Students interested in health-related issues in society, such as health disparities across demographic groups or the impact of social policy on healthcare and health outcomes, should consider following the health track in sociology. This track prepares students for a variety of jobs within healthcare settings, such as healthcare social workers, community health educators, and substance abuse counselors. Students may also pursue advanced degrees in this field to expand their career opportunities.
A major in Sociology with a Health focus requires the following:
Six Core courses:
201 – Principles of Sociology
302 – Methods of Sociology
303 – Quantitative Methods in Social Research
339 – Sociological Theory
403 – Survey Methodology
496 – Sociology Capstone Experience
Six Health-related courses:
375 – Sociology of Health and Medicine (Required)
Three elective courses selected from:
344 – Violence in Society
347 – Alcohol, Drugs and Society
376 – Sociology of Mental Health & Illness
381 – Sociology of Sport
387 – Death and Dying in Social Contexts
388 – Disasters and Extreme Events
419 – Population and Society
Two elective courses selected from:
310 – Racial and Cultural Minorities
311 – Economic Inequality
315 – Sex and Gender in Social Contexts
327 – Sociology of Aging and Later Life
One additional sociology elective course above the 299 level
498 – Sociology Internship is a recommended, but optional, elective.
A minor in Sociology requires the following:
18 hours, including Sociology 201.
No more than six of these hours can be earned from courses below the 300 level.