Workers in many public service careers encounter individuals and families affected by substance use disorders. This minor will arm you with skills and knowledge to work with children and adults who are touched by addiction and to develop treatment strategies and interventions for this population.

The courses in the minor emphasize cultural and societal differences in approaches to substance use disorders and review how policy at all levels affects diagnosis, treatment and the criminalization of drug use.


Required Courses 9 hours

Students must pass the following three courses with a grade of C or better.

  • SCWK 41403 - Addiction and the Family
  • SCWK 42103 - The Diagnosis and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
  • SCWK 42403 - Impact of Policy on Addiction


Courses Select 9 remaining hours

Students must choose three of the following courses and pass each one with a C or better.

  • SCWK 30103 - Child Advocacy I: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
  • SCWK 31603 - On Death and Dying
  • SCWK 31903 - Human Diversity and Social Work
  • SCWK 32303 - Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice
  • SCWK 36303 - Child Welfare: 21st Century Perspectives
  • SCWK 40103 - Child Advocacy II: Professional and System Responses to Child Maltreatment
  • SCWK 40203 - Child Advocacy III: Responding to the Survivor of Child Abuse
  • SCWK 40903 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • SCWK 41503 - Social Welfare Policy


For students in the online BA in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program or U of A degree-seeking students:

In order to add this minor, students must consult their advisers for their academic majors.