Social Welfare*

The concentration in social welfare prepares students for social welfare work and other professional careers where a fundamental knowledge of human relations is required. The concentration enhances and broadens the ability of students to analyze complex family, individual, and societal problems in the context of societal values, cultural diversity, and other social and economic variables. The concentration also contributes to students' understanding of society and social behavior, encourages critical thinking, and helps develop communication skills.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours (internship or independent study not applicable) including 12 of upper division hours from the approved list for this concentration.
  • Minimum of 12 hours of social work courses must be completed at ASU.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher, no pass/fail credit.
  • Complete SWU 171 as the prerequisite for all upper division SWU courses.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Students must be at a sophomore standing to take 300 or 400 level courses.
  • Students are required to meet with a Social Welfare Advisor prior to registration, or 602-496-0800.

Core 9 hours:

SWU 171 Introduction to Social Work (3) (Required)

SWU 291 Social Service Delivery Systems (3) (Required) (Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 101, SOC 101 or SOC 301; Pre/Co-requisites: SWU 171 with a C or better if completed)

SWU 432 Social Policy & Services (3) (Prerequisites for SWU 432 are waived for students enrolled in this concentration)

Cultural Diversity 3 Hours:
Select 1 course from the following:

SWU 374 Diversity and Oppression in Social Work Context (3)

OR SWU 474 Ethnic/cultural Variables in Social Work (Pre/Co-requisite: waived for this class)

SWU 455 Social Work Practice Skills with Latinos (3)

SWU 457 Southwest Borderlands Immigration Issues (3)

SWU 459 Spirituality and the Helping Professions (3)

SWU 456 Immigrants and Refugees (3)

SWU 461 Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues

SWU 494 Special Topics [*BORD*FAM*COM*] (1-4)

Electives 6 hours:
Choose 2 courses from the following: 

SWU 303 Micro Human Behavior Social Environment (3) (Prerequisites: PGS 100, PGS 101, SOC 101 or SOC 301; Pre or Co-requisites: SWU 171, SWU 291 and SWU 295 (with C or better if completed)

SWU 340 Macro Human Behavior Social Environment (3) (Prerequisites: SWU 303 (SWU 301) with C or better; Pre/Co-requisite: SWU 310 with C or better if completed)

SWU 457 Southwest Borderland Immigration Issues (3) (Prerequisite: Credit is allowed for only SWG 557 or SWU 457)

SWU 456 Immigrants and Refugees (3)

SWU 458 Behavioral Health Services (3)

SWU 459 Spirituality and the Helping Professions (3)

SWU 460 Legal Issues in Social Work (3)

SWU 461 Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues

SWU 462 Global Social Welfare (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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