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Social Work B.S.W.

Social Work
College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 79
  • Degree: Bachelor of Social Work
The bachelor of social work (B.S.W.) program prepares students for generalist practice in a variety of human service settings. Graduates undertake a variety of professional social work roles ranging from counselor and case manager to community organizer and advocate. The curriculum has a special focus on services to American Indians and their communities.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • primarily online (at least 80% of the instruction for the program is online with short, intensive periods of face-to-face coursework)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Evidence of engagement in community service or volunteer work.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Admission Requirements (16 cr)
Take UST 1000 for 1 credit.
PSY 1003 - General Psychology [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (4.0 cr)
SOC 1101 - Introduction to Sociology [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
SW 1000 - Introduction to Social Welfare [SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
BIOL 1001 - Biology and Society [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Required Courses (40 cr)
SW 4121 must be taken for 6 credits.
PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods (4.0 cr)
SW 1619 - Race, Class, and Gender in the United States [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
SW 4100 - Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice (3.0 cr)
SW 4101 - Human Behavior in Social Environment (3.0 cr)
SW 4102 - Introduction to Social Work Research (3.0 cr)
SW 4103 - Senior Capstone Project (2.0 cr)
SW 4111 - Introduction to Individual, Family and Group Practice (3.0 cr)
SW 4112 - Organization and Community Practice (3.0 cr)
SW 4120 - Community Volunteer Experience (1.0 cr)
SW 4121 - Senior Field Placement (3.0-6.0 cr)
SW 4190 - American Indian Social Work Practice Issues (3.0 cr)
SW 4201 - Social Welfare Policy (3.0 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writ (3 cr)
Social Work Electives (12 cr)
Other classes may be used with permission of advisor
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· SW 1210 - Global Issues [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· SW 4113 - Introduction to Child Welfare Practice (3.0 cr)
· SW 5061 - Computers in the Human Services (1.0-2.0 cr)
· SW 5091 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SW 5095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SW 5096 - Special Project (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SW 5111 - Grant Writing in the Human Services (1.0-2.0 cr)
· SW 5222 - Intervention in Family Violence (1.0-2.0 cr)
· SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy (2.0 cr)
· SW 5280 - Addressing Alcohol Related Problems in Social Work Practice (1.0-2.0 cr)
Non Social Work Electives (11 cr)
Other classes may be used with permission of advisor.
Take 11 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AAAS 1104 - Introduction to Black America [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AAAS 3201 - The African American Family (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1001 - Introduction to American Indian Studies [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1010 - American Indian Experience to 1900 [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1020 - American Indian Experiences: 1900-present [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1103 - Beginning Ojibwe I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1104 - Beginning Ojibwe II [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1204 - Minnesota Tribal-State Relations: History, Law, Conflict and Conflict Resolution (1.0 cr)
· AMIN 2210 - American Indian Politics: Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights [LE CAT6, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2405 - American Indian Families and Society [LE CAT8, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2407 - Boarding Schools and Beyond: A History of American Indian Education [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 1080 - Understanding Global Cultures [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3.0 cr)
· BHSC 5432 - Clinical Psychopharmacology (3.0 cr)
· COMM 1000 - Human Communication Theory [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3220 - Communication in Organizations (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· CRIM 1301 - Introduction to Criminology [LE CAT8, SOC SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CRIM 3324 - Sociology of Criminal Law (3.0 cr)
· WS 2001 - Introduction to Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Studies [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ECH 2010 - Foundational Issues in Early Childhood Studies (3.0 cr)
· EDUC 1100 - Human Diversity [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· EDUC 3340 - Interacting with Diverse Families (3.0 cr)
· EDUC 5340 - Interacting With Diverse Families (3.0 cr)
· EDUC 5381 - Teaching Indigenous Students (2.0 cr)
· GEOG 1202 - World Regional Geography [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 1304 - Human Geography [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 2305 - Geography of Cultural Diversity [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 2360 - Geography of Religion [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 1007 - Philosophy and World Religions [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 2023 - Marriages and Families Worldwide [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 2223 - Gender in Society [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3051 - Cross-cultural Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3201 - Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3211 - Group Dynamics (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3215 - Topics in Human Sexuality (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3231 - Psychology of Drug Use (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3381 - Adult Development and Aging (3.0 cr)
· SOC 1201 - Sociology of the Family [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3821 - Sociology of Community (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3901 - Social Change and Social Policy (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3945 - Social Stratification (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4370 - Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4949 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3.0 cr)
· SPED 1357 - Individuals with Disabilities in Society [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· SPED 4250 - Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders (4.0 cr)
· SPED 4850 - Foundations of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (4.0 cr)
· WS 1000 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CULT DIV, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· WS 2101 - Women, Race, and Class [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· WS 3350 - Women and the Law [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· WS 3450 - Motherhood and Mothering: Institution and Experience (3.0 cr)
· WS 3800 - Feminist Activism and Community Organizing (4.0 cr)
 
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PSY 1003 - General Psychology (LE CAT6, SOC SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of behavior; current knowledge of biological, social, and cognitive areas of psychology. Assessment, research methods, human development, personality, mental disorders, and therapy.
