Adjunct Major - 10 units
The SHC program offers an adjunct major, meaning that students who major in SHC must also fulfill the requirements of a departmental major. Students interested should speak with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Professor Sokhieng Au, to discuss the program and develop a theme based upon their interests. They should then complete a Major Declaration Form which is located on the WCAS Undergraduate Studies and Advising website under the heading Choosing and Declaring a Major and email it to the DUS. Students will need to complete ten (10) courses that match their interests, selected from the list of approved courses.
- Students must take three (3) of the following core courses including at least one (1) from each list below:
|Hist 251 - The Politics of Disaster: A Global Environmental History (co-listed as Env. Pol. 390)||Hum 220 - Health, Biomedicine, Culture, and Society (co-listed as Sociol 220)|
|Hist 275-1 - History of Early Modern Science and Medicine||Phil 268 - Ethics and the Environment|
|Hist 275-2 - History of Modern Science and Medicine||Phil 269 - Bioethics|
|Hist 325 - History of American Technology||Phil 326 - Philosophy of Medicine|
|Hist 377 - History of American Medicine||Soc 220 - Health, Biomedicine, Culture, and Society (co-listed as Hum 220)|
|Hist 378 - History of Law and Science||Soc 319 - Sociology of Science|
|Hist 379 - Biomedicine and World History||Soc 355 - Medical Sociology|
- At least six (6) of the ten (10) courses for the adjunct major must be at the 300-level.
- No more than two (2) of the ten (10) courses may be double-counted with the other major (for WCAS majors).
- Course substitutions may be allowed with the consent of the SHC director.
Honors - 12 units
Students enrolled in the SHC adjunct major may pursue honors. To do so, they must take nine (9) SHC courses and also write a senior thesis of high quality while taking Honors Seminar SHC 398-1, 398-2 and 398-3 over three quarters. Application to SHC 398-1 should be made in May of their junior year when the student supplies the SHC director with 1) a research proposal, 2) the consent of a faculty advisor interested in working with the student, and 3) a transcript indicating a GPA of 3.5 or greater overall and within SHC. Students who complete their thesis with distinction will then be recommended for honors by the director of SHC, the student’s faculty advisor, and one other designated SHC faculty member. The final decision to award honors is made by the Committee on Honors of WCAS.