Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major caters to the interests of students who would like to get a basic foundation in the natural sciences relevant to human health and disease while placing more emphasis in their studies on social and philosophical topics.

Students take foundational courses in biology, psychology, and statistics, as well as elective courses in three content areas: the human body, the human mind, and human society.

Health and Society majors cap their undergraduate experiences with a seminar course in which they discuss with their classmates a range of issues in the science, practice, and delivery of health care in our society.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society

Requirements   Credits 
 Foundation & Required Courses  24-33
      Choose a or b:
          a) BIO/BIOL 101. Fundamentals of Biology
          b) BIO/BIOL 105. Biological Science I and BIO/BIOL 106. Biological Science II
      BIO/BIOL 211. Human Anatomy and Physiology I
      BIO/BIOL 212. Human Anatomy and Physiology II
      PSYC 101. An Introduction to Psychology
      PSYC 102. An Introduction to Biopsychology
      Statistics*
      HSOC 401. Health and Society Seminar
4-8


4
4
3
3
3-8
3
 Health and Science Area Electives (see below) 24-26
      Two (2) Body Electives
      Two (2) Mind Electives
      Four (4) Society Electives (at least one course from two different departments)
6-8
6
12
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above** 3
 General Education Requirements 37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum

 General Electives   21-32
 Total  120

* This requirement can be fulfilled with MATH 107, MATH 117, QMX 211, or PSYC 201 and PSYC 202

**The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.


Health and Society Area Electives

The electives in the Health and Society major are grouped in three areas: Body, Mind, and Society. Students are required to take a minimum number of electives in each area, to ensure that they have an interdisciplinary background in ideas and issues relating to health care in modern society. Following are lists of electives in each area. New courses relevant to health and society may be offered from time to time, often as Special Topics courses in different departments and programs. Such courses may fulfill Health and Society elective requirements with the approval on the director of the Health and Society Program and relevant academic administrators.

BODY ELECTIVES

   BIO 291
   BIO 292
  BIO/BIOL 371** 
  BIO/BIOL 472** 
*Required prerequisites are BIO/BIOL 105 and BIO/BIOL 106
**Requires one or more prerequisites not required in the Health and Science major. Students who want to take this course for their Health and Science major will first have to take the prerequisite course(s).

MIND ELECTIVES

   PSYC 215    
   PSYC 232 
   
   PSYC 316 
   PSYC 330 
   PSYC 422 
   PSYC 469 
   EDUC 210 
   EDUC 250 

SOCIETY ELECTIVES

   JMC 426    
   PHIL 335    
   PHIL 338    
   PHIL 345    
   POLS 351    
   SOC 205    
   SOC 320    
   SOC 402    
   SOC 408    
   THEO 348    


Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society

The following is a suggested four-year plan of study for a B.A. in Health and Society. Changes in sequencing may be desirable. All modifications should be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser.

To see the title of a course in the plan of study below, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description for a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
BIO/BIOL 101 4 MATH 107 / MATH 117 3
ENG 101 3 ENG 102 3
SBU 101 2 PSYC 102 3
PSYC 101 3 Foreign Language (202 level) 3
General Education Requirement 3 SBU 102 1
    General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 16
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
BIO/BIOL 211 4 BIO/BIOL 212 4
Health & Society Elective 3 Health & Society Elective 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirement 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Elective 3
General Elective 3    
Total 16 Total 13
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
Health & Society Elective 3 Health & Society Elective 3
Health & Society Elective 3 Health & Society Elective 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirement 3
General Elective 3 General Elective  3
General Elective  3 General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
Health & Society Elective 3 HSOC 401 3
Health & Society Elective 3 General Elective 3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
General Elective 3    
Total 15 Total 15