DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
 
 
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CONCENTRATION IN HEALTH, MEDICINE & SOCIETY
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Major in Sociology with a Concentration in Health, Medicine & Society – Students
majoring in sociology may elect a Concentration in Health, Medicine & Society.  The goals of this
unique concentration are to assist students in learning that health and disease do not depend
solely on biological mechanisms; to promote the well-being of the social body by teaching the role
of behavioral theory, research, and clinical practice in the promotion and maintenance of health
and well-being; to provide students with knowledge of cutting edge debates in the field; to assist
students in understanding the sociological, ethical, and psychological mechanisms affecting human
health and illness behavior, and; to prepare students for careers in the health professions and/or
entrance to graduate school.

Health, Medicine & Society capitalizes on the Department of Sociology’s strengths in medical
sociology, aging, and health disparities at all levels, as well as Xavier University’s overall strength in
the health sciences and ethics towards improving our current understanding of human health and
disease.  This program will help students intimately grasp the complex socio-cultural underpinnings
of health, illness and disability, as well as their economic, biomedical, and global formations.
Sociology majors with a concentration in Health, Medicine & Society must complete 36 credit
hours in sociology, in addition to MATH 1020 (STAT 2010) and PHIL 2400.  In addition to the
12 credit hours of coursework required for all majors, students must complete two additional
2000 level sociology courses, three of four specialized courses (SOCI 3035, 3040, 3060, or 3070),
SOCI 4025, SOCI 4700, and either a health-related internship (SOCI 4950), or a total of three
credit hours of independent study (SOCI 4901, 4902, 4903).  Majors must also pass a senior
comprehensive examination (SOCI 4999).

PROGRAM IN SOCIOLOGY
CONCENTRATION IN HEALTH, MEDICINE & SOCIETY

FRESHMAN YEAR
Semester Hours
1st 2nd
Semester Semester
SOCI 1010 3 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 2000-level Elective 3 Sociology
CMST 2080 3 Essential Core
ENGL 1000/1010-1020 3 3 English Composition
Fine Arts 3 Essential Core
Foreign Language 3 3 Fundamental Core
Freshman Seminar 1 1 First Year Experience
History 3 Essential Core
STAT 2010 (MATH 1020) 3 Statistical Methods I
16 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR
SOCI 2500 2 Reading and Writing in Sociology
SOCI 2530/2530L 4 Introduction to Research
Methods/Statistical Software Lab
SOCI 2000-level Elective 3 Sociology
SOCI 3035, 3040, 3060, or 3070 3 Soci. of Mental Health, Population
and Society, Soci. of Aging, or
Medical Sociology
African American Studies 3 Essential Core
ENGL 2010 3 Intro. to World Literature
Expansive Core 3 Expansive Core
Natural Science (with lab) 3 3 Fundamental/Essential Core
Philosophy 3 Essential Core
Physical Education (activity course) 1 Essential Core
Theology 3 Essential Core
17 17

JUNIOR YEAR
SOCI 3030 3 Sociological Theory
SOCI 3035, 3040, 3060, or 3070 3 3 Soci. of Mental Health, Population
and Society, Soci. of Aging, or
Medical Sociology
Expansive Core 3 Expansive Core
Free Electives 6
Minor 3 6
PHIL 2400 3 Health Ethics
Theology 3 Essential Core
15 18

SENIOR YEAR
SOCI 4025 3 Health Disparities
SOCI 4700 3 Seminar in Health, Medicine
& Society
SOCI 4903 or 4950 3 Soci. Internship or Independent
Study
SOCI 4999 0 Senior Comprehensives
Free Electives 3 8
Minor 6 3
15 14

SUMMARY
Fundamental Core 18
English Composition (6, ENGL 1000/1010, ENGL 1020), Mathematics (3,
STAT 2010/MATH 1020), Natural Science (3), World Language (6)
Essential Core 36
First Year Experience (2), African American Studies (3), Communication (3,
CMST 2080 recommended), Fine Arts (3), History (3), Philosophy (6, including
PHIL 2400), Physical Education (1, activity course), Natural Science (3), Social
Science (3, SOCI 1010), Theology (6), World Literature (3, ENGL 2010)
Expansive Core 6
Major* 33
SOCI 1010 (3), SOCI 2000-level Electives (6), SOCI 2500 (2), SOCI 2530 (3),
SOCI 2530L (1), SOCI 3030 (3), SOCI 3035, 3040, 3060, or 3070 (9), SOCI
4025 (3), SOCI 4700 (3), SOCI 4903 or 4950 (3), SOCI 4999 (0)
Minor 18
Free Electives 17
Total Hours 128
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*Includes courses already counted in core and/or required courses from other disciplines.

 
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