Social Work

Partnership Degrees

Two schools. Two degrees. Five years. Study at Briercrest for 3 years and at Minot State University for 2 years to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Briercrest and a Bachelor of Social Work from Minot State University.

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The BA Psychology/Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is a 156 credit hour degree program in which students spend 3 years (96 credit hours) studying at Briercrest and 2 years (60 credit hours) at Minot State University.
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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.

Students will complete a modified version of the Core Curriculum, as well as 4 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

New students - apply to the college now and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.

Current students - talk to Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.

BCS Degree Requirements

(96 credit hours)

Modified BA Core Curriculum

(51 credit hours)

Required Courses

(30 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I 3
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
PSY 330 Theories of Personality
PSY 350 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 415 Abnormal Psychology 3
9 credit hours of Psychology electives from the following:
PSY 320 Social Psychology
PSY 330 Theories of Personality
PSY 336 Positive Psychology
PSY 340 Psychology of Sport and Exercise
PSY 351 Psychology of Counselling
PSY 379 Psychology of Personal and Interpersonal Dynamics
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
Additional required and elective course to fulfill BA Psychology requirements *  

Cognate Requirement

(3 credit hours)

BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function 3

General Education and Support Courses

(18 credit hours)

Choose six courses from the list below:
These courses help fulfill the MSU General Education Inventory. Any courses not taken at Briercrest must be taken at MSU.

ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology 3
COMM 104 Public Speaking 3
ECON 100 Microeconomics
ECON 101 Macroeconomics 
HIS 210 American History to 1865
HIS 211 American History since 1865
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness 3
MATH 101 Introduction to Finite Mathematics 3
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology I 3
Electives 6


PRT 400 Seenior Portfolio non-credit
SL 1-4 Service and Experiential Learning non-credit

MSU Degree Requirements

(A minimum of 60 credit hours)

Note: Application to the College of Education and Health Sciences will take place in the student's final semester at BCS

Required Core

(44 credit hours)

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  3
SWK 401 Contemporary Issues with Native American Families  
 SWK 402 North American Children & Adolescents  
SWK 426 Social Work Methods II 3
SWK 427 Social Work Methods III 3
SWK 432 Field Education 11
SWK 491 Senior Seminar 3

Required Support Courses

(A minimum of 16 credit hours)

ECON 201 or ECON 202 3
HMS 203 Health Care Through the Life Span 3
POLS 115 American Government 3
PSY 241 Introduction to Statistics 3
PSY 242 Research Methods in Psychology  
PSY 270 Abnormal Psychology  
PSY 344 Dynamics of Addiction 3
SS 283 or SOC 361 3
SWK or other approved elective 3
Physical Science elective 4
The above may need to be supplemented with additional courses to make up for any deficiencies in the General Education Inventory

* Students must complete 39 credit hours of psychology coursework for the BA Psychology degree, including at least 21 c.h. at the 300-400 levels. At least 21 c.h. must be completed at Briercrest; up to 18 c.h. of psychology taken at MSU may be applied to the BA Psychology from Briercrest.

Charles Hackney, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
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Neil Soggie, PhD
Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology
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Ellery Pullman, PhD
Executive Vice-President and Provost, Professor of Psychology and Educational Leadership
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