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Social Work

B.A. Psychology/B.S.W. Social Work

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts Psychology/Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is a 160 credit hour degree program in which students spend 3 years (96 credit hours) studying at Briercrest and 2 years (64 credit hours) at Minot State University. Toward the completion of the student’s third year of full-time study at Briercrest, the student must apply for admission to the College of Education and Health Sciences at Minot State University.


Credit Hours: 160
Coordinator: Charles Hackney

Charles Hackney, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ellery Pullman, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Educational Leadership
    Requirements  Program Sheet


Section A: Modified Core Courses (45 credit hours)
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life (3) – required for Major
BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament (3)
BLST 200+ elective, CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry, or THEO 200+ elective (3)
BLST 300+ elective (3)
ENG 100 Literature and Composition I (3)
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II (3)
Fine Arts, Human Movement and Communication, or the Global Community Elective (3)
HIS 237 History of Christianity I (3)
HIS 238 History of Christianity II (3)
IDST 200 Int. Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity (3) or IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences (3)
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II (3)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3) – required for Major
THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology (3)
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

Section B: Psychology Required Courses (30 credit hours)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3) – fulfilled in the Modified Core
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology II (3)
PSY 280 Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective (3)
PSY 301 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3)
PSY 320 Social Psychology (3) or PSY 330 Theories of Personality (3)
PSY 350 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSY 415 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Elective Courses (9 credit hours):
PSY 320 Social Psychology (3)
PSY 330 Theories of Personality (3)
PSY 336 Positive Psychology (3)
PSY 340 Psychology of Sport and Exercise (3)
PSY 351 Psychology of Counselling (3)
PSY 379 Psychology of Personal and Interpersonal Dynamics (3)
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents
PSY 383 Psychology of Human Development: Adults
PSY 393 Specialized Study
PSY 430 Human Sexuality
PSY 441 Counselling and Contemporary Society
PSY 442 Premarital Counselling
PSY 450 Psychology of Religion
PSY 471 Educational Psychology
PSY 493 Specialized Study

Section C: Cognate Requirement (3 credit hours): Fulfilled in the Modified Core
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life (3)

Section D: General Education and Support Courses (21 credit hours)
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology (3)
COMM 104 Public Speaking (3)
ECON 100 Microeconomics (3) or ECON 101 Macroeconomics (3)
HIS 100 Issues in World History I (3), HIS 101 Issues in World History II (3), HIS 210 American History to 1865, (3) or HIS 211 American History since 1865 (3)
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness (3)
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies (3)
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology I (3)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-4 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

MSU (64 credit hours): Application to the College of Education and Health Sciences will take place in the student’s final year at BCS.

I have been incredibly blessed to be a part of a community that not only dared me to 'think brave thoughts' but also dared me to be a more authentic follower of Christ.
Russell Price