Social Work Major & Minor


45 credit hours in social work constitutes a major.  

SOCW 151 Introduction to the Profession of Social Work 3 cr
SOCW 210 Social Welfare: Policy and Services 3 cr
SOCW 220 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3 cr
SOCW 240 Communication and Counseling Skills 3 cr
SOCW 260 Diverse Populations: Human Rights & Justice 3 cr
SOCW 356 Professional Intervention and Human Services 3 cr
SOCW 365 Introduction to Methods of Social Research 4 cr
SOCW 386 Junior Integrative Seminar and Field Experience 2 cr
SOCW 410 Analysis of Social Policy 3 cr
SOCW 455 Social Work Practice I 3 cr
SOCW 456 Social Work Practice II 3 cr
SOCW 485 Integrative Seminar I 6 cr
SOCW 486 Integrative Seminar II 5 cr
SOCW 493 Event Leadership and Organizing for Communities 1 cr

Also required are PSY 110 and 201, SOC 110, one course in political science and one of the following courses:  ECON 136, 221, 222, 233, GEO 201 or 320.

Educationally directed internships/field placements are required for social work majors and are completed while students are concurrently enrolled in SOCW 386, 485 and 486.  These focused and supervised learning experiences are coordinated and approved by the Social Work Department's Director of Field Education.  Juniors complete a 100 hour internship in the spring semester of their junior year and seniors complete a 450 hour internship in the fall and spring semesters of their senior year. 

While work, volunteer, and other life experiences are encouraged and enhance student development and enrich learning, no academic credit can be given for such experiences as a substitute for social work courses or field education requirements.

Students are required to maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0, and 2.5 in required social work courses, in order to remain in the major.  Adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics and liability insurance for field practice are required.

The Double Major:

Because students graduate from the Department of Social Work with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, students wishing to have a major in addition to social work must declare Social Work as their first major. Those who desire to enhance their learning by pursuing co-curricular plans of a double major or minor are encouraged to do do. Most common second majors include: Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Spanish, Theology, Deaconess Program, and Global Service.  Other options are possible as well!


A minimum of 15 credit hours in social work constitutes a minor.  These credits may be selected from SOCW 151, 210, 220, 240, 260, 365, 390, 391, 410. Other courses may be requested as substitutions for meeting the requirements of the Social Work minor. Substitutions are subject to review by the department chair.