Social Work & Human Development and Family Science Dual Degree Program with Minot State Universtiy

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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

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specific by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses number 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institituion. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU residence credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Residence credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

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
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

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
Business and Professional Writing
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

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.