The following list of pre-approved courses is intended to inspire, not to require.  This list suggests some of the courses which have been used in the past for the concentration and which can  individualize the concentration around a student's interests and goals.


Concentration Rules

  • Core courses may not be replaced by a petitioned course
  • Relevant courses may be petitioned
  • Up to three non-College courses* are permitted 
  • Courses not used for the core course may be used as topical electives where suitable
  • Students in this concentration may not minor in Bioethics

Core Disciplines
(1 cu required; no petitions)

STSC 001: Emergence of Modern Science (HSOC 001)
HSOC 002: Medicine in History (STSC 002, HIST 036)
STSC 003: Technology and Society (HSOC 003, SOCI 033)
STSC 212: Science, Technology and War (HSOC 212)

Core Bioethics Courses (1 cu required; no petitions)

BIOE 401: Introduction to Bioethics*
HSOC 102: Bioethics (SOCI 101)
HSOC 140: History of Bioethics
PHIL 072:  Biomedical Ethics

Philosophical and Religious Foundations (1 cu)

BIOE 402: Foundatons of Bioethics*
NURS 330: Health Care Ethics*
PHIL 002: Ethics
PHIL 072: Biomedical Ethics 
RELS 239: Death, Disease and Demons in the Medieval World
STSC 208: Science and Religion

Social and Institutional Contexts (1 cu)

ENGL 107: Medicine and Literature (formerly ENGL 085
ENVS 406: Community-Based Env. Health
GSWS 122: Sociology of Gender
HSOC 112: The People's Health
HSOC 216: Gender and Health
HSOC 260: Social Determinants of Health
HSOC 382: Public Health and Violence
LGST 101: Law and Social Values*
NURS 315: Sociocultural Influences on Health*
NURS 324: U.S. Child Health*
SOCI 264: Poverty, Race and Health
SOCI 307: Race, Science and Justice

Technologies, Practices and Practitioners (1 cu)

ANTH 260: Cultures of Science and Technology
ANTH 332: Medicine and the Language of Pain
BIOE 555: Bioethics and Technology*
ENVS 404/407/408: Urban Environments courses
HCMG 203: Clinical Issues in Health Care Management*
HSOC 152: Technology and Medicine in America (STSC 162)
HSOC 259: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
HSOC 331: Reproductive Medicine
STSC 252: Data and Death

Law, Politics and Public Policy (1 cu)

BIOE 575: Health Policy*
GSWS 149: Law and Social Policy on Sex and Reproduction
HCMG 101: Health Care Systems*
HSOC 150: American Health Policy
HSOC 382: Public Health and Violence
LGST 100: Ethics and Social Responsibility*
PHIL 277: Justice, Law and Morality
PSCI 221: Health Politics and Policy in Comparative Perspective
PSCI 414: Comparative Politics of the Welfare State
PUBH 507: Public Health Law and Ethics*
SOCI 134: Health and Social Policy
SOCI 235: Law and Social Change

 *non-College course

Updated 12/2/19