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Section 2.12.00: Minor Method Option

In addition to their Practice Method concentration, students also have the option of selecting a second Practice Method as a minor method. It is possible to concentrate in one Practice Method and have a minor in another (e.g., concentrate in Management of Human Services and minor in Social Policy and Evaluation). There is no option for a minor in a Practice Area. The requirements for a minor in Interpersonal Practice, Community Organization, Management of Human Services, or Social Policy and Evaluation consist of (a) two methods courses in the selected method and (b) completion of 171 hours of advanced field work providing service related to the minor method concentration. This requires careful planning and utilizes six of the student's elective credits hours.

Students who want to elect a minor method should do so prior to beginning Field Instruction, which is necessary to ensure that the Field Instruction site can provide appropriate learning opportunities for both the concentration and minor method. It is possible to change the elective minor method or to add or drop an optional minor. Prior to the first day of classes for a new MSW student, requests to change the minor can be made by emailing the Office of Student Services (
https://ssw.umich.edu/offices/student-services). After the first day of classes (in the first term of enrollment), all requests to add or drop the minor must be made by completing a Request for Change in Concentration and/or Minor Form and submitting it to the School of Social Work Registrar’s Office. Following the beginning of coursework in the MSW program, minor changes require approval from a student’s faculty advisor, field faculty (if in field) and the Director of Field Instruction (if in field). Approval of the Director of Field Instruction and the student’s field faculty is required in order to ensure that the Office of Field Instruction is aware of any changes that need to be accommodated by the fieldwork site. In addition, the approval of the faculty advisor is required to ensure that it is possible to meet the course requirements for the new minor method option. Students wishing to drop a minor are not required to obtain signatures from the faculty advisor, field faculty, or the Director of Field Instruction. The Request for Change in Concentration and/or Minor Form can be found at: https://ssw.umich.edu/my-ssw/class-related-forms . Having made the decisions about a Practice Method concentration and the optional minor method, a student must then fulfill the course requirements and options which are identified above in each of the Practice Method concentrations.

Note: The same course used to fulfill a minor method cannot also be used to fulfill a Practice Method Concentration requirement. Example: A Community Organization concentrator with a Management of Human Services minor cannot use SW 651 to fulfill both requirements. Additionally, if a course in the minor method category is used as a substitution for another degree required course (which is rare) that course cannot also be used to fulfill the minor.

Minor Methods Requirements:

Interpersonal Practice
Two of the following courses:
SW623 (Interpersonal Practice with Families)
SW624 (Interpersonal Practice with Groups)
SW625 (Interpersonal Practice with Children & Youth)
SW628 (Interpersonal Practice with Adult Individuals)
and 25% of SW691 (Advanced Field Instruction)

Community Organization
Two of the following courses:
SW650 (Community Development)
SW651 (Planning for Organizational and Community Change)
SW652 (Organizing for Social and Political Action)
SW654 (Concepts and Techniques of Community Participation)
SW657 (Multicultural, Multilingual Organizing)
SW658 (Women and Community Organization)
SW674 (Community-Based Policy Advocacy)
and 25% of SW691 (Advanced Field Instruction)

Management in Human Services
Two of the following courses:
SW651 (Planning for Organizational and Community Change)
SW660 (Managing Projects and Organizational Change)
SW661 (Budgeting and Fiscal Management)
SW662 (Management of Information Systems in Human Service Agencies)
SW663 (Grantgetting, Contracting and Fund Raising)
SW664 (Management of Human Resources)
SW665 (Executive Leadership and Organizational Governance)
and 25% of SW691 (Advanced Field Instruction)

Social Policy & Evaluation
SW673 (Statistics in Policy Analysis and Evaluation)
and one of the following:
SW670 (Analytic Methods for Social Policy Practice)
SW671 (Social Policy Development and Enactment)
SW674 (Community-Based Policy Advocacy)
SW685 (Methods of Program Evaluation)
and 25% of SW691 (Advanced Field Instruction)

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