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Minor in Social Work

Add a helping hand.

Become an advocate for domestic violence, a guiding voice of hope for a child in a desperate situation, and a listening ear for all those who need one. No matter your degree or the career path you’re pursuing, a minor in Social Work provides you with essential skills to help in any area of work or life.

With a strong liberal arts-based foundation, the Social Work minor at William Woods University integrates the knowledge, values and skills needed to work with diverse and vulnerable populations. You will be prepared to represent individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, fighting for a greater good and winning justice for all.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the minor includes coursework in social welfare, interaction skills, human behavior in the environment, intervention strategies in individuals and families, and so much more.

In addition to these courses, you will gain experience through service learning activities on campus and in the Fulton area. Learn to develop action plans and create a professional portfolio demonstrating your expertise in the field of social work.  Grow alongside like-minded individuals through student organizations like Students for Social Work. The opportunities are endless.


The minor in social work at William Woods University includes 15 required course credits and 3 required elective credits.

Courses you may take:

SWK 215 - Social Welfare -S - 3.00

This introductory course examines historical and contemporary efforts to address human needs, in American society. Students will participate in open discussions to explore the conservative, liberal and radical political ideologies that underpin social policies today. Discussion topics will include human diversity, religion, poverty, child welfare, criminal justice, health care, mental health, developmental disabilities, housing, homelessness, community development and aging. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and interact with professional social workers, through class activities, guest speakers and job shadowing experiences. Guest speakers will also include multidisciplinary professionals, such as attorneys, educators, law enforcement officers and medical personnel, who partner with social workers in meeting human needs.

SWK 230 - Interaction Skills - 3.00

This course serves as a foundation course for our social work program and is the first in our practice series (practice I). The course focuses on the core communication skills essential to beginning Social Work practice and the problem-solving process. Students are introduced to the generalist practice model and gain experience to basic listening and assessment skills within the context of social work values and knowledge and ethics. The generalist perspective along with exposure to cultural diversity and populations at risk are emphasized throughout the course as well. Students videotape various role play scenarios to gain practice skills engagement, assessment, goal planning, intervention, evaluation and termination.

SWK 312 - Intervention Strategies Indiv/Famil - 3.00

This course provides a framework for the Generalist Model for social work practice with individuals and families. Emphasis is on learning to develop professional relationships that are characterized by mutuality, collaboration, and respect for the client. Content focuses on examination of client strengths and problems in the interactions among individuals and between people and their environments as well as social work knowledge, values, and skills that are employed to enhance the well-being of people and to help ameliorate the environmental conditions that affect people adversely. The problem solving methods is also a major component of the course as well as learning the skills for practice with clients from differing social, cultural, racial, religious, spiritual, and class backgrounds. Prerequisite: SWK316

SWK 316 - Human Behavior in the Environment I - 3.00

Birth-Adolescence. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II are taught in a two part course format and serves as foundation sequence in the Social Work Program. SWK316, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I is a review of the biopsychosocial theories of development from birth to adolescence, while SKW317, Human Behavior in the Social Environment II covers theories of biopsychosocial development of adolescence through end of life. This course sequence is based upon the philosophy that human behavior is shaped by many interacting factors and specific theories from the biological, psychological, social and cultural theory base are presented in order to address the complexity of human functioning. At the same time, human behavior is conceptualized as following a developmental sequence with age-specific characteristics and needs. In order to present this knowledge base, selected theories are applied to each life cycle stage. In each state, special attention is given to the impact of oppression, discrimination, privilege, and the consequences of gender, socioeconomic status and minority group membership. These dimensions are viewed as interactional influences on individual behavior and the person as a member of a small group, community and of the large society and culture. This course uses general systems theory with an ecological focus to provide the organizing base to explore lifespan development.

SWK 317 - Human Behavior in Environment II - 3.00

This course continues the study of human behavior with an emphasis on psychosocial development and ethnic sensitive social work perspectives. Attention is given to the interaction and influences of the psychological and sociocultural dimensions of human behavior. These dimensions are viewed as interactional influences on individual behavior and the person as a member of a small group, community and of the large society and culture. Part II also emphasizes the multicultural component that is significant in social work practice.


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