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Sociomedical Sciences Minor

To declare the minor, students must email Dr. Medeiros (medeiros@geneseo.edu) the minor coordinator, to have their course selections approved.

Two Foundation Courses

  • ANTH 202 M/Nutrition, Disease and Health. Offered every Fall in-person and Winter & Summer sessions online.
  • SOC 213 Sociology of Medicine. Offered every Fall.

One Capstone Experience (choose one from the list below)

  • ANTH 382 Ethnographic Field Methods (PreReq: ANTH 202). Offered Fall odd years.
  • ANTH 395 Internship with an institution working on health or medicine
  • ANTH 402 Sociomedical Sciences Capstone (PreReq: ANTH 302). Offered every Fall.
  • SOCL 395 Internship with an institution working on health or medicine

Electives— Take 9 credits with at least 3 credits at the 300 level and with at least two different prefixes, including 2-3 courses (6-9 credits) from group A and 0-1 courses (0-3 credits) from group B. 

*Courses with a DWW after the course title are not listed in Degree Works yet and require that Dr. Medeiros issue a Degree Works waiver for the course to count towards the minor. Please email Dr. Medeiros during the semester you are enrolled in the course asking her to issue you a waiver.

Group A: Core Courses (Take at least 6 credits)

  • ANTH 216: Race, Racism and Health (Race, Racism & the Black Experience in the Americas 
  • ANTH 238: Ethnomedicine in Latin America & the Caribbean
  • ANTH 302: Medical Anthropology (PreReq: ANTH 202)
  • ANTH 306: Human Growth & Development (PreReq: ANTH 202)
  • ANTH 313: Global Health Issues (PreReq: ANTH 100 or ANTH 202)
  • ANTH 3**: Language & Healing (PreReq: ANTH 120 or ANTH 202)
  • ANTH 343: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women’s Health (PreReq: ANTH 100 or ANTH 202)
  • BIOL 210: Nutrition (PreReq: Any 100-level Biology course)
  • BIOL 271: Heredity (PreReq: Any 100 level Biology course)[Note: this course is not intended for Biology majors, who should select from the other elective options)
  • BIOL 318: Exp: M/Health & the Developing World (2 PreReqs: BIOL 117 and BIOL 119) DWW
  • BIOL 344: Biology and Global Health in Ghana (4 credits) (PreReq: BIOL 117 and BIOL 119)
  • ECON 346: Health Economics (PreReq: ECON 110 and ECON 210 and Junior/Senior standing. Note: SMSc minors have approval to request an override from the School of Business to register for this course during the add/drop period if there are seats available) 
  • ENGL 101: Topics in Literature - Literature, Medicine, and Racism (4 credits) DWW
  • ENGL 427: Literary Representations of Disability (PreReq: ENGL 203)
  • HIST 240: Topics in European History - Body Matters: Medicine and Health to 1600 DWW
  • HIST 240: Topics in European History: History of Science (4 credits) DWW
  • HIST 275 : Global History of Sexual Science (4 credits) 
  • INTD 207: Interdisciplinary Disability Studies 
  • PHIL 235: Philosophy of Biology (PreReq: One course in biology or in philosophy)
  • PHIL 236: Medicine & Morality 
  • PSYC 260: Abnormal Psychology (PreReq: PSYC 100) 
  • PSYC 268: Health Psychology (PreReq: PSYC 100)
  • PSYC 308: Psychology of Women (PreReq: PSYC 250 or 251) 
  • PSYC 365: Clinical Psychology (Option for PSYC Majors Only) 
  • PSYC 366: Developmental Psychopathology (Option for PSYC Majors Only) 
  • 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) DWW
  • 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: Spanish for Medical Professionals (PreReq: SPAN 301) DWW
  • 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 0-3 credits)

  • ANTH 226: M/Anthropology of Latin America & the Caribbean
  • ANTH 307: Anthropology of Development DWW
  • ANTH 316: Human Ecology (PreReq: ANTH 105 or ENVR 124)
  • ANTH 318: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (PreReq: ANTH 100 or ANTH 101)
  • BLKS 200: Introduction to Black Studies 
  • BLKS 220: Black Lives Matter 
  • GEOG 286: Geographic Information Systems (4 credits) (Requires permission of the instructor) 
  • GEOG 362 M/Geography of Latin America
  • 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 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 1789 DWW
  • HIST 480: LACAANA History: Environmental History of Africa (PreReq: HIST 302) DWW 
  • HIST 480: LACAANA History: History of Aid and Development in Africa (PreReq: HIST 302) DWW 
  • PLSC 360: S/M/Developing World Politics 
  • PLSC 362: Government and Politics in Africa (PreReq:
  • 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)
  • 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) DWW
  • WGST 230: Introduction to Queer Studies 
  • WGST 310: Race, Class, and Gender 
  • WGST 320: Gender and Sexualities 

* No more than 9 credits from the minor can overlap with your major.