Minor in Medical Sociology

About the Minor

The minor in medical sociology is designed to give students a broader understanding of the social dimensions of contemporary medical practice. Investigating health and illness from a national and global perspective, the minor helps students understand the relations between inequalities, health care and social justice; trends in health professions; and the importance of organizations to health care. For students majoring in such fields as health sciences, nursing, or biology, the minor in medical sociology complements their scientific training with a social science focus on humans, policy, and power in healthcare.

Admission Requirements

Open to all undergraduate Drexel students. All prospective students should meet with an advisor from the College as soon as possible.

Additional Information

For more information about the Sociology minor, visit the Department of Sociology webpage. 

Program Requirements

Required Courses *
SOC 235Sociology of Health and Illness4.0
Select three courses from the following:12.0
Medicine and Society
Sociology of Health Professions
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Global Health
Social Networks and Health
Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology
Medicine, Technology and Science
Politics of Life
Select two of the following:8.0
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Wealth and Power
Urban Sociology
Research Design: Qualitative Methods
Research Design: Quantitative Methods
Classical Social Theory
Contemporary Social Theory
Total Credits24.0

No more than three courses that are required for a student’s major may count towards fulfilling requirements for the minor.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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