GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH/SOCIOLOGY
This major draws on the Department of Sociology's strength in theoretical creativity and substantive empirical research on important social issues. Global public health/sociology graduates may go on to a diverse array of careers in law, health, public administration, and social service, as well as further graduate study in sociology, public health, or related disciplines.
Students in this combined major must consult with the DUS or other departmental adviser to work out a course plan, especially as this major requires students to study away for one semester. The following are the fifteen courses (60 points) that must be completed with a grade of C or higher [please note that the post-intermediate language requirement for the major applies only to students who matriculated before fall 2021; if they are granted a waiver or exemption from the requirement, they must take an additional (third) 4-point elective in the major. Students who matriculate in and after fall 2021 have no post-intermediate language requirement for this major, and are all required to take three major electives]:
Global public health requirements (six courses/24 points):
- Health and Society in a Global Context (UGPH-GU 10; no prerequisites)
- Biostatistics for Public Health (UGPH-GU 20). This satisfies the College Core Curriculum requirement in Quantitative Reasoning.
- Epidemiology for Global Health (UGPH-GU 30)
- Health Policy in a Global World (UGPH-GU 40)
- Environmental Health in a Global World (UGPH-GU 50)
- Undergraduate Experiential Learning in Global Public Health (UGPH-GU 60)
Note well: UGPH-GU 10 is the prerequisite or corequisite for UGPH-GU 20, 30, 40, and 50. UGPH-GU 30 is an additional (recommended) prerequisite or corequisite for UGPH-GU 40. In addition, UGPH-GU 10, 20, and 30 are firm prerequisites for UGPH-GU 60.
One foreign language course above the intermediate two level (one course/4 points):
- This requirement applies only to students who matriculated before fall 2021; students who matriculate in and after fall 2021 do not take this additional course.
- Students in the former category may petition for a waiver from the requirement, or may use an NYU language placement or language exemption exam to meet this requirement. If they successfully waive or exempt out of the requirement, they must take an additional (third) 4-point major elective (see below) to satisfy the total number of credits required for the major. For more details, consult the archived PDF of the 2020-2022 CAS Bulletin at bulletin.cas.nyu.edu, or discuss with a major adviser.
- Students in the latter category are all required to take a third elective in the major (see below) to replace the discontinued (for them) 4-point post-intermediate language requirement and satisfy the total number of credits required for the major.
Sociology requirements (four courses/16 points):
- Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1)
- Sociological Theory (SOC-UA 111)
- Research Methods (SOC-UA 301)
- Advanced Seminar in Sociology (SOC-UA 934 through 939)
Sociology electives (two courses/8 points), to be chosen from the list below. Electives not listed require the approval of the director of undergraduate studies:
- Sex and Gender (SOC-UA 21)
- Race and Ethnicity (SOC-UA 135)
- Wealth, Power, Status: Inequality in Society (SOC-UA 137)
- Social Policy in Modern Societies (SOC-UA 313)
- Sociology of Medicine (SOC-UA 414)
- The Family (SOC-UA 451)
- Immigration (SOC-UA 452)
- Cities, Communities, and Urban Life (SOC-UA 460)
Major electives (three courses/12 points):
- Three additional electives must be completed in the GPH program or sociology, by advisement. For students who matriculate in and after fall 2021, the third elective replaces the discontinued (for them) post-intermediate language requirement in this major.
- Students who matriculated before fall 2021 technically have a major elective requirement of only two courses/8 points; however, if they waive or exempt out of the major's post-intermediate language requirement, they must take a third major elective for 4 points.
All majors must also study away for one semester.
The Sociology portion of the GPH/Sociology Co-Major requires 8 courses, and up to 2 courses may be completed with transfer credits. For transfer course credits to be considered, a course substitution form and the syllabus of the course being petitioned for credit must be submitted to the Sociology Director of Undergraduate Studies for review. Once a decision is rendered, you will be notified by the Sociology Department via email. No course is guaranteed.
For descriptions of GPH (UGPH-GU) courses and for all policies applying to the major (including those for transfer students), please see the global public health section of this Bulletin.