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Sociology & Social Work Submajor

SSW Submajor Requirements

Students have the option of adding a submajor in Sociology & Social Work to their Sociology major. Courses in the SSW submajor offer students a substantive and cohesive curriculum relating to issues at the intersection of sociology and social work, including the study of social and economic inequality, the amelioration of unmet human needs, and the empowerment of individuals and communities.


  • To have a notation of the submajor completion appear on your transcript, you must declare the submajor and successfully complete a minimum of 19 credit hours from the list of approved courses.
  • A minimum of 8 credits must be elected in the SSW submajor at the 300-level or above (excluding prerequisite).

List of approved SSW submajor courses:

SOC 210 or STATS 250: Statistics
SOC 305: Introduction to Sociological Theory
SOC 310: Introduction to Sociological Research Methods
SW 305: Community Action and Social Change
SOC 225: Project Community: Sociology in Action

A maximum of 4 elective credits in the submajor may come from Experiential Learning or Independent Study style courses. This includes but is not limited to SOC 325, 391, 394, 395, 396, 468, and 488. SOC 225 is a required experiential course and is not included in this limit.

The department will allow up to one course with significant sociological content related to Sociology and Social Work from other LSA departments or transfer institutions to be included in the submajor. Students interested in petitioning to include a non-SOC course or transfer course in their submajor should complete the course petition process which includes submitting a petition form and the course syllabus.

Students majoring in Sociology with a submajor in Sociology and Social Work are not permitted to elect a minor in Community Action and Social Change, or double major in Social Theory and Practice.


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