Psychology and Social Work Co-Majors

The fields of psychology and social work  share common commitments to understanding individual’s physical, mental, and social well being.  Many students of psychology and social work are particularly interested in developing a deeper understanding of mental health, healthy brain development, and interventions that positively impact people’s lives.  The psychology/social work co-major crosses disciplinary boundaries, allowing students to address some of the world’s most pressing  problems, combining excellence in social work education with in-depth perspectives in psychology. A co-major in psychology and social work allows students to integrate psychology’s emphasis on scientific analysis of human behavior and thought with social work’s emphasis on application of strengths-based interventions to build individual and structural well-being. Psychology/social work graduates will be well prepared for careers in a variety of settings clinical healthcare settings,  nonprofit organizations, schools, social service agencies, and educational/research institutions.  

Courses in the social work major will prepare students for generalist social work practice and for entry into graduate social work programs (MSW) with advanced standing. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education at the baccalaureate level and qualifies graduates to take the examination for licensure at the licensed social worker (LSW) level. 

Requirements:

Psychology (36 credits)

  • PSYC 111 General Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 202 Lifespan Development (4 credits)
  • PSYC 207 Drugs and Behavior (4 credits)
  • PSYC 212 Research Meth in Psych (4 credits)
  • PSYC 301 Psychopathology (4 credits)
  • PSYC Lab I choose from:
    • PSYC 313 Psychological Testing (4 credits)
    • PSYC 321 Res Issues: Social Psych (4 credits)
    • PSYC 322 Sensation & Perception (4 credits)
    • PSYC 323 Learning and Memory (4 credits)
    • PSYC 401 Physiological Psychology (4 credits)
    • PSYC 402 Developmental Psych Research (4 credits)
    • PSYC 415 Research Issues in Cognition (4 credits)
  • PSYC Lab II choose from:
    • PSYC 313 Psychological Testing (4 credits)
    • PSYC 321 Res Issues: Social Psych (4 credits)
    • PSYC 322 Sensation & Perception (4 credits)
    • PSYC 323 Learning and Memory (4 credits)
    • PSYC 401 Physiological Psychology (4 credits)
    • PSYC 402 Developmental Psych Research (4 credits)
    • PSYC 415 Research Issues in Cognition (4 credits)
  • PSYC 422 History of Psych in Context (4 credits)

Plus:

  • one additional upper level (300/400) elective

Note: the 2 labs and 1 elective listed must include at least one Cognitive area course and one Social Area course.

Social Work (40 credits)

  • SOWK 240 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (4 credits)
  • SOWK 281 Introduction to Social Work (4 credits)
  • SOWK 355 Communication and Interviewing Skills (4 credits)
  • SOWK 375 Junior Fieldwork (2 credits)
  • SOWK 376 Junior Fieldwork (2 credits)
  • SOWK 385 Group Work Skills (4 credits)
  • SOWK 391 Social Policy for Change (4 credits)
  • SOWK 401 Generalist Practice I: Small Client Systems (4 credits)
  • SOWK 402 Generalist Practice II: Large Client Systems (4 credits)
  • SOWK 405 Senior Fieldwork (4 credits)
  • SOWK 406 Senior Fieldwork (4 credits)

Allied Requirements (16 credits)

  • BIOL 105 Human Biology (4 credits)
    or BIOL 106 Women, Medicine and Biology (4 credits)
  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits)
    or MATH 111 Calculus/Business & Soc Sci (4 credits)
    or MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • SOCI 100 Intro to Sociology (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics (4 credits)