SOC 1101 - Introduction to Sociology (LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to sociological concepts and their application.
SW 1000 - Introduction to Social Welfare (SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Contemporary social welfare problems and the historical development of social services programs designed to address them. Complex social problems, such as poverty, homelessness and child maltreatment examined, as well as the response of social institutions, social policies, and the profession of social work to these problems. Social justice issues and the role of citizen involvement to create change.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
BIOL 1001 - Biology and Society (LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course covers basic biology as it pertains to contemporary issues. Biology coverage includes cell biology, genetics, evolution and ecology. In addition to helping students understand biology, students will learn to more critically evaluate science that is presented in the media. (3 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab) prereq: For nonmajors
PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology (LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major processes in human development, conception through lifespan; biological and cultural influences on physical-motor, cognitive, social, and emotional development; effects of diverse cultural traditions and values; social policy implications.
PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics; introduction to correlational analysis and regression; sampling techniques and statistical inference; applications of simple and factorial design analysis of variance and other parametric and nonparametric hypothesis-test statistics in the behavioral sciences. prereq: Elem Algebra, Math placement test
SW 1619 - Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Race, class, and gender as pivotal dimensions in American society. Similarities and differences between groups, dynamics of discrimination, and efforts to meet needs and achieve potential for all groups in America.
SW 4100 - Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: admission to social work program, 4111 or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines societal issues generated by systemic discrimination and explores methods for reducing discrimination. Particular focus on advanced social work practice with diverse populations. prereq: admission to social work program, 4111 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4101 - Human Behavior in Social Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of social psychological and social systems concepts. Applications of concepts to social work and human service issues. Focus on individuals, human development, families, groups, organization, communities, and society/culture. prereq: 1000, 1619 (concurrent registration is allow) or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4102 - Introduction to Social Work Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, 1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to social science research and its applications to social work and social welfare. Cultural competence and relation of practice and research. prereq: Admission to social work program, 1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4103 - Senior Capstone Project
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: pre or co-req 4121 or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course will help students complete their ePortfolio which is the capstone project for the social work program. prereq: pre or co-req 4121 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4111 - Introduction to Individual, Family and Group Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, 1000, 4101 or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to generalist social work practice, social work ethics, the ecological perspective, and the problem-solving model. prereq: Admission to social work program, 1000, 4101 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4112 - Organization and Community Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, 4111 or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development of knowledge and skills for beginning-level macro social work practice. Topics include understanding human service organizations, promoting organizational change, using supervision, community advocacy, policy practice, ethics, and cultural competence. prereq: Admission to social work program, 4111 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4120 - Community Volunteer Experience
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, background check, 1000, 4111 (concurrent registration is allowed) and instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Community volunteer experience with emphasis on working with vulnerable populations. Beginning experience in a social service setting to acquire skills in relationships building and to develop understanding of social work ethics, values, and roles in a diverse society. Seminars will focus on student exploration of self in relationship to helping. prereq: Admission to social work program, background check, 1000, 4111 (concurrent registration is allowed) and instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4121 - Senior Field Placement
Credits: 3.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, 1000, 4120 or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practicum experience with emphasis on developing knowledge and skill base for generalist practice in a community agency. Concurrent seminar assists students in integrating classroom theories and intervention methodologies with field experiences. Application to diverse populations. prereq: Admission to social work program, 1000, 4120 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4190 - American Indian Social Work Practice Issues
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to historical and contemporary social work practice issues with American Indians. Policy issues, cultural and sensitivity knowledge, and practice methods with American Indian clients and communities at micro and macro levels of intervention. prereq: 4100 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4201 - Social Welfare Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of major social welfare policies in the United States. Policy analysis from a historical, social, economic and political perspective. Focus on policy practice roles for social workers as policy analysts and advocates for social justice. prereq: 1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 1210 - Global Issues (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01459 - SW 1210/1211/1212
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Global problems of war, peace, national security; population, food, hunger; environmental concerns, global resources; economic and social development; human rights. Examines issues from a global problem-solving perspective. Value, race, class, gender differences.
