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School of Social Work

Undergraduate Minors

We offer three undergraduate minors to enhance and compliment your major and future goals. Minors are open to all current University of Minnesota undergraduates. Also, you don't need to be in the minors to take any of these classes; we welcome all students to explore our communities.

  • Family Violence Prevention minor
  • Social Justice minor
  • Youth Studies minor

If you want to declare a minor or have questions about SSW minors, contact Cindy Pavlowski, undergraduate advisor, by email at pavlo002@umn.edu.

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Students canoeing Lake Calhoun durnig a Youth Studies Experiential Learning class


Family Violence Prevention

Family violence can affect anyone in our communities, and includes partner abuse, child maltreatment, and the abuse of elders and vulnerable adults. Knowing how to respond to not only the immediate aftermath of family violence, but also to the more complex needs of family members is critical in schools, clinics, and workplaces.

The Family Violence Prevention minor strengthens your educational experience with both a research base and practical skills in preventing family violence. This minor best compliments career paths related to social services, education, health care, and other direct service fields.

Three foundation courses focus on research related to violent behavior, relationships between violence in society and violence within families, and different professional responses to violence. You will add 6 elective credits to integrate this study further into your major or other fields of interest.

See all course requirements for the Family Violence Prevention minor.

Social Justice

Learn how to question critically, discover how to be an activist, and work to transform the world.

In our classrooms, we create respectful space for all opinions. Your learning will draw on theory and practice, with valued knowledge from both the University and local community experiences. We believe in equity and fairness in every aspect of the human experience, recognizing struggles for liberation, and social movements of many people globally.

The Social Justice minor is 17 credits. You’ll choose 3 of 4 core courses (11 credits) and 6 credits of elective courses. See all course requirements for the Social Justice minor.

Youth Studies

Explore youth as an idea, as people, as an age group, and as a life stage.

The Youth Studies minor builds on over 30 years of work done by the Center for Youth Development and Research and the Youth Studies Program in the School of Social Work. This flexible 16-credit minor begins with a core class in Youth Studies and allows you to customize electives to suit how you plan to work with and understand youth.

See all course requirements for the Youth Studies minor. Youth Studies is also available as an undergraduate major.