Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Social Work

Faculty: Alison H. Climo, Miriam L. Freeman (Interim Program Director), Lucy Lawrence (Director of Field Education)

The Social Work major is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The mission of the Social Work Program is to provide students preparation for beginning-level entry into the profession of social work through an undergraduate generalist social work education that is educationally sound, academically challenging, ethically principled, and socially relevant, and which is solidly framed by the triad experience of service, work, and education in the liberal arts.

The goals of the Warren Wilson College Social Work Program are as follows:

  1. To prepare practitioners for baccalaureate level generalist social work practice with diverse populations and multigenerational client systems of various sizes and types.
  2. To prepare individuals to live in a global society committed to personal growth and contributing to the common good.
  3. To foster the development of values and ethics related to the NASW Code of Ethics that guide professional social workers in their practice.
  4. To prepare practitioners with a commitment to continuing their professional growth and development as a component of social work practice.
  5. To prepare practitioners to practice effectively in the global, political, social, cultural, economic, technological, and spiritual environments of the 21st century.

The Warren Wilson College Social Work Program offers four areas of focus, which are reflected in the Program Objectives and are infused throughout the curriculum. The four areas are as follows:

The major can be useful for students wishing to pursue careers or graduate work in social work or for students interested in other service-related fields, such as public health, recreation, city planning, public administration, or policy development and analysis.

Major in Social Work

Course Requirements: A minimum grade of C is required in all courses counting toward the major and students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5. The major consists of the following 58 credits:

I. Social Work Liberal Arts Perspective.

BIO 109 Human Biology
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
All other General Education Requirements

II. Social Work Practice Perspective: Focuses on the development of professional social work knowledge and skills.

PSY 231 Research Methods in Social Science
SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work
SWK 202 Skills of Helping Others
SWK 210 History of Social Work and Social Welfare
SWK 305 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: The Life Course
SWK 306 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Social Contexts
SWK 310 Social Welfare Policy and Services
SWK 320 Social Work Practice I: Individuals, Families, and Small Groups
SWK 420 Social Work Practice II: Organizations, Communities, and Large Groups

III. Field Education: Semester-long block field placement and corresponding field seminar.

SWK 425 Orientation to Field Education
SWK 430 Field Education
SWK 435 Field Education Seminar