SW 4113 - Introduction to Child Welfare Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, 1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to social work child welfare practice, with a focus on practice in public sector county and tribal settings and a special emphasis on child protection. prereq: Admission to social work program, 1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 5061 - Computers in the Human Services
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: junior or senior or grad student or instructor consent
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of computers in the human services, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, communication, and internet. prereq: junior or senior or grad student or instructor consent
SW 5091 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed reading, research, or other experiences leading to presentation of a report. prereq: instructor consent
SW 5095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Proseminar on contemporary topics of concern to students and faculty. Topics announced in Class Schedule.
SW 5096 - Special Project
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Approval of faculty sponsor and field coordinator required to do a project in generalist or advanced generalist social work practice. Project may closely coordinate with another course or may be an independent area of interest. prereq: instructor consent
SW 5111 - Grant Writing in the Human Services
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Step-by-step development of grant planning and grant writing. Sources of grants: private foundations and public agencies. Needs assessment methodologies, budgeting, and program evaluation. prereq: Jr or sr or Grad or instructor consent
SW 5222 - Intervention in Family Violence
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Current theory, research, and practice in field of family violence. Multidisciplinary assessment and intervention skills for working with families with diverse backgrounds. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instructor consent
SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Policies affecting the well-being of women; strategies for better meeting women's needs. Focuses on policies that affect women's roles and statuses within the domestic unit and within larger economic and political spheres. prereq: Jr or sr or Grad or instructor consent
SW 5280 - Addressing Alcohol Related Problems in Social Work Practice
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
A multi-level systems perspective in examining the effects of alcohol problems on individuals, families and other populations. Topics will include: epidemiology, etiology, screening, assessment, diagnosis, treatment options, specialized populations and various social work practice areas. prereq: Jr or Sr or Grad or instructor consent
AAAS 1104 - Introduction to Black America (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examination of black America in historical and contemporary periods to the post Obama era. African roots in the formation of black American society; genesis of slavery; impact of slavery on black America; contestation of slavery; black oppression; powerlessness and marginality. Black agitation for civil and economics rights; African American social, cultural, economic, and political thoughts; the persistency of structural racial inequities on blacks; closing the gap of inequality; future of black America. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for AAAS 1100
AAAS 3201 - The African American Family
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is about the past and current structure of the African American family. It traces the development and formation of the African American family beginning from the period of slavery through emancipation, reconstruction, and the post-Obama modern era. The course will feature the patterns and trends in African American family formation, marriage, family life, single parenthood, issues affecting black children and youth, the roles of matriarchs, relationships between black men and women, and the impact of economic and political forces on urban and rural black family life. Attention is given to class and the socioeconomic dynamics of African American life, the rise of the black middle class, the persistence of the urban underclass and the implications for America. The negotiation of bi-racial and multiracial black family identities is stressed, including the current formation of African American diaspora families. prereq: minimum 60 credits
AMIN 1001 - Introduction to American Indian Studies (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course serves non-majors, majors, and minors, introducing them to the history, methodologies, and community-oriented aspirations of American Indian studies. Students will collaboratively explore texts, topics, intellectuals, and issues crucial to the field, thereby preparing themselves and one another to be ethically-engaged residents of the Anishinaabe lands in which our campus is situated, and to excel in other courses both within and well-beyond UMD's AMIN curriculum.
AMIN 1010 - American Indian Experience to 1900 (LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the social, economic, political, and cultural changes and continuities of American Indian life up to 1900. Native-European encounters, the formation of the United States, and the establishments of hundreds of treaties between the federal government and Native nations has continued relevance for both Native peoples and Americans today. Students will critically interrogate how we interpret the past and how these narratives shape and inform the present. Credit will not be granted if already received for 1110.
AMIN 1020 - American Indian Experiences: 1900-present (LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Through a chronological and biographical approach, the social, economic, political, and cultural changes and continuities of American Indian life from 1900 to the present will be introduced. Significant changes experienced by American Indians as well as their ability to adapt, resist, and thrive will be analyzed. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 1120.
