Culture, Health and Illness Minor

The minor in culture, health and illness uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the study of health and illness among individuals and groups. Students pursuing this minor have the opportunity to study the social and cultural factors that influence the ways in which people from different backgrounds perceive and experience health and illness.

The culture, health and illness minor is fulfilled by successfully completing six courses (two from required areas and two elective courses [from at least two academic disciplines]) with a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Required Courses (six credits):

  • Introductory Anthropology
  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Principles of Sociology

Choose one of the following (students may take both*):

  • Culture, Health and Illness
  • Race, Gender and Medicine

Elective Courses (12 credits):

Your four elective courses must be from at least two different academic disciplines. The courses are grouped by tracks, though students are not required to select a single track and may choose to specialize in one aspect of culture, health and illness OR to approach the issue broadly and take courses from different tracks:

Theories and Practice of Health and Intervention

  • Demography
  • Human Osteology and Odontology
  • Sociology of the Life Course
  • Sociology of Mental Illness
  • Culture, Health and Illness*
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Politics of U.S. Health Care
  • Comparative Health Politics and Policy
  • Human Sexuality
  • Abnormal Psychology

Social and Structural Determinants of Health

  • Urban Anthropology
  • Culture, Change and Development
  • Immigrants and Their Communities
  • Social Problems in Urban Society
  • Race and Family
  • Race, Gender and Medicine*
  • Men, Masculinities and Health
  • Urban Sociology
  • Global Aid and Humanitarianism
  • Health Psychology

Epidemiology of Violence

  • Victimology
  • Domestic Violence in the U.S.
  • Sex Offenses and Sex Offenders
  • Victims Services and Policies
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Social Inequality
  • The Psychology of Prejudice

* A course can apply to only one requirement area (i.e. required or elective courses).


For a complete listing of required courses for the program in Culture, Health and Illness, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.