Minor in Social Work

Why Minor in Social Work?

Minors are an optional addition to a degree. A minor may relate directly to your major(s) or may reflect your interest in an area entirely different and separate from your major(s). Most students who opt to minor in social work do so because they have a related major (for example, sociology, psychology, political science, communications, American studies) and they anticipate working in a helping profession.   Sometimes students, in what may seem like unrelated fields such as business or the sciences, see the benefit of learning more about social justice, social welfare and diverse populations in our society. Because the Social Work major is a selective admissions major, some students who are not admitted but still want to pursue their interests in helping others will take social work courses.  Sometimes students become familiar with the social work field too late in their undergraduate studies to apply to the program, but want to study more in our field.  To explore further if the minor is for you, contact the Social Work Program Administrator (kate-kemp@uiowa.edu, 335-1254 or Tiffany Phillips (tiffany-b-phillips@uiowa.edu).

Checklist for the Social Work Minor

A Social Work minor requires completion of SSW:1022 Social Justice and Social Welfare in the U.S. (3 s.h.) or SSW:2222 Intro to Social Work (4 s.h.) and an additional 12 semester hours of Social Work  graded coursework in Social Work with a grade point average of at least 2.0.  At least 12 of those 15-16 hours must be completed in the Social Work department at The University of Iowa. Students must complete Social Justice and Social Welfare in the U.S. or Intro to Social Work (or its equivalent) before (or concurrent with) any other Social Work course which is open to non-majors.  Students can declare a minor on ISIS (Student Records: Programs of Study section). Students must inform the Registrar's Office of their desire to have a minor listed on their transcript at the time of applying for a degree.

Required Introductory Course   -  SSW:1022 Social Justice and Social Welfare in the United States 3 s.h.  or

SSW:2222 Intro to Social Work   4 s.h. (or equivalent courses- contact the Social Work Program Administrator (kate-kemp@uiowa.edu, 335-1254) with questions about the minor or courses from community colleges that equate to “Intro to Social Work”)

Electives in Social Work – Select from the following options for a total of 12 s.h.

SSW:3135  Global Aging 3 s.h. (offered via the web)

SSW:3500 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I 3 s.h. (both classroom and web sections)

SSW:3600  Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II 3 s.h. (both classroom and web sections)

SSW:3712 Human Sexuality, Diversity, and Society 3 s.h.

SSW:3729  Substance Use and Abuse 3 s.h. (offered via the Web and in the classroom)

SSW:3786 Death/Dying: Issues Across the Life Span 3 s.h.

SSW:3796 Family Violence 3 s.h.

SSW:3797  Child Welfare Policy and Practice 3 s.h.

SSW:4100  Social Work in the Criminal Justice System3 s.h. (offered via the web)

SSW:4155  Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders 3 s.h. (offered via the web)

SSW:4700  Motivational Interviewing in Diverse App

*Contact the Social Work Program Administrator (kate-kemp@uiowa.edu, 335-1254) with questions about the minor or courses from community colleges that equate to “Intro to Social Work."