AMIN 1103 - Beginning Ojibwe I (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Speaking and comprehension of basic Ojibwe speech patterns. Development of rudimentary reading knowledge.
AMIN 1104 - Beginning Ojibwe II (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Speaking and comprehension of basic Ojibwe speech patterns. Development of rudimentary reading knowledge. prereq: 1103 or instructor consent
AMIN 1204 - Minnesota Tribal-State Relations: History, Law, Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
This course will explore the relationship between Indian tribes in Minnesota and the state government. It will first provide a brief history of federal Indian policy from colonization through the present day with a focus on tribal-state relations. Second, it will provide the legal background (regulatory, civil and criminal) between tribes and states generally and Minnesota tribes specifically. Third, it will provide a brief history of the eleven Minnesota tribes and Minnesota treaties and statues. Fourth, it will provide an overview of issues in which tribal and state jurisdiction may conflict. Fifth, it will provide new methods for resolving conflicts and the future of tribal-state agreements. Each of these will be presented in five three hour presentations.
AMIN 2210 - American Indian Politics: Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights (LE CAT6, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Introduces critical terms and issues facing American Indian nations in their relationships with federal and state governments as well as their own conceptions of nationhood and law by critically analyzing the principal actors and discussing the roles national mythologies, media, identity, and activism play in law and policy formation. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2110.
AMIN 2405 - American Indian Families and Society (LE CAT8, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Indigenous North American families before European contact; impact of contact, events and governmental policies upon family structure and survival: Native parenting past and present; current issues for American Indian families.
AMIN 2407 - Boarding Schools and Beyond: A History of American Indian Education (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Explores the diverse experiences American Indians have had in the U.S. educational system from federal boarding schools to contemporary public schools and tribal colleges. Students will be exposed to rhetorical and political aspects of education. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2707.
ANTH 1080 - Understanding Global Cultures (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Explores nations around the globe towards the goal of developing a cross-cultural understanding of how cultures function. Explores America as a foreign culture, looking at the United States from the viewpoints of foreign anthropologists and other scholars, using comparative ethnographic perspectives to interpret aspects of American culture.
ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology (LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to representative cultures of the world and to concepts and methods of cultural anthropology, focusing on range of variation and degree of uniformity in human behavior and in cultural adaptations.
ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cross-cultural survey of gender systems, focusing on contemporary women's lives around the world. prereq: minimum 30 credits
BHSC 5432 - Clinical Psychopharmacology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Clinical application of pharmacological principles; overview of major psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, substance abuse, and sleep disorders; appropriate treatments of psychological disorders with psychotropic medications. Clinical guidelines for psychotropic drugs.
COMM 1000 - Human Communication Theory (LE CAT3, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to fundamental concepts, models, and theories of human communication. Issues concerning verbal and nonverbal symbolic processes, language and meaning, and the relationship between communication and understanding. Communication processes and problems in various contexts. Liberal Education social science credit will be effective fall 2015.
COMM 3220 - Communication in Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Relationship between communication and organization design. Emphasis on development and impact of organization culture. Communication issues, including power, networks, gender, race, and decision making. Explores qualitative and field research. prereq: Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication (LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This is a skills course in which students learn how to engage in effective intercultural communication and relationships. Students apply what they are learning by participating in intercultural communication with classmates from a wide variety of cultures. Students learn about variations in cultural practices and values and how social, political and economic forces have both been influenced by and influence those cultures. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for 2929
CRIM 1301 - Introduction to Criminology (LE CAT8, SOC SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of social justice with emphasis on criminal justice system in United States. Nature and extent of crime; social factors related to criminal behavior. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 1301
CRIM 3324 - Sociology of Criminal Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nature, goals, and problems in administration of the American criminal judicial process. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3324
WS 2001 - Introduction to Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Studies (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examines identity politics, LGBT popular media images and analysis, birth and history of LGBT social movement and intersections with other social movements, HIV/AIDS, policy/legislative issues especially immigration, marriage, adoption, and U.S. military policy; all with international comparative analysis. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for CST 2001
ECH 2010 - Foundational Issues in Early Childhood Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical and cultural perspectives of Early Childhood Studies. Theoretical models for the education of young children from birth through age eight will be addressed through professional exploration. Methods for facilitating child development as well as strategies for collaborating with families and communities will be discussed. Practicum experience with young children will provide a hands-on experience for the students.
