electives, including at least one (1) at the 300 level or above. Courses should be chosen from the list below. Other courses can be substituted with the permission of the academic director. Credits
ANT 118 - Applied Anthropology 3
ANT 211 - Medical Anthropology 3
ANT 425 - Sex, Gender, Sexuality 3
HWOS 432 - Disability Studies and Inclusive Communities 3
PHI 201 - Biomedical Ethics 3
PSY 250 - Human Life Span Development 3
PSY 325 - Psychology of Aging 3
PSY 370 - Drugs, Society, and Behavior 3
PSC 325 - Politics and Public Health 3
PUB 200 - Foundations in Public Health 3
SOC 224 - Family, Health, and Social Change 3
SOC 228 - Sociology of Aging 3
SOC 275 - Sociology of Food and Health 3
SOC 355 - Medical Sociology 3
Total 15
Total Credits 18

Learning Outcomes

Students in all Social and Cultural Studies programs will explore the world and its diverse people, environments, social/cultural structure, and languages by employing sociological and anthropological theory, research design, analysis, experiential learning, and critical assessment methods. As a result, at the completion of all Social and Cultural Studies programs:

Students will be able to recognize and evaluate the nature of social evidence and in doing so be able to articulate and apply appropriate terminology, theoretical and methodological procedures to the examination of society, culture, and languages across time and space.

Transfer Credit


Financial Information


Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.