Culture, Health and Illness Minor

This minor is an excellent choice for students planning to apply to medical school, or health careers in fields like nursing, biomedical sciences, counseling, public policy, patient and victim's advocacy, and social work.

The minor in Culture, Health, and Illness uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the study of health and illness among individuals and groups. Students pursuing this minor study the social and cultural factors that influence the ways in which people from diverse backgrounds perceive and experience health and illness.

Program of Study (total credit hours: 18)

Required Courses (6 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • ANTH 1001 Introductory Anthropology
  • ANTH 1201 Introduction to Biological Anthropology;
  • SOCI 1001 Principles of Sociology

AND Choose one of the following (students may take both*):

  • SOCI 3500 Culture, Health and Illness
  • SOCI 3550 Race, Gender and Medicine

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Your four elective courses must be from at least TWO different academic disciplines. The courses are grouped by tracks, though students are not required to select a single track and may choose to specialize in one aspect of culture, health and illness OR to approach the issue broadly and take courses from different tracks:


Theories and Practice of Health and Intervention

  • ANTH 4153 Demography
  • ANTH 4251 Human Osteology and Odontology
  • SOCI 3300 Sociology of the Life Course
  • SOCI 3500 Culture, Health and Illness
  • SOCI 4680 Sociology of Mental Illness
  • SOWJ 2200 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • POSC/BISC 4381 Politics of U.S. Healthcare
  • POSC/BISC 4461 Comparative Health Politics & Policy
  • PSYC 3220 Human Sexuality
  • PSYCH 3401 Abnormal Psychology

Social and Structural Determinants of Health

  • ANTH 3100 Urban Anthropology
  • ANTH 4316 Culture, Change & Development
  • SOCI 3200 Social Problems in Urban Society
  • SOCI 3280 Race & Family
  • SOCI 3550 Race, Gender & Medicine
  • SOCI 3570 Men, Masculinities & Health
  • SOCI 4270 Urban Sociology
  • SOWJ 2150 Immigrants & Their Communities
  • SOWJ 4700 Global Aid & Humanitarianism
  • PSYC 3420 Health Psychology

Epidemiology of Violence

  • CRLS 3600 Victimology
  • CRLS 3640 Domestic Violence in the U.S.
  • CRLS 3660 Sex Offenses & Sex Offenders
  • SOCI 4300 Sociology of Aging
  • SOWJ 3320 Victims Services and Policies
  • PSYC 3210 The Psychology of Prejudice


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