BSW Cognate Requirements

Every Social Work major at SCSU is required to take 6 Cognate classes or complete the requirements for any minor at the University. Both options require 6 classes/18 credits. If a student chooses the Cognate option, they must pick 6 courses from this list of accepted Social Work Cognate classes:

  • Any Sociology class (SOC) (including SOC0*, SOC Transfer Electives)
  • Any Anthropology class (ANT)
  • Any Psychology class (PSY) (including PSY0*, PSY Transfer Electives)
  • Any Women’s Studies class (WMS)
  • Any Public Health Class (PCH)
  • Any DAR Classes (except DAR 251 and DAR 252)

Any class from this list:

Course Number Course Name
COM 150 World of Communication
COM 210 Human Communication
COM 225 Interpersonal Communication
COM 300 Organizational Communication
COM 302 Relational Communication
COM 370 Interpersonal Conflict and Communication
COM 375 Family Communication
COM 387 Communication Theory
COM 410 Crisis and Communication
COM 440 Cultural Influences on Communication
ENG 317 Cross-cultural Literatures & Contexts
ENG 383 American Women Writers
ENG 423 Contemp. African-American Novelists
ENG 462 Gay and Lesbian Film and Literature
EXC 380 Sports Psychology
GEO 200 Human Geography
GEO 305 Environmental Economic Geography
GEO 405 Environmental Justice
HON 494 Honors Thesis Proposal
HON 495 Honors Thesis
JRN 240 Race and the News
LIT 382 Contemp. Latin American Lit.
MGT 418 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
PHI 220 Ethics: Know Thyself
PHI 242 Death and the Meaning of Life
PHI 325 Bio-Medical Ethics
PHI 327 Moral Problems in the Law
PHI 207 Religious Dimensions of Human Experience
PHI 310 Women and Philosophy
PSC 150 Thinking about Politics
PSC 200 Political Change and Conflict
PSC 214 Everyday Politics of Speaking
REC 311 Introduction to Child Life Therapy
REC 312 Therapeutic Play
REC 307 Disabilities in Society
REC 390 Grant Writing
SED 225 Intro to Exceptionalities
SED 235 Early Child Special Ed for the Exceptional Individual
SED 481 Teaching Exceptional Students (Elementary)
SED 482 Teaching Exceptional Students (Secondary)
SED 498 Global Studies in Special Ed (Guatemala)
SHE 301 Drug Education
SHE 302 Mental Health Education


*** Note: Some cognates have pre-requisite requirements that need to be met prior to enrolling in the course. Additional courses may be selected with the approval of the advisor.