Social Policy Course Listings

Minor in social policy

18 credit hours

Core courses (9 credit hours):

  • One of the following courses: 3
    • SoWk 322, Social Welfare Policy and Program I
    • PoSc 210, Introduction to Public Policy
  • One of the following courses: 3
    • Econ 203, Principles of Microeconomics
    • Phil 302, Ethics and Morality
    • Psyc 200, Social Psychology
    • Soc 200, Principles of Sociology
    • Soc 230, Ethnography and Culture
  • SoWk 321, Social Service Field Experience (or alternative internship) 3

Skills and methodology courses (9 credit hours):

  • Three of the following, with no more than two courses from any one department: 9
    • Bus 121, Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    • Bus 319, Leading Nonprofit Organizations
    • Comm 212, Digital Media Production I
    • Comm 250, Writing for Media
    • Comm 324, Principles of Public Relations
    • PJCS 325, Mediation: Process, Skills and Theory
    • PJCS 426, Conflict-Healthy Groups
    • Soc 391, Methods of Social Research

Planning and advising notes

The social policy minor is designed to assist students with a liberal arts major in obtaining knowledge and skills applicable to employment in the non-profit sector.

To obtain a minor in social policy, students must consult with their major advisor and submit a proposal of their goals and rationale for their course choices in the minor to the Social Policy Review Committee (Jan Bender Shetler, Joe Liechty, Kendra Yoder) for approval. At least nine credit hours in this minor must be upper level (300 level and above) courses.

After the plan of study is approved and submitted to the registrar, students will continue to be advised for the minor by their major advisors. Double counting will be limited to two courses, i.e., at least 12 hours of the minor must be met through discrete courses that do not count toward a student’s major requirements.

In the social policy internship, students will gain practical experience in their specific areas of interest. Most will complete an internship through the existing course, SoWk 321, which combines 40 hours in an agency and policy setting with weekly class sessions. Students may also meet this requirement through existing departmental internship courses, provided they meet the three credit hour requirement. With approval by the social policy review committee, the internship requirement may also be met through an off-campus program such as the Chicago Center.