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Human Development and Family Science & Social Work (Minot State University)

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 with a major in Human Development and Family Science (Family Science option or Adult Development and Aging 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 list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • 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, should they apply.
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 Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

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) 14
Concepts of Biology
and Concepts of Biology Lab
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Select one of the following: (May satisfy general education category B and G) 13
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
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy general education category S)3
or MIS 116 Business Use of Computers
HD&E 189Skills for Academic Success 31
HDFS 135Family Science (May satisfy general education category B)3
HDFS 230Life Span Development (May satisfy general education category B)3
HDFS 250Introduction to Research Methods in Human Development and Family Sciences 23
HDFS 353Children, Families and Public Policy 23
HDFS 475Children and Families Across Cultures (May satisfy general education category B and D) 23
HD&E 320Professional Issues1
HDFSElective (HDFS 196, HDFS 242 & HDFS 496 may not be used)3
HDFS 300/400300/400 Level 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 13
or POLS 215 Problems and Policies In American Government
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B) 13
PSYC 212Psychological Aspects of Drug Use and Abuse (May satisfy general education category B) 23
PSYC 270Abnormal Psychology (May satisfy general education category B) 23
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category B) 13
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R) 23
Cultural DiversityElective-Select one additional cultural diversity course from the NDSU general education cultural diversity list3
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
Select either the Family Science or Adult Development & Aging option listed below9
Total Credits111

Family Science Option

HDFS 242Couples, Marriages and Families3
HDFS 357Personal and Family Finance3
HDFS 462Methods of Family Life Education3

Adult Development and Aging Option

HDFS 360Adult Development and Aging3
HDFS 480Community Resources of Later Life3
HDFS 482Family Dynamics of Aging3

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


No substitutions allowed.


HD&E 189 is only required for first-time, first-year students--A first-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has not yet completed a college course as a college student.  Students that are not first-time, first-year students that either transfer into the university or change their major are not required to take HD&E 189. 

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 1104ENGL 1203
PSYC 1113POLS 115 or 2153
MATH*3SOC 1103
Science & Technology Gen Ed3HDFS 2303
HDFS 1353 
 17 15
BIOL 126 or 1113ECON 105, 201, or 2023
BIOL 126L or 111L1PHIL 215 or 1013
PSYC 2123HDFS 2503
HDFS Option Course3HDFS option course3
SWK 250: Interpersonal Skills3SWK 330: Human Behavior3
SWK 256: Development of Social Welfare3SWK 335: Methods I - Individuals3
 16 18
PSYC 2703HD&E 3201
CSCI 1143STAT 3303
HDFS 300-400 level elective3Wellness3
Humanities/Fine Arts3HDFS option course3
SWK 331: Family Dynamics3HDFS Elective3
SWK 430: Diversity, Oppression & Social Change3SWK 426: Methods II - Groups3
 SWK Elective3
 18 19
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: 133

 In 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.