University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Letter in Social Welfare/Social Work

The Sociology Department offers a letter in Social Welfare/Social Work to students interested in studies leading to graduate work in social work or social policy, or preparation for employment in social welfare programs or social work agencies upon graduation.

Please visit the Sociology Undergraduate Office in Thompson 712 to enroll and obtain additional information. Upon receipt of evidence from the Undergraduate Registrar of satisfactory completion of the required work, the Chair of the Sociology Department will issue a letter of accomplishment to the student after their graduation. A copy of this letter will be kept in the Sociology Department's file for two years.


Students must take six (6) of the following social welfare/social work courses:

244 Sociology of Immigration
328 Introduction to Social Work
340 Race Relations
341 Social Welfare
383 Gender and Society
442 Sociology of Medicine
481 Sociology of Mental Health

Political Science
181 Controversies in Public Policy
214 Urban Government and Politics
220 Public Administration
280 Public Policy
380 Social Welfare Policy
381 Heath, Education and Arts Policy

350 Child Psychology
355 Adolescent Psychology
360 Social Psychology
365 Psychology of Aging
370 Personality
380 Abnormal Psychology

Two (2) of these courses must be Sociology courses.
One (1) course must be a Political Science course.
One (1) course must be a Psychology course.
The remaining two (2) courses may be any from the list above.

Contact the Undergraduate Advising Office (, 545-4056, Thompson 722) or the Undergraduate Program Office Manager, Juliet Carvajal (545-4059, Thompson 712) to formally sign-up for the letter.


Department of Sociology • Thompson Hall • University of Massachusetts–Amherst, MA 01003