Requirements for students entering Goucher in Fall 2012 or later

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

  • ANT 107 - Cultural Anthropology (3 Cr.)
  • SOC 106 - The Sociological Imagination (3 Cr.)
  • SOC 203 - Qualitative Inquiry (4 Cr.)
  • SOC 210 - Development of Sociological Thought (4 Cr.) SOC 217 - Methods of Social Research (4 Cr.)
  • Three 200-level elective sociology courses
  •  One  300-level sociology and one 300 level  sociology or  anthropology courses
  • One 400-level capstone (fulfills the writing proficiency requirement in the major. 

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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 concentration 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.


In the course of completing the concentration, students will take:

  • SOC 265 - Health and Illness (3 Cr.)
  • SOC 389 - Seminar: Sociology of Mental Health (4 Cr.)
  • One of the following: ANT 208, ANT 210, SOC 230, SOC 282


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 the concentration.

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

  • 1. Inequality, Power, and Privilege: ANT 275, SOC 220, SOC 245, SOC 270
  • 2. Institutions and Social Change: SOC 213, SOC 250, SOC 271, SOC 384