Requirements of the HSOC Major (14 cu)

I. Core Courses (4 cu)

  • Required Core Course (1 cu)HSOC 10 or HSOC 145
    (In order to declare the HSOC major, a student must be taking/have taken one of these courses)

           NOTE: In 2018-2019 the usual order of these courses is reversed
                     Fall 2018 : HSOC 010
                    Spring 2019: HSOC 145

  • Quantitative Requirement (1 cu):  SOCI/HSOC 100 or SOCI/HSOC 111
  • Core Discipline - Historical: HSOC 002 or 112 or 150
  • Core Discipline - Social Science: ANTH/HSOC 238 or SOCI 175/HSOC 175

II. HSOC Electives (3 cu)
     A body of courses providing critical perspectives on HSOC.  The courses from which students pick that fulfill this requirement are listed here  "What counts as an HSOC Elective." 

III. Concentration (6u)
     A student must select one concentration (area of interest within HSOC) and design a program for completion, using a combination of pre-approved courses and courses of their own selection that they petition.

     The concentrations are

  • Bioethics and Health
  • Disease and Society
  • Environment and Health
  • Gender and Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Care, Markets and Finance
  • Health Policy
  • History of Medicine
  • Public Health

IV. Capstone Research Seminar (1 cu)  

  • A capstone is a 400-level research seminar or independent study within which students write a 20+ original research paper.
  • Every student must satisfy this requirement in order to graduate.
  • The capstone requirement can only be fulfilled during a student's last three terms before graduation.   400-level courses taken earlier do not satisfy the requirement.
  • HSOC 420 satisfies this requirement
  • HSOC 499 satisfies this requirement
  • All 400-level HSOC and STSC courses satisfy this requirement

Computing your progress toward graduation.docx

Rules: What Counts or Not For the HSOC Major:

  • Core Courses: There is no exception to the rule that in order to declare the HSOC major, a student must have taken or be currently enrolled in HSOC 10 or HSOC 145, and there are no substitutes for courses fulfilling thequantitative and core discipline requirements.
    NOTE: In 2018-2019 the usual order of these courses is reversed
                         Fall 2018 : HSOC 010
                        Spring 2019: HSOC 145
  • HSOC Electives are courses on the list of "HSOC Electives" and listed as HSOC or STSC. No other courses can fulfill this 3 c.u. requirement (no study abroad courses, non-College courses or any course not on this list, and courses may not be petitioned).  
  • Concentration courses: There is a list of pre-approved courses for each concentration; these are NOT required courses, but these do count automatically if taken. Any other courses must be petitioned for the concentration (only, not for core requirements) Please read the list of concentration courses carefully.
  • Petitioned courses for the major: Petitions are only accepted for. concentration courses, and seniors may not petition courses after the add date of their last semester.
  • Non-College courses: Students may have up to three non-College courses in their concentrations.
  • Transfer courses count if approved through XCat
  • Study Abroad courses count if approved through XCat.  Up to two courses may count but only in the concentration (not to substitute for core courses or department electives).  EXCEPTIONS: From the IHP program, up to three courses may be counted in the major as a whole, and some of those may be core courses.
  • AP courses do not count toward the HSOC major
  • Minimum Grade required for credit in the HSOC major is a C-.  Courses with less than a C- or taken pass/fail do not count toward the HSOC major [this is College policy].
  • Double-counting courses: You cannot double-count within the HSOC major--you need 14 separate courses to complete the major.  You may double-count ONE course between the major and the sectors.
  • Double-counting with MINORS: HSOC majors may only double count three (3) courses between an HSOC major and the STSC minor or the BIOE minor.  HBS concentrators may not minor in BIOE.

How your HSOC worksheet works:

  • You cannot update or change your own official worksheet.
  • The worksheet requires regular manual override by Dr. Barnes or Dr. Greene to update it. The software doesn't place courses accurately onto your HSOC worksheet, and it doesn't remove courses for which you registered but then dropped.  If courses are in the wrong place, it is a software problem.  Stop by office hours for a worksheet update.
  • The HSOC WEBSITE is always more accurate in terms of requirements than the worksheet on PennInTouch.
  • Red Xs are normal and common occurrences because of how the software works.  Overrides do not always hold.  [Calmly] Contact Dr. Greene about any Red Xs.
  • Red circle with a line through it: indicates a problem with an incomplete or with a grade that is too low for the major  (minimum is a C-)