Social Work, Minor

The undergraduate minor in social work requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in social work courses, including 12 s.h. in courses numbered 3000 or above taken at the University of Iowa. Students complete one required course and 12 s.h. of elective coursework. They must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework for the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Social work courses required for the major are not available to students who are not admitted to the social work program.

The minor in social work requires the following coursework.

Required Course

Course # Title Hours
One of these:
SSW:1022Social Justice and Social Welfare in the United States3
Equivalent course from another institution (must be approved by the School of Social Work)3


Students select 12 s.h. from the following; many courses have an online section.

Course # Title Hours
SSW:3135Global Aging3
SSW:3500Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
SSW:3600Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3
SSW:3700Introduction to Understanding Trauma and Resilience3
SSW:3712Human Sexuality, Diversity, and Society1-3
SSW:3729Substance Use and Abuse2-3
SSW:3786Death/Dying: Issues Across the Life Span3-4
SSW:3796Family Violence2-3
SSW:3797Child Welfare Policy and Practice3
SSW:3799Selected Aspects of Social Work and Social Welfarearr.
SSW:3900Campus Sexual Assault: Policy, Prevention, and Intervention3
SSW:3904Human Services Administration2
SSW:4100Social Work in the Criminal Justice System3
SSW:4155Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders3
SSW:4700Motivational Interviewing in Diverse Application3