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HDFS & Social Work (Minot State University)

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. Under a cooperative agreement, students remain on the NDSU campus to complete all coursework, with Minot State University courses that are specific to the social work major offered on the NDSU campus by Minot State University 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 Minot State University, 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 Minot State University: Social Work

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

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
First Year Experience (F)1
Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits40

Major Requirements

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

Human Development & Family Science Core Requirements
Select one of the following: (May satisfy general education category S) *4
Concepts of Biology
and Concepts of Biology Lab
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy general education category S)3-4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
Select one of the following: (May satisfy general education category B and G) *3
Elements of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Select one of the following: (May satisfy general education category C)3
Writing in the Health Professions
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
HDFS 110Introduction to Human Development and Family Science1
HDFS 135Family Science (May satisfy general education category B)3
HDFS 230Life Span Development (May satisfy general education category B)3
HDFS 242Couples, Marriages and Families (May satisfy general education category W)3
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 (May satisfy general education category B and D) **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
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy (May satisfy general education category A)3
or PHIL 215 Contemporary Moral Issues
POLS 115American Government *3
or POLS 215 Problems and Policies In American Government
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B) *3
PSYC 212Psychological Aspects of Drug Use and Abuse (May satisfy general education category B) **3
PSYC 270Abnormal Psychology (May satisfy general education category B) **3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category B) *3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R) **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
Total Credits108-109

Prerequisite for admission to the Social Work program; includes ENGL 110 and ENGL 120.


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.

Plan of Study

HD&E 1891COMM 1103
ENGL 1103ENGL 1203
PSYC 1113POLS 115 or 2153
Humanities & Fine Arts Gen Ed3SOC 1103
MATH*3Science & Tech Gen Ed3
HDFS 1101 
HDFS 1353 
 17 15
BIOL 126 or 1113ECON 105, 201, or 2023
BIOL 126L or 111L1PHIL 215 or 1013
CSCI 114 or 1163-4HDFS 2423
HDFS 2303HDFS 2503
SWK 250: Interpersonal Skills3SWK 330: Human Behavior3
SWK 256: Development of Social Welfare3SEK 335: Methods I - Individuals3
 16-17 18
PSYC 2123HD&E 3201
PSYC 2703STAT 3303
HDFS Elecgtive3HDFS 3413
HDFS 300-400 level elective3HDFS 4623
SWK 430: Diversity, Oppression & Social Change3SWK 426: Methods II - Groups3
SWK 331: Systems Theory & Families3SWK 499: Interprofessional Healthcare Practice3
 18 16
Additional Cultural Diverse Gen Ed 3SWK 490 & 491: Field Education and Senior Seminar15
ENGL 325, 358, or 4593 
HDFS 3533 
HDFS 4753 
SWK 427: Methods III - Organizations3 
 15 15
Total Credits: 130-131