Social Welfare Minor

Social Welfare minors must have approval of the Social Work Department Chair or Field Education Director before selecting the minor.

Non-social work majors must follow social work ethical standards, program policy and professional practices while participating in social work courses.

Required Courses for the Social Welfare Minor

A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.

In addition to the courses listed, a student must complete three additional social work courses (9 credit hours total):

  • One at 250 level or above
  • Two at 300 level or above
  • Excluding SWK 250, SWK 400, SWK 450, SWK 451, SWK 455

The state of Missouri prohibits the use of the title “social work” by any person other than an individual who has been professionally educated in an accredited social work program (HB332, 2003). Further state legislation in 2004 allowed the licensing of bachelor-level-social workers. Enrollment in social work courses by non-social work majors or social work minors does not grant the use of the title social worker or professional privilege to practice social work. Please feel free to contact the Department Chair or Administrative Assistant if you have any questions.

  • SWK 100

    Introduction to Social Work


    This course introduces students to the profession of social work and its fields of practice. It provides an introduction to social work theories, values, and skills and defines how generalist social workers use their professional expertise to help people solve a variety of problems and improve their lives. The history of social work and its linkage to social justice issues and social welfare policy will be explored.

  • SWK 110

    Human Behavior and the Social Environment

    3 credits

    This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of human behavior and development across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on investigation and application of bio-psychosocial and systems theories, strengths perspectives, empowerment, and resiliency on human development and behavior within the scope of generalist social work practice. Attention to dimensions of diversity related to culture, race/ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status on human development and behavior are stressed.

  • SWK 200

    Social and Economic Justice


    This course provides an introduction to central debates in the sociological literature on diverse groups. Topics include power and inequality, prejudice and discrimination, social justice, and social policy.

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