Social Work Minor

Explore a holistic perspective on human behavior, social life, and cultural systems with a minor in Social Work. You will study human behavior and social environment, values and ethics, diversity, at-risk populations, social and economic justice, social welfare policy and services, and practice approaches. You will also be able to apply your knowledge through field practicum and research. Graduates will be able to integrate the underlying values of the profession and succeed in a career in social work or a variety of fields.

Minor in Social Work—SW [except Nursing and Psychology majors]-15 hours

  • SW 202 Intro to Social Work
  • SW 235 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • SW 340 Working With Diverse Populations

Two of the following:

  • SW 236 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SW 334 Social Welfare Policy and Service
  • SW 341 Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexuality Across the Lifespan
  • SW 342 Intercultural Leadership Development
  • SW 360 Health and Human Services Administration
  • SW 362 Perspectives in Gerontology
  • SW 370 Family Violence and Sexual Abuse Issues

Minor in Social Work—SW [students in Nursing and Psychology majors] (15 hours)

  • SW 202 Intro to Social Work
  • SW 236 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SW 340 Working with Diverse Populations

Two of the following:

  • SW 334 Social Welfare Policy and Service
  • SW 341 Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexuality Across the Lifespan
  • SW 342 Intercultural Leadership Development
  • SW 360 Health and Human Services Administration
  • SW 362 Perspectives in Gerontology
  • SW 370 Family Violence and Sexual Abuse Issues
  • SW 390 Special Topics in Social Work

It is recommended that students consult with their advisors and develop a long-range schedule as early as possible in their academic careers. Students interested in graduate education in social work (M.S.W. or Ph.D.), in joint graduate programs with law, public policy, public health, gerontology, or in criminal justice should work with their advisors to prepare for these career trajectories.


Minors should also consult with their Social Work advisors as early as possible and must be accepted into the minor in Social Work course of study by application to the Department of Social Work. The Council on Social Work Education does not accept the minor in Social Work as meeting the requirements for preparation for entry-level generalist social work practice. A minor in Social Work can enter the major in Social Work through an application process to the Department of Social Work, allowing the major to use her Social Work coursework toward advanced standing in the M.S.W. graduate school education.