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Sociomedical Sciences Major

For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions or schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Medeiros, the major coordinator. Use this form to declare the major.

Program Requirements

Four Foundation Courses

  • SOCL 213 Sociology of Medicine. Offered every Fall.
  • ANTH 202 M/Nutrition, Disease & Health. Offered every Fall in-person and Winter & Summer sessions online.
  • ANTH 302 Medical Anthropology (PreReq: ANTH 202). Offered every Spring.
  • ANTH 306 Human Growth and Development (PreReq: ANTH 202). Offered every Spring.

One Capstone Course

  • ANTH 402 Sociomedical Sciences Capstone Research (PreReq: ANTH 302). Offered every Fall. 

Related Requirements

  • BIOL 103/104 Human Biology (4 credits) or BIOL 116/117 General Biology (5 credits)
  • MATH 242 or MATH 262 or PSYC 250* or SOCL 211 [These are all R/ courses]
  • INTD 270: Information Research Strategies (1 credit)

Foreign Language Note: Although it is not required, completing foreign language coursework through the 301 level is strongly recommended for students who want to enter a career in the allied health fields.

Exploratory Learning Electives. Select 21 credits from 3 different prefixes, 9 credits need to be at the 300 level or higher:

Group A: Core Courses (Take at least 15 credits)

  • ANTH 216: Race, Racism and the Black Experience in the Americas 
  • ANTH 238: Ethnomedicine in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • ANTH 311: Language and Healing (PreReq: ANTH 120 or ANTH 202)
  • ANTH 313: Global Health Issues (PreReq: ANTH 100 or ANTH 202)
  • ANTH 317: Human Osteology (PreReq: ANTH 105 or BIOL 103 or BIOL 116)
  • ANTH 336: Forensic Anthropology (PreReq: ANTH 105 or BIOL 103 or BIOL 116)
  • ANTH 343: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women’s Health (PreReq: ANTH 100 or ANTH 202)
  • ANTH 388: Anthropology of the U.S./Mexico Border (Winter Intersession Study Away). Request a DegreeWorks waiver for this course to be applied to the major.
  • BIOL 119: General Biology II (PreReq: BIOL 117)
  • BIOL 210: Nutrition (PreReq: Any 100-level Biology course)
  • BIOL 222 : Genetics (3 PreReqs: BIOL 119, and Math 112 or Math 221, and CHEM 118 or CHEM 204) OR BIOL 271: Heredity (PreReq: Any 100 level Biology course). [Students cannot take both BIOL 222 and BIOL 271 for major credit).
  • BIOL 318: M/Health & the Developing World (2 PreReqs: BIOL 117 and BIOL 119) 
  • BIOL 330: Immunology (Option for SMSc/Bio Double Majors Only) 
  • BIOL 334: Biology of Cancer (Option for SMSc/Bio Double Majors Only) 
  • BIOL 342: Parasitology (4 credits) (PreReq: BIOL 222, and CHEM 211 or 223, and BIOL 300 or BIOL 335)
  • BIOL 344: Biology and Global Health in Ghana (4 credits) (PreReq: BIOL 117 and BIOL 119)
  • BIOL 349: Principles of Microbiology (4 credits) (PreReq: BIOL 222 or BIOL 271)
  • BIOL 365: Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) (PreReqs: BIOL 117 and BIOL 119)
  • BIOL 366: Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) (PreReqs: BIOL 117 and BIOL 119)
  • ECON 346: Health Economics (PreReq: ECON 110 and ECON 210 and Junior/Senior standing .Note: SMSc majors have approval to request an override from the School of Business to register for this course during the add/drop period if they meet the prereqs and there are seats available. Econ minors can register for this course in the 3rd week of the registration period) 
  • ENGL 101: Topics in Literature - Literature, Medicine, and Racism (4 credits). A DegreeWorks waiver will be issued for ENGL 101 only when it is taught with this subtitle.
  • ENGL 427: Literary Representations of Disability (4 credits) (PreReq: ENGL 203) 
  • HIST 240: Topics in European History - Body Matters: Medicine and Health to 1600 (4 credits)
  • HIST 240: Topics in European History: History of Science (4 credits). A DegreeWorks waiver will be issued for HIST 240 only when it is taught with the Body Matters or History of Science subtitles.
  • HIST 275: Global History of Sexual Science 
  • INTD 207: Interdisciplinary Disability Studies
  • PHIL 235 : Philosophy of Biology (PreReq: One course in biology or in philosophy)
  • PHIL 236 : Medicine and Morality
  • PSYC 260: Abnormal Psychology (PreReq: PSYC 100) 
  • PSYC 268: Health Psychology (PreReq: PSYC 100)
  • PSYC 278: Psychology of Happiness (PreReq: PSYC 100). Note: Request a DegreeWorks waiver to have this course be applied to the major as a Group A elective.
  • PSYC 280: Sport and Exercise Psychology (PreReq: PSYC 100) 
  • PSYC 308: Psychology of Women (PreReqs: PSYC 100, 225, 233, 250, 251) 
  • PSYC 335: Behavioral Pharmacology (PreReqs: PSYC 100, 225, 233, 250, 251) 
  • PSYC 365: Clinical Psychology (PreReqs: PSYC 100, 225, 233, 250, 251) 
  • PSYC 366: Developmental Psychopathology (2 PreReqs: Two courses from among PSYC 215, PSYC and 216)
  • PSYC 385: Cross-cultural Psychology (PreReq: PSYC 215 or 216)
  • SOCL 281: Selected Topics - Gender and Health (PreReq: SOCL 100 or SOCL 102 or SOCL 105). A DegreeWorks waiver will be issued for SOCL 281 only when it is taught with this subtitle.
  • SOCL 314: Illness, Self, and Society (PreReq: SOCL 100 or SOCL 102 or SOCL 105)
  • SOCL 358: Sociology of Emotions (PreReq: Any 100-level Sociology course) 
  • SPAN 335: Selected Topics - Spanish for Medical Professionals (PreReq: SPAN 301). A DegreeWorks waiver will be issued for SPAN 335 only when it is taught with this subtitle.
  • New or slot/topics courses with the words “Health,” “Medicine,” or “Healing” in the title can be used to fulfill an elective for the Group A requirement. Email Dr. Medeiros for course approval before registering.

