BA/BSW – MSU partnership

Social Work

Get the training you need to serve as a social worker.

This program is a great option for students who want to help individuals, families, groups, and communities in need through social work.

Study in a partnership degree that sets you apart. Begin at Briercrest, where you’ll gain a spiritual and academic foundation before transferring to Minot State to specialize in your field. Graduate with a BA in Psychology from Briercrest and a Bachelor of Social Work from MSU.

Apply now to begin your BA/Bachelor of Social Work.

Get 2 degrees in 5 years

Benefit from Briercrest's partnership with Minot State University, which gives students a direct pathway to two Bachelor's degrees. Graduate with both a BA Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work.

Pathway to Social Work

Through this partnership program and a full-time practicum, students graduate with the skills and experience they need to begin an entry-level job in the field of Social Work.

Prepare to care

Grow in competency and compassion as you prepare for your career. This partnership offers the spiritual, psychological, and practical training needed for a career in social work.

Bree Wark ('17)

The value in taking the dual degree program from Briercrest is that you get to experience two different communities, both of which are incredibly inclusive and challenge you spiritually, socially, and academically.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

In partnership with
Minot State University

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

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.

Your Future

Possible Careers
  • Child/family/school social worker
  • Clinical social worker
  • Correctional treatment specialist
  • Marriage/family therapist
  • Mental health social worker
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Rehabilitation specialist/counsellor

Career Centre

Potential Graduate Programs
  • MA Marriage and Family Therapy at Briercrest Seminary
  • Master of Counselling at Briercrest Seminary
  • MSc Speech-Language Pathology
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Doctorate in Social and Personality Psychology
  • Master of Educational Psychology
  • Master of Social Work

Briercrest Seminary

All of my professors really know the Bible and have had a huge impact on my life by showing me how to humbly engage the text and let it have weight on my soul.
Jeremy Holsworth