Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Human Services BA - Child and Family Studies Concentration/Social Work MSW

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Course Requirements

Health and Human Services Core (6 credits)

Four Child and Family Studies Concentration Courses (12 credits)

Graduate Courses:

  • SW 500 - Social Welfare History and Policy
  • SW 503 - Diversity and Oppression
  • SW 505 - Theories of Human Behavior and Development
  • SW 506 - Theories of Organizational Behavior, Development and Change
  • SW 510 - Scientific Methods in Social Work
  • SW 514 - Evaluation in Social Work
  • SW 520 - Interventions I
  • SW 521 - Interventions II
  • SW 542 - Perspectives on Trauma and Human Rights
  • SW 550 - Field Instruction I
  • SW 551 - Field Instruction II (4 credits)
  • SW 552 - Field Instruction III, 4 credits
  • SW 553 - Field Instruction IV
  • SW 555 - Field Seminar (taken twice)
  • Advanced Interventions (One course)
  • Advanced Topic Analysis (Two courses)
  • Electives (9 credits total)


*Continuation in the major will be contingent on completing PSY 101  and SSC 103  with a minimum grade of C in each.

**No more than two PSY and two SOC courses may be taken.

***No more than two of the following courses may be taken: LAI 490 , SSC 496  (sections HS1 and HS2)

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 34-36

Additional Undergraduate Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • 23-24 undergraduate elective credits

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 93

Total Credits Required for Graduate Degree: 60

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 153

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000 in the undergraduate major. All courses taken by a student that are included in the Health and Human Services- Child and Family Studies curriculum will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select two courses from a particular section and the student completes three courses from that section, all three courses would be used to calculate a student’s major GPA.

Admission to the graduate portion of the degree is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Students need a human biology course for successful completion of the graduate program, so they are advised to take BIO 129   to meet the biological sciences requirement for the undergraduate portion of the degree. Students must also have related work experience, an extensive volunteer background, or an internship administered through an academic program to be a viable candidate for admission to the MSW portion of the degree

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of the Health and Human Services-Child and Family Studies major. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Transfer Credit Policy

At least 50 percent of coursework toward the undergraduate major must be completed at UB.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

  • Human Biology Course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

  • Scientific Literacy 1 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy Lab Credits: 1
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

  • Research Methods Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course (Internship strongly recommended) Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

  • SW 500LEC - History and Policy Credits: 3
  • SW 505LEC - Theo of Human Beh & Dev Credits: 3
  • SW 510LEC - Scientific Methods in SW Credits: 3
  • SW 520LLB - Interventions 1 Credits: 3
  • SW 550LEC - Field Instruction 1 Credits: 3
  • SW 555SEM - Field Seminar Credits: 0.5

Total Credits: 15.5

Fourth Year Spring

  • SW 503LEC - Diversity and Oppression Credits: 3
  • SW 506LEC - Theo of Org Behv & Dev Credits: 3
  • SW 514LEC - Evaluation in Social Work Credits: 3
  • SW 521LEC - Interventions II Credits: 3
  • SW 551LEC - Field Instruction 2 Credits: 4
  • SW 555SEM - Field Seminar Credits: 0.5

Total Credits: 16.5

Fifth Year Fall

  • SW 542SEM - Trauma and Human Rights Credits: 3
  • SW 552LEC - Field Instruction 3 Credits: 4
  • Advanced Interventions Credits: 3
  • Advanced Topic Analysis Credits: 3

Total Credits: 13

Fifth Year Spring

  • SW 553LEC - Field Instruction 4 Credits: 3
  • Advanced Topic Analysis Credits: 3
  • Graduate Elective Credits: 3
  • Graduate Elective Credits: 3
  • Graduate Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits Required: 153

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have the ability to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human service intervention.
  • Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
  • Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
  • Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
  • Develop personal characteristics and professional skills-e.g., interview, presentation, writing-necessary for success in HS positions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent agencies and services, early childhood development, language development, educational research and practice, family structure/functions, and childhood interventions.

For information on the skills and competencies required for certification and acquired through completion of this combined degree please see the Graduate School of Social Work webpage.


(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP45.0101 Social Sciences, General)


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