Group B: Complementary Courses (Take at least 3 credits) 

  • ACCT 102: Introduction to Financial Accounting 
  • ACCT 103: Introduction to Managerial Accounting 
  • ANTH 100: S/M/Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 105: S/Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • ANTH 120: S/Language and Culture
  • ANTH 226: M/Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • ANTH 307: Anthropology of Development 
  • ANTH 316: Human Ecology (PreReq: ANTH 105 or ENVR 124)
  • ANTH 318: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (PreReq: ANTH 100 or ANTH 101)
  • ANTH 382: Ethnographic Field Methods (PreReq: ANTH 202 or ANTH 208 or ANTH 229)
  • BLKS 200: Introduction to Black Studies 
  • BLKS 220 : Black Lives Matter 
  • ECON 110: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 210: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (PreReq: ECON 110) 
  • ECON 330: Public Finance (PreReq: ECON 110 and ECON 210 and Junior/Senior standing. Note: SMSc majors have approval to request an override from the School of Business to register for this course during the add/drop period if they meet the prereqs and there are seats available. Econ minors can register for this course in the 3rd week of the registration period) 
  • ECON 340: Environmental Economics (PreReq: ECON 110 and Junior/Senior standing. Note: SMSc majors have approval to request an override from the School of Business to register for this course during the add/drop period if they meet the prereqs and there are seats available. Econ minors can register for this course in the 3rd week of the registration period) 
  • ECON 356: Women and the Economy (PreReq: ECON 110 and Junior/Senior standing. Note: SMSc majors have approval to request an override from the School of Business to register for this course during the add/drop period if they meet the prereqs and there are seats available. Econ minors can register for this course in the 3rd week of the registration period) 
  • ENVR 124: S/Environmental Issues 
  • ENVR 350: Urban Environmental Issues in Latin America (Note: This is a winter intersession study abroad course) 
  • GEOG 102: S/Human Geography
  • GEOG 123: S/M/The Developing World
  • GEOG 286: Geographic Information Systems (4 credits) (Requires permission of the instructor)
  • GEOG 362: M/Geography of Latin America (PreReq: GEOG 102 or 110 or 123)
  • GEOG 363: M/Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • GEOG 384: Geography of Food 
  • GEOG 388: Urban Lives & Livelihoods in Ghana (Note: This is a study abroad course) 
  • HIST 164: S/U/African American History from 1877 
  • HIST 260: S/U/Issues in the History of American Women 
  • HIST 261: M/U/Native American History 
  • HIST 262: S/American Indian Law and Public Policy 
  • HIST 266: S/U/Civil Rights Movement in America 
  • HIST 271: S/M/History of Latin America since 1825
  • HIST 480: Advanced Studies in LACAANA History: Environmental History of Africa (PreReq: HIST 302)  
  • HIST 480: Advanced Studies in LACAANA History: History of Aid and Development in Africa (PreReq: HIST 302). Note: a DegreeWorks waiver will only be applied to HIST 480 when it has the Environmental History or History of Aid subtitles.
  • PLSC 110: S/American Politics 
  • PLSC 120: S/Comparative Politics
  • PLSC 140: S/International Politics 
  • PLSC 360: S/M/Developing World Politics
  • PLSC 362: Government and Politics in Africa (PreReq: PLSC 120) 
  • PLSC 374: Public Administration 
  • PLSC 412: American Social Welfare Policy (PreReq: PLSC 110) 
  • PLSC 442: Human Rights in a Global Perspective (PreReq: PLSC 140) 
  • PLSC 454: Government and Politics of Latin America (PreReq PLSC 120) 
  • PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 275: S/Environmental Psychology (PreReq: PSYC 100) 
  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology ((PreReqs: PSYC 100, 225, 233, 250, 251)
  • SOCL 100: S/Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCL 102: S/Introduction to Social Problems and Public Policy
  • SOCL 105: S/M/Introduction to Global Social Change
  • SOCL 201: Black Women in American Society (PreReq: Any 100-level Sociology course) 
  • SOCL 220: U/Inequality, Class and Poverty:
  • SOCL 225: Sociology of Gender and Sexuality (PreReq: SOCL 100 or SOCL 102 or SOCL 105) 
  • SOCL 230: S/U/Race and Ethnicity 
  • SOCL 325: Global Social Change (PreReq: Any 100-level Sociology course) 
  • SOCL 361: Field Research Methods (PreReq: Any 100-level Sociology course) 
  • WGST 100: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WGST 230: Introduction to Queer Studies
  • WGST 310: Race, Class, and Gender
  • WGST 320: Gender and Sexualities

* At least 9 credits of a minor must be distinct (i.e., not overlap with Major Requirements or overlap with the requirements of another Minor or Concentrations.)

*At least 24 credits of a second major must be distinct (i.e., not overlap with Major Requirements of the first major).