Social Welfare (Minor)

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The social welfare minor prepares students for work in human service settings where a fundamental knowledge of human relations is required. It complements careers in journalism, communications, public administration, nursing and related fields, and provides a foundation for students who seek to pursue a MSW.

The minor enhances and broadens students' abilities to analyze complex family, individual and societal problems in the context of societal values, cultural diversity and other social and economic variables. The minor also contributes to students' understanding of society and social behavior, encourages critical thinking and helps develop communication skills.

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Social Welfare (Minor)

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Students should:
1. be at sophomore standing to take 300- or 400-level courses
2. complete 18 credit hours of graded course work (internship or independent study not applicable)
3. complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of resident credit at ASU
4. complete SWU 171 as the prerequisite for all upper-division SWU courses
5. earn a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher for all classes in the minor
6. maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 (4.00 scale) or higher
7. meet with a social welfare advisor prior to registration
8. take a minimum of 12 credit hours of upper-division course work from the approved list
Required Courses -- 9 credit hours
Select three credit hours from the following list -- 3 credit hours
Select six credit hours from the following list* -- 6 credit hours
Lower-division credit hours required: 6
Upper-division credit hours required: 12
Total credit hours required: 18
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.