EDUC 1100 - Human Diversity (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cultural, physical, socially constructed, and psychological differences in people. Social, political, and economic implications of human diversity in modern society. Practicum in community agency.
EDUC 3340 - Interacting with Diverse Families
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01705 - Educ 3340/5340
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Issues relating to working with and advocating for families from diverse backgrounds and/or with diverse needs. Emphasis on linguistically diverse families, immigrant families, families headed by single parents, members with a disability and families headed by lesbian/gay parents. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for EDUC 5340.
EDUC 5340 - Interacting With Diverse Families
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01705 - Educ 3340/5340
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Issues relating to working with and advocating for families from diverse backgrounds and/or with diverse needs. Emphasis on linguistically diverse families, immigrant families, families headed by single parents, families with members with a disability, families headed by lesbian/gay parents. prereq: 90 cr or instructor consent
EDUC 5381 - Teaching Indigenous Students
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Survey of contemporary Indian education; evaluation of one's attitudes toward Indian students; direct interaction with Indian parents and students; development of culturally sensitive teaching plans regarding Indians. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for EDUC 4381.
GEOG 1202 - World Regional Geography (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Geography of human groups in diverse settings. Emphasis on cultural diversity, regional development, and human and environmental forces shaping regional patterns and processes. Geographic analysis of selected regions and countries.
GEOG 1304 - Human Geography (LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Ecological basis of human existence. Human population patterns and cultural diffusion. Agricultural geography. Political geography. Geography of language, religion, and ethnic groups. Effects of urbanization; economic geography.
GEOG 2305 - Geography of Cultural Diversity (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Culture is ubiquitous as it is ambiguous in social science research. Cultural geography overlaps into all other sub disciplines, along with current approaches, issues and debates in contemporary research. It defies any clear, satisfying definition. Consequently, the numerous philosophical, theoretical, methodological and ethical issues pertaining to the investigation and representation of culture in academia will be the focus. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 2405
GEOG 2360 - Geography of Religion (LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course is an introduction to the geography of religion. Topics covered include the origins and distribution of sacred places in all major world religions, the geography of holy men and women, religious pilgrimages, and contested religious spaces.
PHIL 1007 - Philosophy and World Religions (LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comparative philosophical examination of teachings and practices of several major world religions selected from ancient polytheism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and various Native American and African religions.
PSY 2023 - Marriages and Families Worldwide (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Family functions and structures worldwide; impact of expectations, gender roles, race, culture, and values on partner and parenting; love, sex, communication, power, abuse, stress, and satisfaction; small group experiences with focus on strengthening families.
PSY 2223 - Gender in Society (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Sociocultural, historical, and developmental formations of men's and women's roles and experiences in society. Effects on personality, interpersonal relationships, and life choices.
PSY 3051 - Cross-cultural Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Role of culture on behavior. Universal versus culture-specific aspects of psychological principles. Definition of culture, methodology, development of self and others, cognition, attitudes, emotions, applications in organizations, therapy, well-being. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3201 - Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
How thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals are affected by others. Social influence and interaction. Attitude measurement and change, conformity, impression formation, attribution theory, aggression, and prosocial behavior. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3211 - Group Dynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles and processes of interaction in groups; structure and functioning of groups; leadership, communication, decision making, social influence; aspects of sensitivity training. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3215 - Topics in Human Sexuality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01438 - Psy 3215/3216
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Biological and psychosocial factors relating to human sexuality, sexual functioning, gender, and related issues. Group discussion of societal factors, values, and attitudes and their impact on behavior. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3231 - Psychology of Drug Use
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic understanding of drug effects: tolerance and withdrawal; commonality among drugs of abuse; how antischizophrenic, antimanic, antianxiety, and antidepressant drugs are thought to work; reward centers in brain. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3381 - Adult Development and Aging
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Change and continuity in physiological, psychological, and sociocultural development in early, middle, and late adulthood; theories and research on effects of demographics, cohort, race, ethnicity, gender, culture, family, friends, work, health, education, housing, public policies; dying, grief, bereavement. prereq: 1003
SOC 1201 - Sociology of the Family (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The family as a basic social institution: similarities and variations in family systems, their interrelationships with other institutions, and patterns of continuity and change.
