Minor in Social Work

What is Social Work?

Social Work promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships, and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well‐being.

Growing field

Since the economic conditions as variable, all indicators predict a sharp increase in demand for social workers over the next decade. Now is an excellent time to pursue a concentration in social work!

Marian Students

Career Path Possibilities


  • Adoption
  • Bereavement
  • Domestic violence
  • Vocational and rehab
  • Hospice
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Youth services

Coordinators and case managers of services

  • Home health care
  • Child welfare
  • Housing
  • Human resources
  • Public affairs


  • Child
  • Adolescent
  • Marriage and family

Administrators in public and private human service agencies

  • Community development workers
  • Public policy analysts
  • Global rights workers:
    • Juvenile and adult justice systems

Required Classes for the Concentration in Social Work

PSY 220- Human Growth and Development 3 credits
Major theories, developmental stages, and current research in the area of human development are studied. (SEM)

SOC 265- Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
Prerequisite: 101 or permission. This course is an introduction to the profession of social work and the social welfare system. (SPR)

SWK 270–Social Welfare Policy and Programs 3 credits
Prerequisite: SOC 265 or permission of instructor. Introduces the historical development, mission, and philosophy of social welfare in the United States with a focus on the analysis of current social welfare programs. (2SO)

SWK 310- Strategies for Social Work Practice 3 credits
Prerequisite: SOC 265 or permission of instructor. A presentation of basic knowledge, skills, and theory used for entry-level professional practice, such as bio-psychosocial assessment techniques, interviewing skills, crisis intervention, and referral procedures. (FAL)

SWK 350- Social Work Research and Assessment 3 credits**
Prerequisites: PSY/SOC 205 and SOC 265. This course presents a broad range of research and assessment tools that social workers can use to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their practice. The use of accurate methods to assess clients and program outcomes is emphasized. Applied group projects are required. (2SE)

PSY/SOC 460- Internship 3 credits
Prerequisites: Junior status, a 2.0 cumulative GPA, instructor permission, and a grade of C or above in all completed required major courses. Students are placed in a supervised experience in psychology or related field according to their career interests and academic abilities. A minimum of five hours per week of on-the-job work is required to earn credit. (SEM)

**SWK 350 and PSY 230 may substituted for PSY 250 and PSY 300 courses
** SWK 350 can be substituted for SOC 301 course

Concentration in Social Work for Psychology and Sociology majors only Required: 18 credits 

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