Jun 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociomedical Sciences, B.A.

Sociomedical Sciences

Melanie Medeiros, Coordinator (Bailey 149)


The Sociomedical Sciences major offers students the opportunity to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge on topics and issues related to health, disease, illness and medicine, as well as analytical and practical skills that will benefit them in post-graduate education and careers in medicine, public health and other health services. Sociomedical Sciences focus on the social determinants of disease and health and examine the correlation between trends in health and its social causes, including social inequality and structural inequity.


Program Learning Outcomes

In completing the Sociomedical Sciences program, the successful student will be able to:  

1.  Demonstrate understanding of concepts and theoretical principles central to the sociomedical sciences, including but not limited to: 

a.  social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and biological determinants of health  
b.  intersectionality
c.  structural and social inequality 
d.  health disparities, inequality and inequity 
e.  cross-cultural conceptions of and practices associated with illness, health, and healing
f.  complementary and alternative medicine and integrative medicine 
g. cultural and structural competence
h.  biopower and biopolitics.

2.  Demonstrate the following critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills:

a.  Reading and understanding published scholarship in allied subfields of sociomedical sciences, including medical anthropology, medical sociology, public health, epidemiology, biology, geography, psychology, and political science.
b.  Synthesizing scholarship in both writing and speech
c.  Arguing a thesis in writing both persuasively and effectively, following accepted usage rules  
d.  Sharing the results of a scholarly project in an oral presentation  

3.  Engage in effective field research methods and data analysis: 

a.  Design and implement an independent research project
b.  Employ interdisciplinary research and data analysis methods to examine an issue or topic related to health and medicine
c.  Understand and observe ethical guidelines for research with human subjects
d.  Gather and analyze participant observation and qualitative interviews

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 45-46

Basic Requirements: (37 Credits)

One Capstone Course in Sociomedical Sciences

Exploratory Learning Electives:

Take 21 elective credits with at least three different prefixes from lists A (at least 15 credits) and B (at least 3 credits), at least 9 credits must be at the 300-level or above

A. Core Courses (Complete at least 15 credits)

B. Complementary Courses: (Complete at least 3 credits)


A Students need to complete pre-/co-requisites for these courses.

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used in fulfillment of the Sociomedical Sciences Major.

Department Writing Requirement

Courses offered in the Sociomedical Sciences at the 200 level or above require significant writing assignments. Successful completion of ANTH 402  fulfills the writing requirement.

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Fall (14-15 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Major Elective 3 Credit(s): 3
Major Elective 4 Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3


Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Fourth Year

Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Spring (12 Credit Hours)

Major Elective 7 Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 120