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Minor in Social Work

The Minor in Social Work will offer students a focused course of study in the field of social work. The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty (NASW, 2008). This minor will focus specifically on serving vulnerable children, adolescents and families and meet the following learning objectives:

  • A comprehensive overview of the field of social work, with a particular focus on policy and practice issues relevant to vulnerable children and families.
  • A cadre of courses that will supplement and/or enhance students` related major field of study (e.g., psychology, sociology, child advocacy, family science and human development, justice studies, etc.).
  • A foundation of social work that may lead to employment with social services agencies at the state and local level, such as the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
  • An area of study that will raise student awareness of policy and practice issues relevant to vulnerable, oppressed and impoverished populations, with a specific emphasis on children and families.
  • The requisite knowledge and outlook in social work to help students as they pursue Master of Social Work (MSW) programs and other relevant graduate program, as well as foundational knowledge for careers in other human service professions.

The minor consists of 6 courses (18 credit hours). To add the minor please email Nathaniel Aker at  You will need to complete a Major/ Minor form.

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Mr. Aker can also schedule an advisement with the Program Manager or the Chair to discuss any of our programs.

View Minor Requirements in the Course Catalog