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Social Work Minor

The well-being of our human society is a chief concern of the field of social work. Social workers help meet basic human needs, especially for those who are vulnerable, abused or marginalized. Social workers are interested in the betterment of the individual and the betterment of society as a whole.

Students of social work are better informed as citizens; they learn a great deal about society, its problems and values, as well as how to address societal concerns. While the social work minor does not certify students as professional social workers or provide state licensure, it may lead to rewarding graduate level work required for certification and licensure. Students may find the minor in social work to be an attractive and interesting enhancement to their major course of study especially in Sociology, Psychology and Criminal Justice and an entry to careers in various social services organizations.

The minor in social work requires 18 semester hours. Students planning to minor in social work must complete, with a grade of C or better, at least four of the six courses at Saint Xavier University. A maximum of one course from the student's major requirements may be applied to the minor. Please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for more detailed information.

Featured Alumni


Crystal Ochoa-Garcia
Major: Sociology
Minor: Anthropology and Social Work
Year of Graduation: December 2018

"The Social Work minor at Saint Xavier University challenged me to view the field of Social Work in a different perspective. The introduction class with Professor Odeh was interesting and it inspired me to become an agent of change. In addition to the class, my internship with Metropolitan Family Services taught me a lot about my community and it has shown me the ways in which they are helping the Chicagoland area. By having an opportunity to be apart of the Metropolitan family, I was recommended to apply for an open position within the organization. I now have a full time position and I am very happy."

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