Social Work Minor

Social Work Minor

Simpson's social work minor is designed to augment a related major such as criminal justice, Spanish, religion, sociology, psychology, or others. Students who plan on either a career in human services or graduate study in social work are urged to consider the sociology major with a minor and focused coursework in social work.

Does this sound like you? Click on the Success Story above, to see how social work minor Sydni Loney feels about her Simpson experience, as she majored in psychology and minored in social work.

Students who minor in Social Work will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of major elements of the human service systems in the United States;
  • Demonstrate beginning level counseling skills and strategies for problem-solving; and
  • Know and use a multi-layered understanding of human behavior in the social environment.

All students with a social work minor also complete experiential coursework, that is, the Field Experience and Seminar Course.  Recent opportunities include Blank Children's Hospital's Regional Child Protection Center, Youth Homes of Mid America, the Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Division, Wesley Life, Warren County Attorney's Office, Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Division, Children and Families of Iowa, Lutheran Services of Iowa, and the Iowa Departhment of Human Services.  New connections and placements are created every semester - your imagination is truly the limit in this career field.

Click here for requirements in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice: Major and Minor Requirements 2016, or:

Social Work Minor

20 credits (typically five courses)


SW 342: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SW 348: Field Experience and Seminar (Writcom)
SCJ 352: Capstone - Standards of Professional Behavior (Ethics,Writcom)

Electives (choose two)

SW 301: Counseling Strategies
SW 341: Crisis Intervention (OralCom)
SW 343: Social Welfare Policy (Civic)