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Diversity and Social Welfare

The Social Work Department offers a minor in Diversity and Social Welfare to undergraduates throughout the college who are interested in understanding or possibly working in the field of social welfare. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of policies, programs, and services designed to improve quality of life for the underserved, people in need of health and human services, and / or communities at large.  The minor will provide in-depth understanding of diversity factors such as age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. Emphasis will be placed on the unique contribution of the social work profession as one among many professions working in a variety of ways and capacities to alleviate complex social problems.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
SOW 2210 Introduction to Social Work 4
SOW 2220 Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Human Diversity 4

Electives (Choose three courses)

Course Number Course Name Credits
SOW 204 Camp Viva Service Experience 3
SOW 2230 Social Welfare & Society 4
SOW 3120 Human Behavior & the Social Environment: Life Course 4
SOW 3130 Social Welfare Policy 4
SOW 3330 Violence, Trauma & Resilience 4
SOW 4950 Special Topics, as offered and advised 4
POL 316 Inequality & American Democracy 3
POL 337 Gender & Politics 3
POL 370 Human Rights 3
RST 326 Theology of Christian Service 3
SCS 346 Intercultural Communication 3
SOC 314 Cultural Anthropology 3
SOC 322 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
SOC 323 Social Class in America 3
SOC 324 Sex & Gender Roles in Modern Society 3