Health and Society B.A.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

33 credits, including:

3 core introductory courses:
HSCI 021Introduction to Public Health3
HSOC/SOC 054Health Care in America3
HSOC/ANTH 089D2:SU:Global Health Devl & Div3
1 100-level methods course:3-4
Fund of Social Research
QR: Elements of Statistics
QR:Basic Statistical Methods 1
1 or 2 100-level College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) courses:3-6
D2:Gender Sex Race & the Body
D2: Fndns of Global Health
D2:Culture, Health and Healing
D2:Aging in Cross-Cultrl Persp
SU: Human Health & Envirnmt
D1:Environmental Justice
Abnormal Psychology
Mysticism,Shamanism & Possessn
Crim Justice & Public Health
Gender, Sexualities & Medicine
Sociology of Death & Dying
QR:Population Health Research
Up to 1 100-level non-CAS course:0-3
Personal Health
D2:Cultural Health Care
D1:Racism & Health Disparities
Health Promotion
Health Communication
Human Health in the Food Syst
Nutrition in the Life Cycle
1 or 2 200-level CAS courses. Of their 200-level courses, students are encouraged to take 1 methods course.3-6
Anthro Research Global Health
Women, Health & Environment
Intro to Health Psychology
Sociology of Reproduction
Health: Race, Class, & Gender
CAS Methods Courses:
Research in Hum Biol Diversity
Anthro Research Global Health
Ethnographic Field Methods
Spatial Analysis
VT Legislative Research Srvc
Internship in Gerontology
Qualitative Research Methods
Up to 1 200-level non-CAS course. Of their 200-level courses, students are encouraged to take 1 methods course.0-3
D2: Culture of Disability
Nutrition for Global Health
Non-CAS Methods Courses:
Applied Research Methods
Intro to Research Methods
Project Planning and Eval.
QR: Med Biostat&Epidemiology
9 additional credits drawn from the list of HSOC electives posted each semester, at least 3 credits of which must be taken at the 100-level or above. May include any of the courses listed above that have not already been counted toward your degree (except additional 100-level methods courses) and/or any courses listed as HSOC elective courses on the HSOC advising webpage each semester. Please note that the degree audit does not list all possible electives, and the degree audit software is not able to recognize any elective that is not an option as a core course. Please contact the HSOC Director to request that those electives be counted toward your major.9


For interdisciplinary exposure, no more than 21 credits of courses can come from a single course prefix.

Other Information

To meet the CAS 84-hour rule for cross-college majors, HSOC majors must take at least 84 of their 120 credits in CAS-designated courses. To help meet this requirement, pay attention to which HSOC courses count toward the CAS hour rule as listed on the HSOC course listing for each semester on the HSOC advising webpage. Also, keep track of which of non-HSOC courses are counting as CAS-designated courses. Use degree audit tools to track overall progress toward at least 84 CAS-designated course credits.

No more than 1 course may overlap between a student’s major and minor, or between a student’s 2 majors in a double major.

Please be aware that some courses have extra prerequisites. It is the student’s responsibility to check for prerequisites and to take them ahead of time.

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.

Students who are pre-health track should take (BIOL 001 and BIOL 002) or (BCOR 011 and BCOR 012) or (BCOR 021 and BCOR 103) as their Natural Science distribution.