College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social Welfare Minor


The Social Welfare Minor provides a comprehensive understanding of the social welfare system, the values behind it, and the social issues facing individuals, families, groups and communities. It provides an understanding of social welfare and social service programs, and introduces students to the wide variety of Social Work positions.

Students complete one required course and four elective courses offered by the Department of Social Work for a total of 15 credits. If a student chooses to Major in Social Work, all the courses taken for the Social Welfare Minor will apply to the Major; however, students cannot receive both a Minor in Social Welfare and a Major in Social Work at the same time. Only students who graduate with a degree in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) are eligible to be licensed as social workers in the State of Iowa (LBSW) and can be considered for Advanced Standing in the MSW program.


Required Core Course:  
      SW 1001 Introduction to Social Work and Social Services   3
Electives (Select four courses from the following):


SW 2045
American Racial and Ethnic Minorities  
SW 3102
Conflict Resolution  
     SW 4121 Social Work in Mental Health Settings  
SW 4144
Social Policies and Issues  
SW 4163
Diversity and Difference  
SW 4164
Human Behavior and the Social Environment  
SW 4171
Addictions Treatment  
SW 4173
Social Services for Older Adults  
SW 4175
Child Welfare Policy and Practice  
Total Hours