College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2016-2017

Department of Sociology and Social Work

Social Work, Minor

The social work profession is dedicated to enhancing human well-being and to help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. The minor in social work introduces students to practice with diverse populations and multi-level social systems.
The program is focused on practice with rural and Indigenous populations of the Southwest; addressing poverty, structural racism, and oppression; providing leadership in promoting human rights and social and economic justice; and service with vulnerable and underserved populations.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Social Work?

Are you passionate about social justice and want to be an agent for change? If so, a Social Work minor could be an excellent addition to your major. Social workers help people experiencing some of life's most difficult challenges-poverty and discrimination, unemployment, mental and physical illness, disability, abuse, and addiction.
You will have the knowledge, values, and skills to effect change in a variety of settings with diverse populations. This program focuses on promoting social and economic justice.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18


Minor Requirements
    • SW 418 may be taken as a substitution for one SW 450 topics course
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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