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Social Work Minor

Social Work
College of Education and Human Service Professions
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Contact Information
Department of Social Work, 220 Bohannon Hall, 1207 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-7245)
Email: sw@d.umn.edu
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program offers a concentration in advanced generalist practice that prepares students to 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 administrator. The curriculum has a special focus on services to American Indians and their communities. Coursework is also available in the area of child welfare, mental health/clinical, and community practice.
Program Delivery
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Social Work director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
The minimum cumulative GPA for coursework applied to the minor is 3.00.
Minor Coursework (6 to 12 credits)
Master's students select 6 credits and doctoral students select 12 credits from the following in consultation with the advisor and Social Work director of graduate studies. Other courses can be chosen with approval by the Social Work director of graduate studies.
SW 5032 - Child Welfare and the Law (2.0 cr)
SW 5095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (3.0 cr)
SW 5051 - School Social Work (3.0 cr)
SW 5101 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3.0 cr)
SW 5111 - Grant Writing in the Human Services (3.0 cr)
SW 5120 - Cross-Cultural Exploration Through Learning Circles (1.0 cr)
SW 5144 - Grief, Loss and Coping in Social Work Practice (3.0 cr)
SW 5201 - Social Welfare Policy (3.0 cr)
SW 5215 - Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents (3.0 cr)
SW 5222 - Intervention in Family Violence (3.0 cr)
SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy (3.0 cr)
SW 5280 - Substance Use Trends and Interventions in Social Work (3.0 cr)
SW 5500 - Healthcare, Social Work, and Interdisciplinary Care (3.0 cr)
SW 8991 - Practice in the American Indian Community (2.0-4.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
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SW 5032 - Child Welfare and the Law
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Intensive advanced course in the federal, state, and tribal laws and court processes regulating child welfare practice. Includes laws and procedures and the role of the social worker in legal proceedings. prereq: master of social work student or instructor consent
SW 5095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 3.0 [max 36.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Proseminar on contemporary topics of concern to students and faculty. Topics announced in Class Schedule.
SW 5051 - School Social Work
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
The course provides an overview of social work practice in school settings. Course topics include theoretical models; local, state, and federal policies impacting schools and school funding; culturally responsive practice with students, families, and staff; the role of a school social worker in an interdisciplinary setting; and the ethical and professional practice considerations of a school social worker. pre-req: grad student or department consent
SW 5101 - Human Behavior in the 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, organizations, communities, and society/culture. prereq: MSW student or instructor consent
SW 5111 - Grant Writing in the Human Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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 5120 - Cross-Cultural Exploration Through Learning Circles
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
In a small group (learning circle) students will learn about diverse groups, cross-cultural interactions and explore the concepts of individual and organizational cultural competence through the use of interactive and experimental methods, and applying new knowledge to practice in social work prereq: Admission into MSW, 8100 or instructor consent
SW 5144 - Grief, Loss and Coping in Social Work Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Students will gain conceptual understanding, advanced assessment and intervention skills, and competencies relative to grief, loss and coping and the clinical impact on client systems. Theory and perspectives are provided from various disciplines, and a spectrum of multicultural influences, with an emphasis on person-in-environment. Materials from lay people, social work and other professional disciplines are presented and critical reviewed to guide application of best social work practices and/or evidence-based assessment, interventions and evaluation. Interdisciplinary collaboration and application skills is emphasized. Self-reflection on personal experiences is part of this course to reinforce professional skills, boundaries and ethical conduct. prereq: Social Work graduate student or instructor consent
SW 5201 - Social Welfare Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical development of field of social welfare in the United States and emergence of social work profession. Social policy analysis techniques and ways to influence social policy and vulnerable/minority issues. prereq: MSW student or instructor consent
SW 5215 - Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Course addresses the impact of psychological trauma on children and adolescents, particularly those in the child welfare system. An overview of screening, assessment and intervention strategies to address the mental health needs of children affected by trauma is provided, as well as guidelines of informed practice. prereq: Social Work graduate student or instructor consent
SW 5222 - Intervention in Family Violence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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: Social Work grad student or instructor consent
SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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 - Substance Use Trends and Interventions in Social Work
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & 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. Credit will not be granted if already received for SW 4280
SW 5500 - Healthcare, Social Work, and Interdisciplinary Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
This course focuses on skill building and knowledge of social work roles in assessment, interventions, values, skills and competencies relative to interdisciplinary social work in healthcare settings. Student learning outcomes include the comprehension of professional collaboration and competencies as well as theoretical foundations, research, policies, and ethics. The course emphasizes providing interdisciplinary collaboration in various settings such as chronic illness; oncology/palliative care; community and public health; gerontology; pediatrics; emergency services; grief and loss; and, the importance of responding to cultural context. Additional content includes navigating medical infrastructures, such as HIPAA, health insurance, disability resources, Medicare/Medicaid, family support, mental health needs, advocacy, and information/referral. pre-req: MSW student or instructor consent
SW 8991 - Practice in the American Indian Community
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Gives MSW students supervised direct practice experience in the American Indian community. Application of cultural knowledge and culturally competent practice skills. prereq: Soc work grad student, 8771 or 8881, instructor consent