University Catalog 2023-2024

Social Work (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The minor in Social Work is designed to familiarize students with the social service system, major social welfare programs, and elements of the profession of social work. This is an excellent minor for students interested in combining a primary academic area (major), such as sociology, political science, or psychology with social welfare and professional social work content.  It is also an excellent field of study for students majoring in any area who many need or desire knowledge of social welfare and social services. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

In both instances, students can contact the Advising Coordinator listed below.  The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. Application for admission to the BSW minor program is available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.


Danielle Fox

SIS Code:  16SWM

Plan Requirements

  • A total of 16 hours (5 courses) is required for the minor. Four required courses (13 credit hours) and one SW Elective (3 credit hours).
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better must be achieved in each class counting toward the minor and an overall GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in the minor courses.
  • All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade. Credit only is not permitted.
  • A maximum of six credit hours may be transferred into the minor from another CSWE-accredited institution. The School of Social Work will determine which courses transferred from other institutions may qualify to meet requirements for the minor.
  • A maximum of ONE (1) course may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
Required Courses
SW 201Introduction to Social Work4
SW 290The Development of Social Welfare and Social Work in the U.S.3
SW 307Social Welfare Policy: Analysis and Advocacy3
SW 310Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice3
Elective Courses3
Multicultural Social Work
Social Work in Schools
African American Families: History, Tradition, and Community
Child Welfare
Addiction Recovery and Social Work Practice
Direct Practice with Older Adults
The Legal Aspects of Social Work
Special Topics in Social Work 1
Independent Studies in Social Work 2
Total Hours16