Social Work, Minor

Minor in Social Work

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 24
    Credits
  • $259.00
    In-State
  • $396.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Social Work, Minor prepares students with an introduction to the social work profession and social welfare. 

Students choose this Social Work, Minor because they:

  • Have a desire to become equipped with evidence-based generalist social work knowledge.
  • Have a passion to advocate for the dignity and well-being of all people in a diverse society.
  • Gain critical thinking skills to guide professional decision-making.

The Social Work Department is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. 

The online Social Work, Minor is designed to complement many different majors but is of special benefit to students pursuing majors in sociology, psychology, family studies, criminal justice, political science and public administration.

Career Outlook: As one of the fastest-growing professions of the twenty-first century, social work is projected to continue its employment needs over the next few decades, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The knowledge, skills and values from a social work minor equip students with an understanding of human behavior, the advancement of interpersonal skills, enhanced professional preparation and expanded job opportunities.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  3. Graduated high school or received a GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SOWK 172Human Service Ethics and Experience3
This course introduces students to the values and ethics that underlie the social work profession and human services. Students are required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours at a social service agency where they will observe and participate in agency and community activities. Students should have completed or be enrolled in SOWK 170GS.
SOWK 410Social Policy & Programs 3
The course examines the historical evolution of Social policy, value assumptions, as well as the social, political, and economic contexts and processes tat impact it. Students learn the skills required for analysis of policies and advocacy for social and economic justice. Prerequisite: SOWK 170
SOWK 400Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
This course analyzes human behavior in the social environment from a life-span developmental approach from conception through adulthood. The theories, which emphasize biological, psychological, sociological, spiritual and cultural aspects of the individual are examined. A systems approach is combined with an ecological perspective to analyze social conditions and to identify problem areas in society. Prereq: SOWK 170GS
SOWK 170GSIntroduction to Social Welfare3
The course explores the foundation and principles of social welfare in American society. The spectrum of social welfare programs and issues are examined with emphasis on the contexts that shape them and the impact they have on vulnerable and underrepresented groups.
SOWK 420Diversity and Social Justice3
The course examines cultural, social, and economic diversity; the role of social institutions and social, political, and cultural processes as they relate to discrimination and oppression based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class and disability status.
SOWK 170Introduction to Social Welfare3
The course explores the foundation and principles of social welfare in American society. The spectrum of social welfare programs and issues are examined with emphasis on the contexts that shape them and the impact they have on vulnerable and underrepresented groups.
SOWK 410Social Policy & Programs3
The course examines the historical evolution of Social policy, value assumptions, as well as the social, political, and economic contexts and processes that impact it. Students learn the skills required for analysis of policies and advocacy for social and economic justice. Prereq: SOWK 170GS

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SOWK 440Fundamentals of Research in Social Welfare3
This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of social work research methodology, educate them about the ethics and politics involved, and promote their understanding of research issues relevant to diversity, multiculturalism, as well as social and economic injustices
SOWK 478Medical Social Work3
An overview of social work services provided in medical and other health care settings. The relationships to other professionals are explored in all health care settings. Students are introduced to the specific recommendations for practice in medical and other health care social services. Prerequisite: SOWK 400 and SOWK 410
SOWK 471Aging Services3
The common problems of the aged and their families are studied, knowledge of existing services is provided, and students are exposed to the initial theory and practice of delivering services to the aged in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.
SOWK 473 Child Welfare Service 3
The common problems of children and families needing services are studied. Knowledge of existing services is imparted, and students are exposed to the initial how of doing child welfare work. Prerequisite: SOWK 172 and SOWK 400 and SOWK 410
SOWK 470International Social Work Experience1
This summer experience takes students to foreign countries and immerses them into the social, cultural, political, and economic environment that impact citizens there. Policy issues and human rights are emphasized, compared to the American system, and assessed for support or hindrance of general wellbeing especially related to at-risk and underrepresented groups. 1-6 Credit hours
SOWK 476Social Work in Legal Settings3
An overview of social work practice, theory, and skills for working within and with legal host agencies, and a brief examination of legal consequences of social work practice
SOWK 469Introduction to Mental Health Issues3
This course enables students to develop a broader understanding of the occurrence and impact of mental illness in society and from a social work perspective. Mental health issues across race, class, gender, and culture will be examined with the goal of promoting practice skills and sensitivity to future clients.
SOWK 471Aging Services 3
The common problems of the aged and their families are studied, knowledge of existing services is provided, and students are exposed to the initial theory and practice of delivering services to the aged in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.
SOWK 479Violence Across the Lifespan3
The course focuses on the causes, prevalence, treatment and prevention of violence that individuals may encounter throughout the lifespan. It maintains a dual focus on victims and perpetrators of violence, the impact of violence on vulnerable groups, and prevention and intervention strategies that may be used in practice, programming, policy, and research.
SOWK 478Medical Social Work 3
An overview of social work services provided in medical and other health care settings. The relationships to other professionals are explored in all health care settings. Students are introduced to the specific recommendations for practice in medical and other health care social services.
SOWK 468Introduction to Disabilities3
SOWK 475Child Abuse and Neglect3
The course prepares students for child welfare practice and provides an overview of child maltreatment. A historical perspective of child abuse is used to examine issues related to reporting, legal response, treatment, and prevention, and intervention.
SOWK 477School Social Work3
An overview of services provided by school social workers and the interrelationships with other student services.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$259.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$311.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$777.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$933.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$396.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$448.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1188.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1344.75
Benjamin Malczyk, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Benjamin Malczyk's research interests revolve around familial influences on adolescent behavior and wellbeing, poverty and online education as a means of achieving social justice. Malczyk's dissertation focused on the influence of the parent-child relationship and student academic engagement.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)