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Health and Culture minor

All societies have some cultural ideas and belief systems about health and wellness. Culture shapes our understanding of bodily processes. Because of the significant influence of culture on perceptions and experiences of health and wellness, this minor thematizes the shifting cultural configurations of health in a globalizing world. Culturally grounded health and illness concepts, including notions about bodily integrity or emotional well-being, cultural models of illness causation and diagnostic practices, and the experiences, expressions, and treatments of human ailments unfold in concrete socio-cultural contexts. The courses in this minor provide an enhanced cultural understanding about health experiences in different parts of the world.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students majoring in sociology and anthropology who have chosen in the cultural anthropology or sociology tracks.
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
Required Course
SOCI-322 Society, Environment, and Health
Choose four of the following:*
   ANTH-325    Bodies and Culture
   ANTH-425    Global Sexualities
   ANTH-435    Archaeology of Death
   COMM-344    Health Communication
   MLSP-353    Trauma and Survival
   PHIL-316    Bioethics and Society
   PSYC-231    Death and Dying
   SOCI-245    Gender and Health
   SOCI-255    Disaster, Public Health Crisis, and Global Responses

* At least two of the elective courses must be at the 300-level or above