Catalog • 2011-2012

Global Diseases - Minor

For information, contact Dr. Alan B. Hale

The Global Diseases minor is designed to help address a global problem: millions of children and adults die each year from AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, dysentery, cancer, and from a diversity of other diseases. Solutions to these diseases will be multidisciplinary in nature, and thus, draw upon the talents of those who can communicate across the disciplines. Ultimately, the goal of this minor is to help mitigate or eliminate the impact of these diseases on the health and wellness of individuals around the globe.

Although the Global Diseases minor is based within the Department of Biological Sciences, this minor is designed to serve the interests of students from all disciplines. The impact of diseases permeates all fields, ranging from art, theatre, history and literature to economics, psychology, nursing and the natural sciences. A graduate with a major in political science and a minor in global diseases can contribute just as much to the needs of the unfortunate by working the halls of Congress, as a genetic engineering alumna who is designing a vaccine for a deadly and widespread disease. Many other paths exist across the disciplines; only hard work and creativity are essential.

The coursework associated with the minor comes from a diversity of disciplines and culminates in a capstone course during which each student presents a viable and multidisciplinary solution to a disease-related situation found somewhere in the world. Each student will have visited this foreign location and her cultural experience there will define the framework of her written thesis. Professional opportunities are diverse and will, for the most part, reflect one’s chosen path/discipline.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Global Diseases minor is to provide our society with individuals who have an enhanced awareness of global diseases, a sincere interest in finding solutions to the many problems associated with these diseases, and the skills and initiative required to effect change. Key to the success of the graduates of this minor is an understanding that no discipline stands alone in solving global problems.

Total Number of Credits

The total number of credits required for the global diseases minor, excluding the cultural experience, is 20-21, depending on whether the selected upper-level elective is 3 or 4 credits. The credit load for the cultural experience will depend on the specific opportunity, duration, and country chosen by the student.

Program Requirements for the Global Diseases Minor

In order to successfully complete a minor in global diseases, a student must have a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average in the courses used to satisfy the requirements of the minor. A grade of C- or better is needed for all courses that fulfill minor requirements. In addition, students must have completed an approved cultural experience. With the exception of the upper-level elective, all course requirements, including the cultural experience, must be completed successfully prior to participation in the capstone course. A written thesis is a requirement of the minor; the content of student theses will be the primary focus within the capstone course. Courses transferred in from another institution must have been completed within ten years from the time the minor in global diseases is declared; BIO/HON 215, BIO 260 and BIO 361 must be completed at Cedar Crest College.

Course Requirements for the Global Diseases Minor

Core Courses of the Minor

BIO/HON 215 – Bioterrorism & Emerging Infectious Diseases 3 credits
BIO 216 – Outbreak Investigations: Case Studies in Epidemiology (Alternate Years) 3 credits
BIO 311 – Multidisciplinary Solutions for Global Diseases 2 credits

Cognate Courses

3 of the following courses from 3 different disciplines (e.g., ANT, BUA, ECO)

ANT 100 - Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
ANT 310 - Women in the Developing World 3 credits
BUA 350 - Leadership 3 credits
ECO 222 - Economic Geography 3 credits
HIS 107 – European Civilization: Ideas and Experiences 3 credits
HIS 121 – Survey of United States History 3 credits
LLC 200*- Social Justice: A Global Perspective 3 credits
NUR 328 - Nursing in the Global Community 3 credits
PSC 210 - American Public Policy 3 credits
PSC 211 - Globalization & International Law 3 credits
REL 220 - Death and Dying 3 credits
REL 233 - Spirituality and Wellness 3 credits
SOC 222*- Social Justice: A Global Perspective 3 credits
SWK/SOC - 202 The Social Welfare Institution 3 credits
SWK 300 - Community Organizing 3 credits
*[Either SOC 222 or LLC 200]

Upper-level Elective

1 approved course that matches a student’s interest and preferred approach to dealing with global diseases; no restrictions on specific discipline In the future, courses outside of the biological and natural sciences will be added to the following list of approved upper-level electives.

BIO 304 – Pathophysiology 3 credits
BIO 307 – Biodiversity & Conservation Biology 3 or 4 credits
BIO 327 – Microbial Pathogenesis 4 credits
BIO 360 – The Biology of Cancer 3 credits
NEU 348 – Diseases of the Nervous System 3 or 4 credits

Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements fulfilled within the Minor

Several components of the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements are fulfilled through successful completion of courses within the Global Diseases minor. BIO/HON 215 (Bioterrorism & Emerging Infectious Diseases) is a Global Studies (GS) course. BIO 216 (Outbreak Investigations: Case Studies in Epidemiology) and BIO 311 (Multidisciplinary Solutions for Global Diseases) are designated as SCI (Natural Science) courses, and together would fulfill the Technology, Oral Presentation, and Information Literacy requirements if chosen as electives within a given major. Three cognate courses from a set of 15 must be completed for the minor; within the set of 15 courses, LAC designations include SS (5), GS (4), HUM (2) and WRI2 (1). Three of the cognate courses carry no LAC designation. Depending on which upper-level elective is chosen by a student, LAC credit may or may not be available; the same is true for the Cultural Experience if taken for credit.