Global Diseases - Minor

For information, contact Dr. Alan B. Hale,, 610-606-4666, ext. 3510

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, communications, 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 and one cognate course, all course requirements, including the cultural experience, must be completed successfully prior to participation in the capstone course (BIO 311). 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 216 and BIO 311 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 211 – Introduction to Health Care Systems 3 credits
BUA 350 - Leadership 3 credits 

COM 212 – Intercultural Communication 3 credits
ECO 222 - Economic Geography 3 credits

GST 100 – The Globalizing World 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 

NTR 130 – Food and Culture 3 credits
NUR 328 - Nursing in the Global Community 3 credits 

PSC 210 - American Public Policy 3 credits 

PSC 211 - The New Global Economy 3 credits

PSY 201 – Mind-Body Medicine 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

SPA 205 – Spanish for Health Professionals – 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

An upper-level elective for this minor is a student-selected course that matches the student’s interest and preferred approach to dealing with global diseases. Although this course will typically fall within the discipline associated with her major, this is not essential. For example, if a student majoring in biology has a sincere interest in psychology and has taken the foundational courses in psychology, she may decide to take an advanced psychology course that in some way improves her ability to address issues associated with global diseases. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the director of the global diseases program to discuss her choice of an upper-level elective and to have it formally approved. There are many courses within a diversity of disciplines that would fulfill this requirement.

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, and BIO 216 (Outbreak Investigations: Case Studies in Epidemiology) and BIO 311 (Multidisciplinary Solutions for Global Diseases) are designated as SCI (Natural Science) courses. Three cognate courses from a set of 21 must be completed for the minor; within this set of courses, LAC designations include SS (7), GS (7), HUM (2) and WRI2 (1). Four of the cognate courses carry no LAC designation. LAC credit may or may not be available depending upon which upper-level elective is chosen by a student; the same is true for the Cultural Experience if taken for credit.