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 co-directors 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

CPLT 334

Literature and Medicine

ECON 232

Health Economics

ECON 332

Advanced Health Economics

*PE 205

Sports Medicine-Lower Extremity

*PE 206

Sports Medicine-Upper Extremity

PHIL 249

Medical Ethics

POL1 317

Health Politics and Policy

REL 235 Religion, Healing and Medicine
REL 236 Divine Madness: Dreams, Visions, Hallucinations

SOC 241/AMST 241

A Nation in Therapy

SOC 314

Global Health and Social Epidemiology

WGST 212

Feminist Bioethics

WGST 214

Women and Health

WGST 240

U.S. Public Health

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.