Dual-Degree in HDFS and Social Work

Human Development and Family Science majors are prepared to work in a variety of areas related to children, aging adults, and families. In addition to the degree in HDFS, Joint students in HDFS/Social Work are pursuing the coursework and credential to prepare them as Social Workers. This Dual-degree program provides students a well-rounded education in preparation to become a social worker helping families and aging adults.

To learn more about our dual degree program and coursework, visit the HDFS / Social Work Undergraduate bulletin.

Information specific to the Social Work Degree:

Visit the Social Work program at Minot State University MSU Program Page

Steps for Applying to MSU


4-Year Plan 2021-2022

HDFS Social Work Dual Degree Handbook

Registering for Social Work Courses

To register for Minot State University social work courses on the NDSU campus, students must meet with their social work advisor (either Amy Philips or Melanie Fierstine). Appointments are scheduled through Navigate. 

Social Work Field Documents

Field Application

Field Manual

Potential Field Placement

Academic Honors available to HDFS/ Social Work Dual Degree Students

This document explains how the honors for Dean's List are calculated for Minot State University and North Dakota State University

Academic Honors

For further information contact: Amy Phillips, MSSW, PhD Professor and Site Coordinator Minot State University and Social Work at NDSU - 1310 Centennial Blvd, EML 277 Fargo, ND 58102 (701) 231-8268

Email: amy.phillips.1@minotstateu.edu


Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies (https://www.socialworkers.org/).  NASW membership is open to all social workers and social work students. Students receive a discounted membership! To learn more, please visit the following links:




Social Work Faculty

Amy Phillips, Professor, Minot State University Social Work Program
(MSSW, Columbia University; PhD, University of North Dakota)
Office Phone: (701) 231-8268

Melanie Fierstine, Assistant Professor, Minot State University Social Work Program
(MSW, University of Minnesota; LICSW)
Office Phone: (701) 231-8268
Email: melanie.fierstine@minotstateu.edu

Kali Heyen, Adjunct Instructor Minot State University Social Work Program


Office Phone: (701) 231-8268

Email: kali.heyen@minotstateu.edu

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