The Social Work minor provides an interdisciplinary introduction to core knowledge and skills you will need to begin a professional career in social work, counseling or case management. It also prepares students to enter a graduate Master of Social Work program. The curriculum emphasizes entry-level practice skills, professional ethics and values, and human behavior and development.

Required Courses

Any introductory (lower-division) course in human behavior (e.g., sociology, cultural anthropology or psychology) will satisfy the prerequisite for the Social Work minor.

An example of such a course at CSUMB is PSY 100. You may want to confer with your advisor for additional options that satisfy this prerequisite.

Complete all of the following courses:

  • SW 310: Introduction to Social Work (4 units)
  • SW 405: Social Work Practice (4 units)

Complete one of the following courses:

  • PSY 110: Human Biology & Behavior (3 units)
  • PSY 310: Biological Psychology (3 units)

Complete one of the following courses:

  • SW 415: Social Work with Children, Youth and Families (4 units)
  • SW 425: Social Welfare Policy (4 units)
  • SW 455: Social Work with Older Adults (4 units)

Learning Outcomes

LO 1: Knowledge of Health and Human Services/Social Work

Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles and issues common to the field of social work.