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HDFS & Social Work (MiSU)

Human Development and Family Science & Social Work Dual Degree Program

The dual-degree program in Social Work and Human Development/Family Science is a collaborative effort between NDSU and Minot State University (MiSU). Under a cooperative agreement, students remain on the NDSU campus to complete all coursework, with MiSU courses that are specific to the social work major offered on the NDSU campus by MiSU faculty or offered through interactive video. The culmination of these requirements leads to a bachelor's degree from NDSU (Human Development and Family Science major, Family Science option) as well as a bachelor of Social Work degree from MiSU, with graduates eligible for North Dakota licensure as social workers. The curriculum combines coursework in human development and family process with coursework in social work to offer students an integrated knowledge of children, adolescents, adults, and families across the lifespan that will equip them for careers in the helping professions as well as to address the needs and aspirations of people living in a changing world.

Major Requirements

Major at NDSU: Human Development & Family Science
Major at MiSU: Social Work

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credit to Graduate: 127

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
HD&E 189Skills for Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take HD&E 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I *3
ENGL 120College Composition II *3
Select one of the following:3
Writing in the Health Professions
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
STAT 330Introductory Statistics **3
Science & Technology (S):
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages3-4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
Select one from the following: *4
Concepts of Biology
and Concepts of Biology Lab
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Select from current general education list2-3
Humanities & Fine Arts (A):
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy3
or PHIL 215 Contemporary Moral Issues
Select from current general education list3
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B):
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology *3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology *3
Wellness (W):
HDFS 242Couples, Marriages and Families3
Cultural Diversity (D):
HDFS 475Children and Families Across Cultures3
Global Perspectives (G): Select one of the following: *3
Elements of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Total Credits41

Major Requirements

A grade of ‘C’ or better is better is required in all HDFS prefix courses.

General Education Requirements40
Human Development & Family Science Core Requirements
HDFS 110Introduction to Human Development and Family Science1
HDFS 135Family Science3
HDFS 230Life Span Development3
HDFS 250Introduction to Research Methods in Human Development and Family Sciences **3
HDFS 341Parent-Child Relations3
HDFS 353Children, Families and Public Policy **3
HDFS 462Methods of Family Life Education3
HDFS 475Children and Families Across Cultures **3
HD&E 320Professional Issues1
HDFSElective (HDFS 196, HDFS 242 & HDFS 496 may not be used)3
HDFS 300 or 400Level Elective (HDFS 496 may not be used):3
POLS 115American Government *3
Select one of the following: *3
Elements of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
PSYC 212Psychological Aspects of Drug Use and Abuse **3
PSYC 270Abnormal Psychology **3
SWK 250Interpersonal Skills3
SWK 256Development of Social Work3
SWK 330Behavior and Pluralistic Society3
SWK 331Systems Theory and Family Dynamics3
SWK 335Social Work Methods I3
SWK 426Social Work Methods II3
SWK 427Social Work Methods III3
SWK 490 & 491Field Education & Senior Semiar (to be taken in the same semester)15
SWK 430Diversity, Oppression, and Social Change3
SWK ElectiveElective 3
Cultural Diversity Elective: Select one additional cultural diversity course from the NDSU general education diversity list 3
Total Credits127

Prerequisite for admission to the Social Work program.


No substitutions allowed.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A 2.50 cumulative GPA is required in major courses for graduation.
  • Course taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.

HD&E 1891COMM 1103
ENGL 1001ENGL 1203
ENGL 1103POLS 1153
PSYC 1113SOC 1103
Humanities/Fine Arts Gen Ed3Science/Tech Gen Ed3
MathIn accordance with North Dakota University System Policy 402.1.2 and Procedure 402.1.2, ACT or SAT Mathematics sub-test scores, as well as COMPASS Mathematics scores and the NDSU Math Placement Test are used to determine placement of students into entry-level Mathematics courses.  
HDFS 1101 
HDFS 1353 
 14 15
BIOL 126 or 1113ECON 105 or 201 or 2023
BIOL 126L or Biol 111 L1PHIL 215 or 1013
CSCI 114 or 1163HDFS 2423
HDFS 2303HDFS 2503
SWK 250 Interpersonal Skills3SWK 330 Human Behavior3
SWK 256 Development of Social Welfare3SWK 331 Systems Theory & Families3
 16 18
PSYC 2123HD&E 3201
PSYC 2703STAT 3303
HDFS electiveany level3HDFS 3413
HDFS 300-400 level elective3HDFS 4623
SWK 335 Methods I - Individuals3SWK 426 Methods II - Groups3
SWK 430 Diversity, Oppression & Social Change3SWK 499 Interprofessional Healthcare Practice3
 18 16
Additional Cultural Diverse Gen Ed Course3SWK 490 & SWK 491 Field Education and Senior Seminar15
ENGL 325 or 358 or 4593 
HDFS 3533 
HDFS 4753 
SWK 427 Methods III - Organizations and Communities3 
 15 15
Total Credits: 127