Human Development and Family Science/Social Work
The dual-degree program in human development and family science and social work offers students an integrated knowledge of children, adolescents, adults and families across the life span that will equip them for careers in the helping professions. Students will gain a broad range of knowledge and skills that will equip them to address the needs and aspirations of people living in a changing world and be eligible for North Dakota licensure as social workers.
Students are concurrently enrolled in the family science option of the human development and family science (HDFS) major at North Dakota State University and the social work major through Minot State University (MiSU). The culmination of these requirements leads to a Bachelor of Science from NDSU as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from MiSU.
Under a cooperative agreement, students remain on the NDSU campus to complete all course work for the dual degree. The courses specific to the social work major are offered on the NDSU campus by MiSU faculty or offered through interactive video.
Together the HDFS degree and the social work degree complement and strengthen the knowledge and skills that students will possess upon completion of this dual degree program. The curriculum combines course work in human development and family process with course work in social work. The curriculum includes a strong liberal arts base, studies in human development, family science, social work practice, social welfare, human behavior and research, and additional course work in economics, psychology, sociology and political science.
Admission to the dual degree program consists of two separate university applications:
1. Application for admission to NDSU for the human development and family science/social work dual degree prior to beginning the program, and
2. Upon completion of specific requirements, application for admission to MISU social work program.
Students are required to complete 450 hours of direct practice with either a public or private human service agency. This supervised field practice enables students to get valuable hands-on experience working with clients.
The social work program does not give academic credit for life experience or work experience, nor does the program allow such experience to be substituted for field education.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Office of Student Financial Services at NDSU makes available grants, loans, scholarships and work-study employment. Scholarships also are available through the College of Human Development and Education.
Facilities for the dual degree program are housed in Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall and the Family Life Center.
Students may enhance their involvement by participating in groups such as the HDFS Club and/or the Student Social Work Organization.
The Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area offers a setting conducive to study. Students have the opportunity to work in a number of community institutions serving children and families.
The social work program is accredited by:
The Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
|General Education Requirements||Credits|
First Year Experience
HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success
COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
ENGL 325 - Writing in the Health Professions or
|STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics||3|
Science & Technology
| BIOL 111 - Concepts of Biology or|
BIOL 126 - Human Biology
|CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages||3|
|Science and Technology Electives||4|
Humanities & Fine Arts
|Humanities and Fine Arts Elective||3|
| PHIL 101- Introduction to Philosophy or|
PHIL 215 - Contemporary Moral Issues
Social and Behavioral Sciences
|PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology||3|
|SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology||3|
|HDFS 242 - Couples, Marriages and Families||3|
|HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures||-|
|HD&E 320 - Professional Issues||1|
|ECON 105 - Elements of Economics or |
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics or
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
|HDFS 135 - Family Science||3|
|HDFS 230 - Life Span Development||3|
|HDFS 250 - Introduction to Research||3|
|HDFS 341 - Parent Child Relations||3|
|HDFS 353 - Children, Family & Public Policy||3|
|HDFS 462 - Risk & Resilience||3|
|HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures||3|
|POLS 115 - American Government||3|
|PSYC 212 - Psychological Aspects of Drug Use/Abuse||3|
|PSYC 270 - Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SWK 250 - Interpersonal Skills||3|
|SWK 256 - Development of Social Welfare||3|
|SWK 330 - Behavior in Pluralistic Society||3|
|SWK 331 - Systems Theory and Family Dynamics||3|
|SWK 335 - Social Work Methods I||3|
|SWK 340 - Social Welfare Policy I||3|
|SWK 401 - Contemporary Issues with Native American Families|
or SWK 402 - Native American Children & Adolescents
|SWK 426 - Social Work Methods II||3|
|SWK 427 - Social Work Methods III||3|
|SWK 432 - Field Education||10|
|SWK 491 - Senior Seminar||3|
*HDFS 196, 242 and 496 cannot be used to meet the HDFS elective requirements. At least one of the electives needs to be a 300 or 400 level course.
This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.
Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall
Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall is located in the center of campus on Centennial Boulevard and is connected to the east end of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life Center (Campus Map)
Jim Deal, Professor/Head, HDFS
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept 2600, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel. (701) 231-7568
Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802