Minors & Initiatives

*Please note, these minors and initiatives are not accepted by the Council on Social Work Education as preparation for beginning-level generalist social work practice and completing one of these minors will not allow you to be "advanced standing" for MSW programs or sit for the social work licensing exam.


The ability to administer programs, raise funds, and write grants is increasingly important in social service and nonprofit work. The purpose of this minor is to prepare students for administrative, management, or fundraising roles with nonprofits and social service agencies. Students will be introduced to social work and social services, gain an understanding of the impact of social policies on the provision and scope of social services in the United States as well as gain tangible skills, such as fundraising, grant writing, management, program evaluation, and accounting or marketing, for work in social services management.  Students will learn critical leadership skills necessary for effective management. Upon completion of the minor, students will have enhanced skills that will help to position them to be successful advocates, administrators, and managers within social service and nonprofit agencies.

Go to the Social Services Management Minor webpage




This minor provides students preparing for work in a variety of settings (social work, health care, criminal justice, etc.) with a foundational understanding of addiction and recovery and their impact on multiple areas of life, how to identify abuse and addiction, beginning steps in assisting, advocating for, and referring people who have chemical health concerns. It will provide the academic foundation for those interested in pursuing the LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors) license.  

Go to the Chemical Dependency Counseling: Addiction & Recovery webpage

A minor in social welfare is available through the joint School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas. A minor in social welfare is not accepted by the Council on Social Work Education as preparation for beginning-level generalist social work practice. A minor is offered for your own learning in the area of social welfare.

  • SOWK 281/SOWK 2810: Introduction to Social Work (4 cr)
  • SOWK 340/SOWK 3400: Human Behavior and the Social Environment (4 cr)
  • SOWK 391/SOWK 3910: Social Policy for Social Change (4 cr)

Plus eight credits from the following:

St. Thomas courses:

  • PSYC 202: Lifespan Development (4 cr)
  • PSYC 207: Alcohol, Other Drugs and Behavior (4 cr)
  • SOCI 251: Race and Ethnicity (4 cr)
  • SOWK 380: Social Research: Designs and Statistical Application (4 cr)

 St. Kate's courses:

  • PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4 cr)
  • PSYC 3150: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (4 cr)
  • SOCI 3450: Women in a Transnational World (4 cr)
  • SOCI 3510: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (4 cr)
  • SOWK 3800: Social Work Research (4 cr)


The Area of Emphasis in Gero-Social Work will guide Senior students through linking coursework, field practice, and leadership to gerontological social work. Approximately 4-6 BSW seniors will be selected for the program each year. The program will combine an aging specific course, course assignments, field practice, and leadership opportunities for the students. The School of Social Work Aging Services Coordinator selects students in consultation with BSW faculty. The Aging Services Coordinator will serve as the program advisor to selected students.

Go to the Area of Emphasis in Gero-Social Work page


Social work is a perfect pairing for many complementary disciplines.  We have established (and are in the process of finalizing*) specific co-major paths with the following majors at St. Thomas. See links to view the co-major planning guide or the online guide to the interdisciplinary major (in the case of Family Studies and Women's Studies). Work with your adviser to explore options to pair social work with any number of other degrees! Popular dual majors include:

Public Health Women's Studies
Sociology Family Studies
Criminal Justice • Justice and Peace Studies*

Earn credit towards graduate study

Students interested in mental health professions and considering graduate school in the future should be aware of the benefits of completing a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Social Work majors (or co-majors) who decide to puruse a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree can enter many MSW programs as "advanced standing" students, receiving credit for the social work foundation coursework completed in their BSW program.

Get your MSW in one year instead of two

Know you want to practice clinical social work? BSW students enter the St. Thomas MSW program having met 18 credits towards their graduate degree. The School of Social Work offers an Accelerated MSW Admissions Process for current Junior BSW majors, providing a seamless transition to graduate school. Graduates should also explore our MSW Alumni Grants that represent a tuition discount of 10%.