Health and Society Minor

Health and Society Program Minor

Health and Society is a multidisciplinary field that examines human health as an eco-social phenomenon and draws principally from the humanities and social sciences. The rapid global growth of things “health” - public health, health care, health policy, and biomedical sciences and technology - in the face of growing disparities raises serious questions about the underlying social conditions that contribute to collective health and illness. Thus the intersections of gender, race, social class, sexuality, and ethnicity in a transnational and global context are central focal points in the Minor. This Minor is fitting for any student interested in learning about health and its social, cultural, political, ethical, environmental, and economic dimensions.

Goals for the Health and Society Minor

  • The Health and Society Minor seeks to educate students to:
  • Understand historical and current collective efforts to improve health
  • Introduce students to the multiple social determinants of health and their complex interactions
  • Examine how gender, race, class, sexuality, age, and ability shape health, illness, healing, and health care
  • Analyze how health problems are defined and how strategies for improved health are selected and implemented

 Requirements for the Health and Society Minor

 The Health and Society Minor consists of five units:

  • WGST 150 Health and Society. 
     
  • Four 200 level (or higher) electives from the list of Courses Approved Toward the Health and Society Minor.
    • At least one of the four electives must be in the WGST Department.
    • At least one of the four electives must be a 300 level elective

*Students wishing to count a non-Wellesley course toward the Health and Society Minor must petition the Program director prior to course enrollment.

* The Minor is open to students in any major at the College. WGST majors can do the Health and Society Minor so long as no single course counts toward both the Major and the Minor.

Courses for Credit Toward the Health and Society Minor

The following courses may be counted as electives for the Health and Society Minor. Courses not listed may be accepted by petition to the Minor director. Note that some 200- and 300- level courses have prerequisites that do not count toward the Minor.

AFR 226 Environmental Justice, "Race," and Sustainable Development

AFR 297 Medical Anthropology: A Comparative Study of Healing Systems

ANTH 238 The Vulnerable Body: Anthropological Understandings

ANTH 251 Cultures of Cancer

ANTH 274 Anthropological Genetics

ANTH 314 Human Biology and Society

ECON 232 Health Economics

ECON 332 Advanced Health Economics

ES 201/GEOS 201 Environmental, Health, and Sustainability Sciences with Laboratory

PE 205* Sports Medicine-Lower Extremity

PE 206* Sports Medicine-Upper Extremity

PHIL 249 Medical Ethics

POLI 317 Health Politics and Policy

QR 190 Epidemiology

REL 235 Religion, Healing, and Medicine

REL 236 Diving Madness: Dreams, Visions, Hallucinations

REL 335 Good Deaths, From the Tibetan Book of the Dead to the ICU

SOC 214 Medicine as a Profession and Vocation

SOC 241/AMST 241 A Nation in Therapy

SOC 314 Global Health and Social EpidemiologyQR 190 Epidemiology

WGST 212 Feminist Bioethics

WGST 214 Women and Health

WGST 240/PEAC 240 U.S. Public Health

WGST 300 Pain as a Feminist Issue

WGST 321 Seminar: Gender, Justice, and Health Policy

WGST 330 (Im)Morality on Stage: Repro-Eugenics in Twentieth-Century United States

WGST 340 Seminar: Global Health

 

*Either PE 205 or PE 206 counts towards the Minor but not both.