May 17, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Health and Society, B.A.


The health and society major is intended to promote a broad understanding of health and its determinants for students planning careers in the health professions. The program offers B.A. and B.S. scholars with knowledge spanning the sciences, social sciences, humanities and behavioral sciences through intensive collaboration and cross-disciplinary communication among students and faculty involved in the major.

Two concentrations are offered. Track 1, with physiological emphasis (B.S. only), is a bench science track oriented to students pursuing graduate study in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and other clinical fields. Track 2, with social and cultural emphasis (B.A. or B.S.), is a behavioral and social science track oriented to students pursuing allied health-related careers, research and graduate study in the allied health professions, including public health, health care administration, psychology, and medical anthropology or sociology. Students pursing a major in health and society may pursue either a major or minor in anthropology, but only six credit hours may be double-counted.

Students pursuing a major in anthropology may not also pursue a minor in anthropology. Students  pursing a major in health and society may pursue either a major or minor in anthropology, but only six credit hours may be double-counted.

Admission to this program is by competitive application to the department. Applications are accepted twice annually in September and February. Applicants must have completed at least 24 credit hours and the laboratory science courses required for their specific program track. Applicants may only apply twice to the program. Additional information is available on the department’s website.

Note: This program of study does not satisfy requirements for the Medical College Admission Test or medical school applications. Students preparing for admission to health-related graduate schools must consult with the prehealth professions adviser for further information and course requirements.

SMU Degree Requirements

An SMU undergraduate degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and must include completion of the University’s Common Curriculum , one major and a combination of electives and/or other majors or minors. Completion of certain majors requires more than 120 hours to finish the degree. The credit hours within this curriculum are distributed as follows:

Requirements for the Major


Foundation and Capstone Experience (15–16 Credit Hours)


Concentration Courses (20 Credit Hours)


Track 2: Social and Cultural Emphasis


Elective Courses (13 Credit Hours)

13 credit hours chosen from the following with no more than 12 hours from any single department; at least 9 hours at the 3000 level or higher. Students may take one elective from Track 1 courses, listed in the Health and Society, B.S.  requirements, to count as an elective for Track 2.

Total for the Major Only: 35-36 Credit Hours