History of Medicine, Minor

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 15

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 9

Program Code: N508

  • The requirements for a minor must be completed concurrently with the major degree requirements.
  • No minor may be added by completing courses after receiving the bachelor’s degree.

At least six (6) credit hours must be earned in courses acceptable for residence credit by standards set forth by the Dodge College of Arts and Sciences, excluding transfer, correspondence, and examination (AP, CLEP, Advanced Standing) credit. Courses for the minor may not be taken Pass/No Pass.

No single course may be used by a student to satisfy a major requirement and a minor requirement. A course may be used, however, to satisfy both a major support requirement and a minor requirement.

Requests to substitute a minor requirement must be approved in writing by the Department of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

Required Course

Students must successfully complete at least 15 hours of coursework, including at least nine (9) hours at the upper-division level.

A grade of C or better must be earned for each course presented for minor credit.

Choose 15 hours from the following:15
Introduction to Health, Medicine and Society
Science, Nature and Society: Historical Perspectives
Gender Issues in Science, Technology and Medicine
Women and Medicine
Race and Science
History of Public Health
Of Acupuncture, Medicine Men & Ayurveda: Indigenous & Non-Western Medicine in Perspective
Introduction to Disability Studies
Biomedical Ethics
Modern Medicine - A Historical Introduction
Health, Medicine and Society Capstone
Total Credit Hours15


  • A list of HSTM/HMS courses with variable content is available in the department that may also count with the prior approval of the HSTM undergraduate studies committee.
  • Up to six hours of non-HSTM or HMS courses from a list of approved courses maintained in the department may be applied to the minor.
  • Courses not previously listed, which are deemed to have appropriate content, may be applied towards the minor with the prior approval of the HSTM undergraduate committee.

Minors in the Dodge College of Arts & Sciences are available to all undergraduate students at OU. If the minor is officially declared, successfully completed, and noted on the graduation application, the student’s transcript will so indicate at the time the bachelor’s degree is posted.