Medical Sociology Minor

Students at 2014 undergraduate awards
 Students at 2014 Undergraduate awards
 View of Upham Hall from a distance
Trees and Bell Tower
 Path between Upham and Gaskill
Upham courtyard
 Upham Hall seen from a distance
 Upham Hall
 Members of OMA and Gerontology Club
 Penny Lecture
Audience of a Penny Lecture
 Upham arch seen through the trees

Beginning in 2015, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) added a focus on the "behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health." The Medical Sociology minor can strengthen medical school applicants' understanding of these crucial subjects and help their application materials stand out. Harvard MEdical School, for example, looks for students who "demonstrate aptitude in the biological and physical sciences during their undergraduate years, but not to the exclusion of the humanities and social sciences.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, "the revised MCAT exam will include a new section, "Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior," that will test students' understanding of how these disciplines influence behavior and behavior change; cultural and social differences that affect well-being. A second new section, "Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills," will test students' reasoning ability by asking them to analyze and evaluate passages from social science and humanities disciplines, including ethics and philosophy, cross-cultural studies, and population health." These are the topics covered in the classes comprising the Medical Sociology minor. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Section: Overview


The minor consists of three or four required courses and additional hours to be chosen from a set of electives for a total of at least 18 hours. A grade point average of 2.50 must be maintained for all courses in the minor.

Please declare this minor before or during your junior year. You may pursue only one pre-professional sociology minor. All courses for the minor (excluding field work) must be taken for a grade.

Required (all of the following)

  • SOC 151 Social Relations OR SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context
  • SOC 357 Medical Sociology
  • SOC 372 Social Stratification

Two of the following

  • GTY 335 Disability and Aging
  • GTY 356 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health and Aging
  • GTY 478 Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Chronic Illness
  • GTY 485 Long-Term Care in an Aging Society
  • SOC 201 Social Problems
  • SOC 221 Human Sexuality
  • SOC 260A Internship: An Introduction to Applied Sociology & Human Services
  • SOC 318 Sociology of Aging & the Life Course
  • SOC 358 The Sociology of Mental Disorders

One of the following

  • KNH 206 AIDS: Etiology, Prevalence, and Prevention
  • KNH 232 Health Issues of Children and Youth'
  • KNH 243 Women's Health Care: Problems and Practices
  • KNH 386 African Americans & Health Issues
  • KNH 462 Health Program Planning and Evaluation
  • PHL 375 Moral Issues in Health Care

Ready to Declare a Med Soc Minor?

If you have questions or are ready to declare a minor in Medical Sociology, please contact our advisor, Dr. Othello Harris (