Requirements of the HSOC Major (14 cu)

The HSOC major has four components:

  • Core coures
  • HSOC Department electives
  • Concentration courses
  • Capstone course

I. Core Courses (4 cu)

  • Required Core Course (1 cu)HSOC 10 or HSOC 145 (Required in order to declare the HSOC major)

  • Quantitative Requirement (1 cu):  SOCI/HSOC 100 or SOCI/HSOC 111

  • Core Discipline - Historical: HSOC/STSC 002 or HSOC 112 or HSOC 150

  • Core Discipline - Social Science: ANTH/HSOC 238 or SOCI 175/HSOC 275

II. HSOC Department Electives (3 cu)

III. Concentration (6 cu)
     A student selects one concentration and creates a combination of six courses to fulfill the requirement.  These courses may be pre-approved courses or petitioned courses.  Please check the page for your    concentration for the rules governing the concentrations.

     The concentrations are

  • Bioethics and Health
  • Disease and Culture
  • Global Health
  • Health Care, Markets and Finance
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health
  • Race, Gender and Health

IV. Capstone Research Seminar (1 cu)  

  • A capstone research project is a 20+ page paper of independent research.
  • Every HSOC major does a capstone research project by taking a capstone seminar or independent study
  • A capstone seminar is any 400-level HSOC or STSC course -- all of these courses focus on the writing of a capstone paper
  • The independent study option to complete the capstone is HSOC 499 and requires a project plan, advisor and department approval.
  • Only 400-level courses taken during a student's last three terms before graduation count to fulfill this requirement
  • HSOC 420 (by application only) satisfies this requirement

How to keep track of your progress toward completing the major and the general requirement: 

Policies on Grades and Major Requirements:

  • HSOC 10 or HSOC 145: 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.
  • Core Courses: there are no substitutes for courses fulfilling quantitative and core discipline requirements.
  • HSOC Electives are fulfilled with courses on this list of HSOC electives (substitutes cannot be petitioned) 
  • Concentration courses: There is a list of pre-approved courses for each concentration, but these courses are not required, and students may petition other courses for the concentration.
  • Petitioning courses: 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 may count if approved through XCat for the major
  • Study Abroad: Up to two courses may count if approved through XCat but only for the concentration. EXCEPTIONS: up to three courses from IHP may be counted in the major
  • 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.
  • Incompletes: An incomplete grade in a course is at the discretion of the instructor; students may not choose to take an incomplete.

How your HSOC worksheet works:

  • Once your HSOC worksheet is made official, you cannot update or change it yourself, but have to see the HSOC Director or the Associate Director..
  • Your worksheet will not be correct without manual override and update by the HSOC Director or Associate Director, so make sure you check in with them to go over your worksheet.
  • The HSOC WEBSITE is the most accurate source of information about the HSOC major, so if there are errors or red Xs check the website and also have your worksheet updated.