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

Major Requirements

Major at NDSU: Human Development & Family Science
Major at Minot State University: Social Work

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum 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 specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

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

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

 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 major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

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

Major Requirements

Human Development & Family Science Core Requirements
Select one of the following: 13
Elements of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Select one of the following: 3
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in the Health Professions
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
CSCI 114Computer Applications3
or TL 116 Business Software Applications
HDFS 230Life Span Development3
HDFS 242Couples, Marriages and Families3
HDFS 250Introduction to Research Methods in Human Development and Family Sciences 23
HDFS 275Diversity and Multiculturalism in Individual and Family Life 23
HDFS 353Children, Families and Public Policy 23
HDFS 390Career Development1
HDFS Elective(HDFS 196 and HDFS 496 may not be used)3
HDFS 300/400300/400 Level Elective (HDFS 496 may not be used)3
PHIL 210Ethics 13
POLS 115American Government 13
or POLS 215 Problems and Policies In American Government
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology 13
PSYC 212Psychological Aspects of Drug Use and Abuse 23
PSYC 270Abnormal Psychology 23
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology 13
STAT 330Introductory Statistics 23
SWK 250Interpersonal Skills 13
SWK 256Development of Social Welfare 13
SWK 330Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
SWK 331Family Dynamics3
SWK 335Social Work Methods I3
SWK 426Social Work Methods II3
SWK 427Social Work Methods III3
SWK 430Diversity, Oppression, and Social Change3
SWK ElectiveDirected Elective 3
SWK 490 & 491Field Education & Senior Seminar (to be taken in the same semester) & HDFS 496: Field Experience (1 cr.)16
Select either the Family Science or Adult Development & Aging option listed below9
Total Credits104

Family Science Option

HDFS 341Parent-Child Relations3
HDFS 357Personal and Family Finance3
HDFS 462Methods of Family Life Education3
Total Credits9

Adult Development and Aging Option

HDFS 360Adult Development and Aging3
HDFS 480Community Resources of Later Life3
HDFS 482Family Dynamics of Aging3
Total Credits9

Denotes a prerequisite course that is required to be completed for admission to the Social Work program. (ENGL 110, ENGL 120, COMM 110, PHIL 210, ECON 105, 201 or 202, POLS 115 or 215, PSYC 111, SOC 110, SWK 250, and SWK 256.)


No substitutions allowed.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A grade of C or better is required for all HDFS and SWK prefix courses, regardless of whether they are used for the major core, major electives, general education, or free electives.
  • A 2.50 cumulative GPA is required in major courses for graduation.
  • Course taken Pass/Fail cannot be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.