Health and Society B.A.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

Students who are pursuing the B.A. in Health and Society are required to take at least 84 credits of coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Navigating a cross-college major, multiple majors, or dual degrees can be complex, so all Health and Society majors should meet with an academic advisor to ensure their course plans are suitable.

33 credits in major courses, including:

HSCI 1100Introduction to Public Health3
HSOC 1600/SOC 1300Health Care in America3
HSOC 1700/ANTH 1190Global Health Devel & Diversit3
Choose 1 of the following:3
Elements of Statistics
Basic Statistical Methods 1
ARTS & SCIENCES (CAS) INTERMEDIATE COURSES. 1-2 courses/3-6 credits from the following:3-6
ANTH numbered 2170 to 2199
Culture, Health and Healing
Aging in Cross-Cultural Persp
Foundations of Global Health
Gender Sex Race & the Body
Topics in Biological Anthro
SOC numbered 2260 to 2339
Crim Justice & Public Health
Population Health Research
Sociology of Death & Dying
Gender, Sexualities & Medicine
NON-CAS INTERMEDIATE COURSES. Up to 1 course/3 credits from the following:0-3
Cultural Health Care
Human Health & the Envirnmt
Health Promotion
Health Communication
Racism and Health Disparities
Human Health in the Food Syst
Nutrition in the Life Cycle
Environmental Justice
CAS ADVANCED COURSES. 1-2 additional courses/3-6 credits from the following:3-6
ANTH numbered 3170 through 3199
Anthro Research Global Health
Topics in: Health Economics
Topics in: Health Ec (W)
Health Politics and Policy
Intro to Health Psychology
Health: Race, Class, & Gender
Sociology of Reproduction
METHODS. Students are encouraged to take one advanced Methods course with a health-related project or placement. Choose up to 1 additional course/3 credits from the following:0-3
CAS Advanced Methods:
Ethnographic Field Methods
Anthro Research Global Health
VT Legislative Research Srvc
Non-CAS Advanced Methods:
Intro to Research Methods
Hlth Promotion Prog Plan/Eval
Med Biostat&Epidemiology
NON-CAS ADVANCED COURSES. Up to 1 course/3 credits from the following: 0-3
Culture of Disability
Epi, Pub Hlth & Emerg Disease
Nutrition for Global Health
Course offerings for Health and Society vary frequently and often include Special Topics, Topics In, and Honors College courses. Before registration each semester, a list of eligible courses is posted as a See Also list in the Schedule of Courses (Classic Version). Many of those courses will not show up immediately in students’ degree audits. The courses listed in this table are always eligible and should automatically be applied in degree audits.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OR ABOVE CAS ELECTIVE. 1-3 additional courses/3-9 credits in CAS courses at the 2000-level or above chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include:3-9
Microeconomic Theory
Qualitative Research Methods
Medical Ethics
VT Legislative Research Srvc
Mystics, Mediums, Shamans
Sociology of the Holocaust
Health: Race, Class, & Gender
Sociology of Reproduction
ANTH numbered 2170 to 2199, PSYS 2500, SOC numbered 2260 to 2339
ANTH numbered 3170 through 3199, ECON 3850, ECON 4850, POLS 3490, PSYS 3510
OPEN ELECTIVES. Up to 6 additional credits chosen from eligible courses and experiences, which regularly include:0-6
Special Topics (CAS): HSOC 1990, HSOC 2990, HSOC 3990, HSOC 4990
Internship (CAS): HSOC 2991, HSOC 4991; or CAS 2920 or CAS 2991 with an appropriate placement
Teaching Assistantship (CAS) : HSOC 2994, HSOC 3994, HSOC 4994
Undergraduate Research (CAS): HSOC 3995, HSOC 4995
Honors (CAS): HSOC 4996
For interdisciplinary exposure, no more than 21 credits for the major can come from a single course prefix.
Graduate-level courses, including those in Public Health, may be accepted as advanced courses or electives with prior approval from a Health & Society advisor. Graduate courses are often open to upper-level undergraduate students with instructor permission.
Students who are pre-health should take (BIOL 1400 and BIOL 1450) or (BCOR 1400 and BCOR 1450) or (BCOR 1425 and BCOR 2500) to meet their Natural Science Catamount Core Curriculum requirement.


A maximum of 9 credits may overlap between the HSOC major and the Public Health AMP (e.g., PH 6010, PH 6020, and/or PH 6030). Students may not count both STAT 3000 and PH 6030 toward the HSOC major.


Introductory and intermediate courses for various subject areas may be necessary to reach some of the courses that can be applied to the major.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.