This minor is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduate students who are interested in the field of social work or social services and want more in-depth study in this area than other courses provide. This program is designed to complement undergraduate study programs in the University.
The purpose of the minor is to give students a basic understanding of social work practice. This includes the history, function, and processes with emphasis on skill application.
Social work is concerned with human well-being. Social workers help people function within their environment and work for improved social conditions. They provide services to people in areas such as counseling, education, health, mental health, housing, public welfare, services to the aging, care for the intellectually disabled, family services, child welfare services, and criminal justice.
Requirement for the Minor
To obtain a minor in social work, the student must declare a minor with the academic advisor and complete the 18 semester hours required for a minor, including the required 12 hours of social work classes listed below. The minor also requires an additional two elective courses from those listed below in social work, psychology, sociology, or criminal justice. However the elective courses may not overlap with coursework in the student’s declared major (e.g. a psychology major cannot take two psychology electives to meet the social work minor requirement).