Goucher College 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    Sep 25, 2022  
Goucher College 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalogue PLEASE NOTE: This is an archived catalog. Programs are subject to change each academic year.

Sociology Major

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All majors must complete a minimum of 39 credits within the department. Required courses include:


*Fulfills the writing proficiency requirement in the major.

Concentration in Health and Medicine

The concentration in health and medicine is designed for students interested in the many methodological and theoretical approaches sociologists use to study illness, health, health care systems and policy, and the field of medicine. Students seeking applied research and policy careers in public and private health, mental health, and social service organizations and agencies, as well as those who plan to apply to doctoral programs with a medical sociology concentration will find this concentration of particular interest and utility. Courses examine the phenomena and definitions of health, illness, and disability (both mental and physical), as well as patient experiences of health care, differential access to medical resources and inequality in treatment, medical education, and the structure of the health care system. Students will be offered insight into the organization of health care systems and policies both in the United States and globally and the professions that make up these systems such as medicine, psychology, and social work. Students graduating with a concentratin in health and medicine will be well suited to go on in the sociology of medicine, to undertake research positions in health services organizations, research organizations and institutes, mental health fields such as psychology and social work, or to work in the field of public health.

Concentration in social justice

The social justice concentration helps focus student’s coursework around issues of inequality and social justice. The concentration brings sociology and anthropology’s long standing interest in inequality (in realms such as class, race, gender, and culture) together with a consideration of the roles that institutions play in exacerbating or reducing inequality. Students who elect this concentration are strongly encouraged to participate in community-based learning, whether through courses in or outside of the concentration.

Students will take 2 courses in each of the following 2 areas:

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