The minor in social work requires 15 credits and provides students with conceptual, theoretical, and practical knowledge related to the field of social work at the individual, family, group, community, and societal levels.

Note: Social work practice courses and internship experiences are only open to social work majors.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Students should be familiar with university-wide requirements for minors described in AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: SOCW

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Courses

SOCW 200Introduction to Social Work (Mason Core)3
SOCW 375Human Behavior and the Family Life Course (Mason Core)3
SOCW 380Changing Social Policies and Systems3
Total Credits9


Select two from the following:6
Knowledge Building for Helping Professionals
Analytic Methods for Social Work Research
Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services
Substance Use, Misuse, and Disorder: Programs and Policies
Child and Family Welfare
Introduction to Gerontology
Social Determinants of Health
Selected Topics in Social Work Policy
Selected Topics in Social Work Intervention
Total Credits6


The following courses are not open to students enrolled in this minor. See an advisor in the social work program for more information.

SOCW 311Building Professional Social Work Skills3
SOCW 357Methods of Social Work Intervention I3
SOCW 358Methods of Social Work Intervention II3
SOCW 361Methods of Social Work Intervention I: Laboratory3
SOCW 362Methods of Social Work Intervention II: Laboratory3
SOCW 471Research in Social Work3
SOCW 472RS: Integrative Methods in Social Action and Social Change (Mason Core)3
SOCW 495Field Practicum and Seminar I5
SOCW 496Field Practicum and Seminar II5