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Health and human Services BA - Child and Family Studies Concentration/MSW

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Why study Health and human Services BA - Child and Family Studies Concentration/MSW at UB?

The Health and Human Services BA – Child and Family Studies concentration and the Graduate School of Social Work offer a five-year program leading to the combined bachelor of arts/masters of social work (BA/MSW) degree. In this this unique program students take undergraduate and graduate coursework leading to the BA/MSW degree. Only Health and Human Services-Child and Family Studies majors with junior standing, who have met the minimum admission requirements, are eligible to apply to this competitive program.

Child and Family Studies is one of three concentrations in the Health and Human Services major. It is designed for students with an interest in child development, the social and educational institutions that influence children and families, and the treatments and interventions associated with childhood issues. While in this major, students will examine various social problems, the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities, and the professions and professionals providing services. The curriculum incorporates introductory social science, statistics and research methods, human biology, ethics and specialized courses developed for the Child and Family Studies concentration.

The Health and Human Services-Child and Family Studies undergraduate major is administered by the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs located in 203 Clemens Hall on the North Campus. More information on the undergraduate portion of the BA/MSW may be obtained through their offices.

For information on the graduate (MSW) portion of the degree, please visit the Graduate School of Social Work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have the ability to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human service intervention.
  • Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
  • Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
  • Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
  • Develop personal characteristics and professional skills-e.g., interview, presentation, writing-necessary for success in HS positions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent agencies and services, early childhood development, language development, educational research and practice, family structure/functions, and childhood interventions. 

For information on the skills and competencies required for certification and acquired through completion of this combined degree please see the Graduate School of Social Work webpage.

The Learning Environment

The undergraduate Health and Human Services BA – Child and Family Studies concentration is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. 

Courses in the major are taught in both large lecture and small seminar course formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 40-450 students per class. Intermediate and advanced courses typically enroll 40 to 250 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The Health and Human Services BA – Child and Family Studies concentration is housed with the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. They may be reached at (716) 645-2245 or sscidp@buffalo.edu. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled spaces throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program's teaching philosophies.

The Graduate School of Social Work may be found in 685 Baldy Hall, just two buildings away from Clemens Hall.

About Our Faculty

Students in Health and Human Services- Child and Family Studies take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences and university, allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments such as psychology, sociology, biology, anthropology and global gender studies. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants. 

In addition the major has several adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields as well as one full-time clinical assistant professor.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program's department website for additional information about our faculty.

For information on the faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work, their research interests and areas of teaching please visit the School of Social Work department website.

Career Outlook

Please visit the Department of Social Work's Career Resources webpage for information on alumni of the Graduate School of Social Work, placement services, and job outlook.

Academic Advising

Advisement for the undergraduate portion of the degree is coordinated through the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program’s (SSC) office in 203 Clemens Hall. SSC provides advisement on major and university requirements while a student is an undergraduate. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

Once a student is admitted to the Graduate School of Social Work all advisement is coordinated through that office.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program's office at (716) 645-2245 to make an appointment with an advisor for undergraduate advisement.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

For information on funding your graduate education please visit the School of Social Work's Funding Your Education webpage.

Associated Programs

 
Published: Jul 15, 2021 08:27:03