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Sociology & Social Work

SSW Submajor

The Sociology and Social Work submajor seeks to 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. The submajor will prepare students to enter the MSW program at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work.

The SSW submajor requires 33 credits overall, not including the prerequisite course or graduate level coursework in the School of Social Work.

Prerequisite Course

Before declaring the Sociology major with a submajor in Sociology and Social Work, students must complete a pre-requisite course with a C- or better. The credits from the prerequisite course cannot be included in the 33 credits required to complete the major and submajor.

  • First and second year students should enroll in either SOC 100: Intro to Soc or SOC 102: Intro to Soc: Special Topics
  • Third and fourth year students should enroll in either SOC 300: Principles and Problems of Sociology or SOC 302: Health & Society - Intro to Soc

Note that students should only take ONE prerequisite course (SOC 100, 102, 300, or 302); no credit will be granted for the second prerequisite course taken (the second course will have a “Not For Credit” designation on the transcript).

For students interested in career paths such as:

  • Social Work
  • Grassroots social change
  • Non-profits
  • Community welfare & organizing

Classes in the SSW program cover the following topics:

  • Social inequality
  • Politics, power, & social change
  • Sociology of gender
  • Law & society
  • Race & ethnicity
  • Social movements
  • Urban inequality