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Social Justice and Social Welfare Minor

What: The social justice and social welfare minor provides students with a broad overview of social justice perspectives on issues relevant to the social welfare system, its relationship to the market economy, and the historical, political, and cultural factors that shape it1. Through coursework, students learn the analytic and practical skills needed to develop, evaluate, and transform social welfare and justice policies. Students gain competency in the core issues of human needs and social development, relevant to many careers.

The minor also enhances students’ preparation for graduate study in social work1, law, education, health care, public policy analysis, nonprofit management, social service administration, student affairs, conflict resolution, and others.

Why: Students often want to pursue careers toward improving the quality of life of others. Understanding of the social welfare system and social justice issues is essential as a foundation for such careers.

Who: Students in a variety of majors are learning skills toward such a successful career (e.g, business, education, healthcare) but are in need of knowledge of the systems that impact their careers as well as the well-being of those they are training to serve.

Course Plan for the 18-hour Minor:

Required Introductory course:
SOCW 3303 Social Welfare Policy and Services

Required Core courses:
SOCW 3301 Theories of Human Behavior
SOCW 3307 Diverse Populations 

3 courses from the following list:
SOCW 3312 Disability & Social Work
SOCW 3314 The Latina Experience
SOCW 3320 U.S. Immigration and the American Dream
SOCW 4314 Intimate Partner Violence
SOCW 4335 Aging in American Society
SOCW 4366 Seminar in Gender Issues
SOCW 4371 Forensic Social Work 

Additionally, students will have a final assessment at the end of their coursework to assess their learning outcomes (this allows for data gathering for Unit Effectiveness Process [UEP] requirements).

1 The Social Justice and Social Welfare (SJSW) Minor does not provide the specific skills needed for actual social work practice or for social work licensing. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) are not eligible for SJSW. Additionally, students who complete the minor and decide to pursue a Master’s degree in social work at UTA will not be allowed to count courses taken in the minor toward the Master’s.

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Arrione Clarke

Arrione Clarke, LMSW
Undergraduate Program Advisor III
BSW Students - Last Names A-K

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Keiana Green

Keiana Green, LMSW
Undergraduate Program Advisor III
BSW Students - Last Names L-Z

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Trinka Christensen

Trinka Christensen
Undergraduate Programs Assistant


Regina T. Praetorius

Regina T. Praetorius, Ph.D., LMSW-AP
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Programs