SOC 3821 - Sociology of Community
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theoretical orientations and empirical investigations of community structure, processes, conflict, and change. Community components and types; community development strategies reviewed and applied. prereq: 1101, 30 cr
SOC 3901 - Social Change and Social Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Social change and maintenance forces as they affect social life. Emphasis on social theory and research along with formation and implementation of social policy leading to both change and maintenance. prereq: 30 cr or instructor consent
SOC 3945 - Social Stratification
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories and research about the effects of economic inequality in people's lives. Social class formation and the effects of institutionalized power structures. Intersection of social class, gender and race/ethnicity. Primary focus on the United States but with international comparisons. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, min 30 cr or instructor consent
SOC 4370 - Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines mental health and illness from multiple sociological perspectives; particular emphasis placed on contemporary United States. Topics include theories and alternative understandings, differences in cultural perspectives, social determinants, deterrents, response to and consequences of mental illness and institutional contexts of mental illness and criminal justice. prereq: 60 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit
SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, min 60 cr, or grad student or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Status and experiences in society through the exploration of gender identities, systems, and social structures. Topics include politics, discrimination, family, education, workplace, popular culture, and changing definitions of gender. Emphasis on the expectations and performance of masculinity/femininity and the intersection of gender, race, and class. Some consideration given to global explorations and international comparisons. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, min 60 cr, or grad student or instructor consent
SOC 4949 - Race and Ethnic Relations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of race and ethnic relations in America; conditions of major racial and ethnic minorities; formation of racial/ethnic identities, sources of prejudice, discrimination; intergroup conflict; assimilation, persistence of ethnicity; intergroup diversity; major racial and ethnic groups; the new immigrants. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, 60 cr, or instructor consent
SPED 1357 - Individuals with Disabilities in Society (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major types of disabilities and giftedness, including definitions, causes, characteristics, and educational implications. Disability perspectives. Social, legal, and educational considerations of disability issues.
SPED 4250 - Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01446 - SpEd 4250/5250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Includes history, definitions, assessment, characteristics, legal aspects, varying perspectives, and etiology of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. prereq: No Grad cr
SPED 4850 - Foundations of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Junior or senior or instructor consent; credit will not be given if already granted for 5850
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, including prevention development, range of severity, historical and current perspectives, legal issues, current research, diagnosis, primary and secondary disabilities, impact on development, and impact on family and community. prereq: Junior or senior or instructor consent; credit will not be given if already granted for 5850
WS 1000 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CULT DIV, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to discipline of Women's Studies - key concept, issues, and debates. Examination of the interaction of gender with class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, and geographic location; and the way each of these is socialized. Examination of historical and current national and transnational issues as they relate to women and gender, and of the institutions that shape and impact women and gender roles and relations, including academia. Critical analysis skills.
WS 2101 - Women, Race, and Class (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Racism, sexism, and classism are major factors which have influenced human relations from past to present. This course examines how the social-historical construction of race, class and gender continues to affect the experience of all people in particular people of color. This course seeks to enable students to understand the processes through which these social oppressions are created, normalized, internalized, maintained and perpetuated. A core element to this course is provoking students to recognize their own contribution in perpetuating oppressive systems, and their responsibility creatively to develop individual and collective acts of resistance to all of the "isms" and to societal transformation towards the just society.
WS 3350 - Women and the Law (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of how U.S. laws have and continue to affect women's and men's lives on the basis of gender, with particular attention to their impact on women. Examination of current legal issues, including gender equity in education and employment, marriage and family relationship's violence against women, and reproductive issues. Feminist jurisprudence, evaluation, and analysis of the laws from various feminist perspectives.
WS 3450 - Motherhood and Mothering: Institution and Experience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
An examination of the institution, experience, and practices of motherhood and mothering, including the social, legal, medical, cultural, and economic factors shaping motherhood in the U.S. and elsewhere, and feminist analyses of the experience and practice of mothering across cultures. prereq: 1000 or 2101 or instructor consent
WS 3800 - Feminist Activism and Community Organizing
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
In-depth exploration of feminist activism from practical, scholarly and historical perspectives. Integration of theory and practice on local, national and international levels. History of feminist movement, and skills, strategies, and resources for effective feminist community organizing. Understand and participate in coalition building, nonviolent communication, cross-cultural dialogue, public policy process, feminist leadership skills. Field work component. prereq: 1000 or 2101