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Social Welfare


The Social Welfare minor at Clarke University helps provide a comprehensive understanding of the social welfare system in the United States and the social issues facing social workers. The Social Welfare minor also introduces students to theories of human behavior, diversity, social justice, and the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. The courses offered in the minor will acquaint students in other disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology, health science, education, criminal justice, nursing) with the field of social work. The Social Welfare minor does not provide all the skills needed for actual social work practice but does provide a basic understanding of the profession of Social Work and provides some preparation for graduate studies in Social Work leading to a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Individuals with a minor in Social Welfare minor have additional, highly sought-after skills that place them above their peers in the work world.

Program Details

What classes will you need?

A Social Welfare minor pairs nicely with many majors. For a minor in Social Welfare, a student completes 18 credits in the following courses with a grade of C- or better. While there are no prerequisites for these courses, the following sequence is preferred:

  • SW 101 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work
  • SW 231 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SW 235 Diversity and Privilege
  • SW 360 Practice I: Social Work with Individuals
  • SW 375 Practice II: Social Work with Groups and Families
  • SW 385 Social Work with Communities and Organization

Interested in the Master of Social Work program?

Clarke University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program will accept 15 credits from the minor if students achieve a B or higher in the courses. This reduces the program’s 57 credit requirement for the MSW to 42 credits, placing you ahead of the game as a graduate student.

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our Social Work and Social Welfare students speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know you by your first name.

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Colleen Mahoney, Ph.D.

Colleen Mahoney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of Social Work

My enthusiasm for my students’ ideals and potential, I hope, provides encouragement and inspiration for them to believe in themselves and begin to impact the world around them.

Tara Velez, MSW

Tara Velez, MSW

Instructor of Social Work

I strive to create a classroom environment built upon respect and dignity.

Amanda Greubel, DSW

Amanda Greubel, DSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work

My greatest hope as a social work educator is to light a fire for social justice in my students.

Samantha Hicks, MSW

Samantha Hicks, MSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work

My love for social work expands with every student and community organization relationship I help to facilitate. Watching students grow and learn from their field education experiences excites me for the future of the social work field.

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Experience Clarke Social Welfare for Yourself

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