Social Work - Holistic Health Studies

Dual Degree Program: Master of Social Work/Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies

The Master of Social Work/Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies program is a collaborative dual degree program in social work and holistic health studies. The intersectionality of these two programs mirrors the intersectionality of health, showing that everyone, regardless of race, culture, age, economic status, sexaulity, or gender deserves the opportunity to thrive and live a healthy life. Keeping with the social justice mission of St. Catherine University, these two programs propel social justice outside of the classroom into the community through engaging assignments, research, and practicums. Each program provides students with the unique skills and competencies from the fields of Holistic Health and Social Work to empathetically work with diverse populations, honor cultural backgrounds, and communicate effectively with those in need.

Graduate Outcome and Competences

Expected outcomes and competencies for the MSW/MAHS dual degree program are consistent with the outcomes and competencies required for all students who complete the MSW and the MAHS programs separately. Research sequences are offered through both programs.

The dual degree program requires that students meet the disciplinary requirement for both the MSW and MAHS programs.  

Program Progression

Students enroll in the dual degree program from a variety of undergraduate degrees and disciplines.  How students progress in the program depends on whether they have an undergraduate degree in social work (advanced standing) or not (regular standing):

  • Advanced standing students will find the dual degree path to be a rewarding graduate-level addition to their foundational knowledge of social work. Advanced standing students need to complete 63 total credits in order to complete the  dual degree.
  • Regular standing students can have a bachelor’s degree in any field, as long as the prerequisite classes are completed before beginning graduate courses. Regular standing students need to complete 78 total credits.

Students have the option to start in the dual degree program during their initial enrollment at St. Catherine University, or begin in one program and be admitted to the dual degree program after the first semester of enrollment in either program. Once accepted, students will receive advising from the program directors of each program in a collaborative process to ensure proper sequencing of courses and management of appropriate course load.

The dual degree program requires that students meet the disciplinary requirement for both the MSW and MAHS programs, with a completion of the dual degree program within seven years of starting.

Career Possibilities

Students will refine their calling to expand possibilities for health and healing with diverse populations in a wide variety of professional settings.  

The St. Catherine alumni community is a well respected and well connected group of motivated, passionate, and soulful people. Alumni of the dual-degree program can be found working both in the greater twin cities area, the west coast, and the east coast. The unique qualities of the MSW/MAHS dual-degree program prepare students to thrive in settings such as mental health support, medical institutions, and educational settings. Some examples of alumni careers are: holistic health practitioner/educator, equity and inclusion advocate, therapist, clinical social worker for psychiatric emergency services, assistant director of counseling services, and mental health practitioner.

Curriculum

The curriculum listed below demonstrates how a student would complete the MSW/MAHS dual degree program by completing the MSW research sequence.  The curriculum that utilizes the MAHS research sequence can be found in the Holistic Health Studies: MAHS/MSW section of this catalog.

Advanced Standing MSW/MAHS with MSW Research Sequence

Required MAHS Courses
HHS 6700Foundations of Holistic Health and Wellness2
HHS 6720Complementary/Alternative Approaches to Healthcare2
HHS 6730Culture as a Resource in Health and Healing2
HHS 6740Spiritual Wellness2
HHS 6760Ecology and Health2
HHS 6820Movement, Relaxation and Health2
HHS 7500Core Concepts in Mind/Body Interactions2
HHS 7520Women and Holistic Health2
HHS 7710Alternative Approaches to Nutrition2
HHS 8920Practicum and Integrative Seminar2
Additional MAHS electives9
Required MSW Courses
GRSW 5000History and Philosophy of Social Work3
GRSW 6030Methods of Clinical Social Work I3
GRSW 6040Methods of Clinical Social Work II3
GRSW 6070Field Practicum and Seminar III4
GRSW 6080Field Practicum and Seminar IV4
GRSW 6250Social Policy and Program Development3
GRSW 6450Psychopathology and Human Behavior3
GRSW 6500Clinical Supervision and Program Management3
GRSW 6810Social Work Practice Research3
GRSW 6952 Independent Study or HHS 8980 (HHS 8980 by special approval)2
GRSW Elective3
Total Credits63

Regular Standing MSW/MAHS with MSW Research Sequence 

Required MAHS Courses
HHS 6700Foundations of Holistic Health and Wellness2
HHS 6720Complementary/Alternative Approaches to Healthcare2
HHS 6730Culture as a Resource in Health and Healing2
HHS 6740Spiritual Wellness2
HHS 6760Ecology and Health2
HHS 6820Movement, Relaxation and Health2
HHS 7500Core Concepts in Mind/Body Interactions2
HHS 7520Women and Holistic Health2
HHS 7710Alternative Approaches to Nutrition2
HHS 8920Practicum and Integrative Seminar2
Additional MAHS electives8
Required MSW Courses
GRSW 5000History and Philosophy of Social Work3
GRSW 5010Theory and Practice of Social Work I3
GRSW 5020Theory and Practice of Social Work II3
GRSW 5050Field Practicum and Seminar I3
GRSW 5060Field Practicum and Seminar II3
GRSW 5400Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
GRSW 5800Social Work Research Methods3
GRSW 6030Methods of Clinical Social Work I3
GRSW 6040Methods of Clinical Social Work II3
GRSW 6070Field Practicum and Seminar III4
GRSW 6080Field Practicum and Seminar IV4
GRSW 6250Social Policy and Program Development3
GRSW 6450Psychopathology and Human Behavior3
GRSW 6500Clinical Supervision and Program Management3
GRSW 6810Social Work Practice Research3
GRSW Clinical3
Total Credits78