Social Work B.S.W.
The principal educational objective of the program is to prepare students for entry level social work practice with individuals, families, and small groups within the context of organizations, and the larger community. This includes direct service practice as well as advocacy, policy, administrative, and community practice.
The program provides education for social worker practice while integrating a liberal arts education in the social sciences and humanities. Through their program of study, students develop the values, knowledge, and skills needed to emerge as an entry-level social work practitioner. This work is grounded in the principles of human rights and social justice. Many program graduates go on to pursue a Master's degree in Social Work (M.S.W.), and are qualified for "advanced standing" which reduces the credit hours and time required to complete a M.S.W. at many universities and colleges around the country.
The Social Work Program
The Social Work curriculum is divided into two parts - the pre-professional curriculum and the professional curriculum (beginning in the junior year). Students must meet the pre-requisites for junior level courses in order to join their junior year cohort of social work majors. Students apply for SWSS 173 field experience in the spring of junior year. Application for the field experience requires consultation with the student's advisor to determine that all introductory and intermediate professional and required courses have been successfully completed. The process includes a written statement by the student describing their interests and qualifications, as well as self-reflection related to overarching skills needed for work within agencies and organizations. The advisor and Field Education Coordinator also review professional readiness issues, including strengths, conduct, maturity, and areas to strengthen. When there are concerns about a student's field readiness, these concerns will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Field Committee with the student's participation so that a path forward can be developed.
In the senior year, students spend approximately sixteen hours per week (450 - 500 total hours over 9 months) interning in community agencies or organizations. In the fall semester, students must enroll concurrently in SWSS 168, SWSS 171 an SWSS 173. In the spring semester, students must enroll concurrently in SWSS 169, SWSS 172, and SWSS 174.
Social Work Major Requirements
|UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS|
D1: Race and Racism in the U.S. (SWSS 060)
D2: Diversity of Human Experience (SWSS 147)
|First Year Writing and Information Literacy (FWIL)||3|
Any course with "SU" designation
Any course with "QR" designation
|CESS GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES 1|
ASL, ARTS, HST, PHIL, REL or any language
ASL or any world language
Any PSYS course
Any SOC course
Any course with subject prefix of ANTH, GSWS, HDF, PSYS, SOC or a non-required SWSS
Any course with a CDAE or EC prefix
|Political Science Content||3|
Any course with a POLS prefix
|Global Awareness Content||3|
Any course with a non-Western focus (options listed on the degree audit)
|PROFESSIONAL COURSES 2|
|SWSS 002||Foundations of Social Work||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Working with Refugees|
|Special Topics (Environmental Social Work)|
|SWSS 060||D1:Racism & Contemporary Issue||3|
|SWSS 147||D2: Theories in Social Work I||3|
|SWSS 148||D2: Theories in Social Work II||3|
|SWSS 163||Theory & Integration Prep Sem||3|
|SWSS 164||Intro Social Work Research||3|
|SWSS 165||Iss & Pol in Social Welfare I||3|
|SWSS 166||Iss & Pol in Social Welfare II||3|
|SWSS 168||Social Work Practice I||3|
|SWSS 169||Social Work Practice II||3|
|SWSS 171||Field Experience Seminar I||3|
|SWSS 172||Field Experience Seminar II||3|
|SWSS 173||Field Experience I||6|
|SWSS 174||Field Experience II||6|
Complete all general education requirements with a grade of C- or higher. Courses may fulfill multiple requirements, but credit is only granted once.
Complete all SWSS courses with no more than 2 grades below a "B". Neither of these grades can be below a "C". Students must complete the Social Work courses with a Professional GPA of 3.0 or higher.