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 320 Social Psychology
PSY 330 Theories of Personality
PSY 350 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 430 Abnormal Psychology 3
Psychology Electives 9
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
Electives 6


PRT 400 Senior 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 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
ENGL 315 Professional and Technical Writing 3
HMS 203 Health Care Through the Life Span 3
POLS 115 American Government 3
PSY 241 Introduction to Statistics 3
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.

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Charles Hackney, PhD
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Charles Hackney.jpgDr. Hackney and his family have lived in Caronport since January 2010, and he has found that coming from Fairbanks, Alaska has equipped him well for the task of living in the Middle of Nowhere. He is fond of Shakespearean theatre, having performed in a number of productions. He is also a martial arts instructor with the Caronport Bartitsu Society.

Ellery Pullman, PhD
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Ellery Pullman.jpgDr. Pullman has been at Briercrest College and Seminary for over 30 years! He is married to Marlene and has three daughters and two sons-in-law. He holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from Talbot Graduate School and a PhD in Educational Leadership from BIOLA University. He has been involved in a number of administrative and teaching roles at BCS and currently teaches full-time in the areas of developmental psychology, counselling, and educational studies. He is a past president of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. He has also participated in a number of church and camping ministries in both Canada and the United States.

Dr. Pullman has been involved with public education at both the local and provincial levels. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan.