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Sociology & Social Work Sub-major

SSW Submajor

The Sociology and Social Work submajor seeks to offer students a substantive and cohesive curriculum relating to issues at the intersection of sociology and social work, including the study of social and economic inequality, the amelioration of unmet human needs, and the empowerment of individuals and communities.

The submajor will prepare students to enter the MSW program at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work, i.e. Sociology majors in the Sociology & Social Work submajor have the option of applying for admission to U-M’s MSW program in their junior year to start taking MSW courses during senior year.

Before declaring the Sociology major with a submajor in Sociology and Social Work, students must complete one pre-requisite course with a C- or better:

- First and second year students should enroll in either SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology: Special Topics

- Third and fourth year students should enroll in either SOC 300 Sociological Principles and Problems or SOC 302 Health and Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Note that students should only take ONE prerequisite course (SOC 100, 102, 300, or 302); no credit will be granted for the second prerequisite course taken (the second course will have a “Not For Credit” designation on the transcript).

The Sociology major with the SSW sub-major requires 33 credits overall, not including the prerequisite course.

View Sociology & Social Work requirements and MSW partnership information HERE.


For students interested in career paths such as:

  • Social Work
  • Grassroots social change
  • Non-profits
  • Community welfare & organizing
  • Counseling and therapy

Classes in the SSW program cover the following topics:

  • Social inequality
  • Politics, power, & social change
  • Sociology of gender
  • Race & ethnicity
  • Social movements
  • Urban inequality
  • Sociology of families