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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 prepare 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.

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The Program

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 MSU.

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 science 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.

Selective Admission

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,
2. Application for admission to Minot State University, and
3. Upon completion of specific requirements, application for admission to MiSU social work program.

Field Education

Students are required to complete 465 hours of direct practice with either a public or private human service agency. This supervised field practice enables students to gain 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 Financial Aid and Scholarships at NDSU makes available grants, loans, scholarships and work-study employment. Scholarships also are available through the College of Human Development and Education.

The Facilities

Facilities for the dual degree program are housed in Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall and the Family Life Center.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Students may enhance their involvement by participating in groups such as the HDFS Club and/or the Student Social Work Organization.

Community Setting

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.

Accrediting Agency

The social work program is accredited by:
The Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457

Sample Curriculum


General Education
    First Year Experience
1     HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success
3     COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3, 3     ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
3     English Upper Level Writing Course
    Quantitative Reasoning
3     STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics
    Science & Technology
4     BIOL 111, 111L - Concepts of Biology and Lab or
          BIOL 126, 126L - Human Biology and Lab
3-4     CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages or
          CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers
2-3     Science and Technology Electives
    Humanities & Fine Arts
3     PHIL 101- Introduction to Philosophy or
       PHIL 215 - Contemporary Moral Issues
3   Humanities and Fine Arts Elective
    Social & Behavioral Sciences
3     PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology
3     SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology
3     HDFS 242 - Couples, Marriages and Families
    Cultural Diversity
3     HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures
    Global Perspective
3       ECON 105 - Elements of Economics or
            ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics or
                  ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics
41   Total
Credits   Major Requirements
3   ECON 105 - Elements of Economics or
       ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics or
           ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
1   HD&E 320 - Professional Issues
1   HDFS 110 - Introduction to Human Development and
          Family Science
3   HDFS 135 - Family Science
3   HDFS 230 - Life Span Development
3   HDFS 250 - Introduction to Research Methods in HDFS
3   HDFS 341 - Parent Child Relations
3   HDFS 353 - Children, Family & Public Policy
3   HDFS 462 - Methods of Family Life Education
3   HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures
3   POLS 115 - American Government
3   PSYC 212 - Psychological Aspects of Drug Use
          and 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 426 - Social Work Methods II
3   SWK 427 - Social Work Methods III
3   SWK 430 - Diversity, Oppression, and Social Change
15   SWK 490, 491 - Field Education, Senior Seminar
3   Cultural Diversity Elective
3*   HDFS Elective
3   HDFS 300-400 Level Elective
3   SWK Elective
86   Total

*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
Room 283

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)

Contact Information

Amy Phillips, MSSW, PhD, Site Coordinator
Social Work/Family Science
North Dakota State University
Dept #2615, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9792

Joel Hektner, PhD, Professor/Head, HDFS
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept #2615, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8269

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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