The Social Work Program is accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education. The Program does not give academic credit for life experience or work experience, or allow such experience to be substituted for the field practicum or the required core courses.
Students must receive a “C” or better in all social work courses and maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all required social work foundation courses.
The Program is organized and implemented without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, ethnic or national origin, handicap, or political or sexual orientation.
Social Work Program Mission
The Minot State University Social Work Program through teaching, scholarship, and service prepares students with the knowledge, professional values, and skills for competent generalist social work practice in the Northern Great Plains. Students learn to reflect critically, advocate for social and economic justice and human rights, and work with diverse populations.
Social Work Program Goals and Outcomes
|Student Learning Goals||Student Learning Outcomes|
|Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior||Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context.|
|Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations.|
|Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and oral, written, and electronic communication.|
|Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes|
|Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior|
|Engage diversity and difference in practice.||Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro and macro levels.|
|Present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences|
|Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.|
|Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice||Apply understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels|
|Engage in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice.|
|Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.||Use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research|
|Apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research findings|
|Use and translate research findings to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery.|
|Engage in policy practice||Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services.|
|Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services.|
|Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice|
|Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities||Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in environment, & other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies.|
|Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies|
|Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies||Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies|
|Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies|
|Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies|
|Select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research, knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies|
|Intervene with individuals, families, groups, orgs and communities||Critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies|
|Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies|
|Use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes|
|Negotiate, mediate and advocate with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies|
|Facilitate effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals|
|Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities||Select and use appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes|
|Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes|
|Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention and program processes and outcomes|
|Apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro and macro levels|
(Council on Social Work Education, 2015 EPAS)
Students are required to make application for admission to the social work program. Criteria for admission are as follows:
- Successful completion of two social work courses, SWK 256 Development of Social Welfare, and SWK 250 Interpersonal Skills—or their equivalent (as approved by the social work faculty) with a grade of “C” or better. The combined GPA for these two courses must be at least 2.50.
- Attainment of Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.
- Completion of ENGL 110 College Composition I, ENGL 120 College Composition II, BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology, SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology, PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology, ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics, or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics, and POLS 115 American Government.
- Evidence of at least 25 hours volunteer or paid work experience in a community service agency concurrent with SWK 250 Interpersonal Skills.
- Social Work students must agree to read and abide by the NASW Code of Ethics and MSU Student Code of Conduct.
- Personal statement and essay.
Admission to the Social Work Program occurs twice each academic year. Acceptance into the program is currently based upon the applicant’s GPA, written application, human service experience, and other personal qualifications. Students may not take SWK 335: Social Work Methods I, or any other advanced social work courses (with the exception of SWK 401/402) until they have been formally accepted into the Social Work Program and have successfully completed courses including SWK 250, 256, 330, and 331.
Once a student has been accepted into the program, the acceptance will expire if the student is not enrolled in any social work courses within five consecutive semesters or at the discretion of the program. This is not including the field practicum. Evaluating whether the student can continue with his/her social work courses will be the responsibility of the Social Work Program and/or Academic Affairs Committee.
Social Work majors must achieve an overall GPA of 2.00 and a grade of “C” or better in all required social work courses, in which they are enrolled prior to enrolling in SWK 490 Field Education.
The undergraduate social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of this program are eligible for regular membership in the National Association of Social Workers and may also be eligible for advanced standings in many graduate social work programs. The program leads to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.
Bachelor of Social Work
|General Education courses||38-40|
|Social Work majors are required to take the following specific courses as general education requirements:|
|Introduction to Philosophy|
or PHIL 102
|Philosophy of Human Nature|
or PHIL 210
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Concepts of Biology|
or BIOL 150
|Introduction To Cellular Biology|
or BIOL 220
|Anatomy And Physiology I|
|SWK 250||Interpersonal Skills||3|
|SWK 256||Development of Social Welfare||3|
|SWK 330||Human Behavior and the Social Environment||3|
|SWK 331||Family Dynamics||3|
|SWK 335||Social Work Methods I||3|
|SWK 340||Social Welfare Policy||3|
|SWK 401||Contemporary Issues with Native American Families||3|
|or SWK 402||N.A. Children & Adolescents|
|or SWK 430||Diversity, Oppression, and Social Change|
|SWK 426||Social Work Methods II||3|
|SWK 427||Social Work Methods III 20 Hours||3|
|SWK 490||Field Education||12|
|SWK 491||Senior Seminar||3|
|Required Support Courses|
|HMS 203||Health Care Through the Life Span||3|
|or PSY 252||Child Psychology|
|or PSY 255||Child & Adolescent Psychology|
|or PSY 352||Adolescent Psychology|
|or PSY 379||Psychology of Adult & Aging|
|ECON 201||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|or ECON 202||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|POLS 115||American Government||3|
|PSY 241||Introduction to Statistics||4|
|or MATH 210||Elementary Statistics|
|PSY 270||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|MHA 344||Dynamics of Addiction||3|
|Social Work or Other Approved Electives||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Research Methods in Psychology|
|Social Research Methods|
|Research Methods in Social Work|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Intro to Gender/Women's Studies|
|World Regional Geography|
|Countries and Cultures|
|Perception of the Environment|
|American Indian History|
|Diversity in Families|
|Culture and Sexuality|
|Contemporary Community Issues|
|Social Movement & Human Right|
|Comparative Ethnic Studies|
|Sociology of Gender|
|Social Change and Development|
|Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America|
|Introduction to Intellectual & Developmental Disability Services|
|Introduction to Exceptional Children|