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Social Work Minor

A Social Work Minor complements majors such as criminal justice, psychology, education, pharmacy, and other allied disciplines, helping students in their job searches and later work.

The Social Work Minor consists of seven (7) courses, or 23 s.h. The minor is designed to give students a basic background and introduction to social work and content areas in the social work field. The Social Work minor is a great complement to other majors in that it offers students skills in policy analysis, communication, cultural competence, group dynamics, assessment and intervention as well as an understanding of the importance of social context. Majors in criminal justice, psychology, education, pharmacy, and other allied disciplines should find it particularly helpful in their job searches and in their later work.

The program provides students with background and training in policy analysis, communication, cultural competence, group dynamics, assessment, and intervention, as well as an understanding of the importance of social context. Specific advantages of the coursework include:

  • Utilizing effective communication skills in their professional work
  • Using knowledge of social problems, social programs, and social welfare history to contribute to contemporary social debates
  • Appreciating the value of social capital and be able to understand, analyze, influence, and formulate social policies
  • Creating positive change within organizations and service delivery systems
  • Applying theoretical frameworks, supported by empirical evidence, that offer insight into the development and behavior of individuals over the life span as well as into the interactions among individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Acting in a culturally competent manner so that individuals from all backgrounds are respected
  • Understanding the concept of self-awareness, how to facilitate resolutions in group situations, and act in a professional manner in the workplace
  • Understanding and working to eliminate the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination at all system levels