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Minors and Certificates

We offer minors in Social Work and Critical Disabilities Studies. We also offer a certificate in Public Safety.

Questions? Email BSWadvising@austin.utexas.edu

Minors

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work offers two minor options for UT Austin undergraduates who are interested in learning about the social work field and values but do not want to pursue a BSW degree. Students pursuing any of these two minors have access to required social work courses and can meet with a BSW programs team member as needed.

Social Work Minor

The Social Work Minor is for undergraduates who are interested in social work but don’t plan to practice as professional social workers. It’s a great complement to majors such as pre-med, pre-law, health, communications and government.

The Social Work Minor requires completion of 15 hours of coursework. Coursework for this minor must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a minimum grade of a C.

Requirements to apply

  • UT Austin GPA of 2.0 or above.

Required courses

  • SW 310 – Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
  • SW 312 – Generalist Social Work Practice: Knowledge, Values, and Skills
  • SW 325 – Foundations of Social Justice
  • SW electives  – 6 hrs chosen from:
    • SW 360K –  Current Social Work Topics (may be repeated when topic varies)
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Critical Disability Studies Minor

Disability Studies is an academic field that is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, examining the experience of disability from a spectrum of “truths.” Most importantly, people living with disability and their experiences are integral to what we learn and understand.

With the Critical Disability Studies Minor (formally called Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor), students have the opportunity to design a broad-based minor by taking courses in various disciplines. The minor focuses on how disability is constructed, viewed and understood culturally, politically, economically and socially. Students will have the option to focus on an area of interest.

The Critical Disability Studies Minor requires completion of 15 hours of coursework. Coursework for this minor must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a minimum grade of a C.

Additional information about the CDI minor can be found here.

The Critical Disability Studies Minor requires completion of 15 hours of coursework. Coursework for this minor must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a minimum grade of a C.

Apply online by selecting Restricted Minor > Social Work > Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor.

Requirements to apply

  • UT Austin GPA of 2.0 or above

Required courses

  • S W 325 – Foundations of Social Justice
  • CDI 355.1/S W 360K.19– Social Construction of Disability (typically offered in spring semesters)
  • CDI 355.2/S W 360K.24– Making Systems Work for People with Disabilities (typically offered in fall semesters)
  • Two approved electives from this list:
  • ALD 322 – Individual Differences (if taken Fall 2020 and prior)
  • ANT 302 – Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 349C – Human Variation
  • CDI 355.3/S W 360K.20 – Aging and Disability
  • CDI 355.4/S W 360K.27 – Family Support, Self-Determination, and Disability
  • CDI 355.5/S W 360K.28 – Developmental Disabilities and Self Advocacy
  • CDI 355.6/S W 360K.25 – Women and Disability
  • CDI 355.7/S W 360K – Sexuality and Disability
  • CDI 355.8/S W 360K – Leadership Training: Autism
  • CSD 306K – Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (if taken summer 2020 and prior)
  • CSD 308K – Perspectives on Deafness
  • E 376M – Studies in Ethnic American Literature
  • E 376M – Deviant Bodies: Disability, Race, and Sexuality (if taken Fall 2020 and prior)
  • EDP 376T – Disability and Culture in Education
  • KIN 352K – Sport and Disability (if taken Fall 2020 and prior)
  • KIN 352K – Adapted Fitness and Recreation (if taken Fall 2020 and prior)
  • KIN 360 – Programming for People with Disabilities
  • MUS 379K – Musicking and Disability
  • NUR 371 – Disability Over the Life Course
  • SED 303 – Autism Spectrum Disorder: Truths and Consequences (if taken Fall 2020 and prior)
  • SLH 308K – Perspectives of Deafness
  • UGS 303 – What Does It Mean To Be Normal? Perceptions of Autism and Neurodiversity

Certificate in Public Safety

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work offers a certificate in Public Safety for undergraduate social work students interested in careers in public safety settings such as law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical services, and emergency management at the local, state, and national levels.

A Certificate in Public Safety will be awarded to students whose successful completion of the bachelor in social work program includes six courses with a public safety focus. One of these courses requires 120 hours of service learning in an approved public safety setting.

The Certificate in Public Safety requires completion of 18 hours of coursework. Coursework for this minor must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a minimum grade of a C.

Required courses

  • PSF 311 – Social Work and Public Safety
  • S W 325 – Foundations of Social Justice
  • PSF 360K – Public Safety Field Immersion
  • Three approved electives from this list:
  • S W 311 – Introductory Topics in Social Work (Topic: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System)
  • S W 360K – Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
  • S W 360K – Social Work Practice with Abused and Neglected Children and their Families
  • S W 360K – Advanced Topics in Social and Economic Justice
  • S W 360K – Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence
  • S W 360K – Leadership in the Community
  • S W 360K – Loss and Grief: Individual, Family, and Cultural Perspectives
  • S W 360K – Communication Skills in Interdisciplinary Settings
  • S W 360K – Social Work in the Legal System
  • S W 360K – Working with Youth Gangs
  • S W 360K – Youth, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice
  • S W 360K – Principles of Recovery and Relapse Prevention
  • S W 360K –  Mental Health Issues in Public Safety