Faculty: Alison H. Climo (Program Coordinator), Lucy Lawrence (Field Coordinator)
The Social Work major, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (Baccalaureate Level), is designed to prepare students for generalist entry-level professional practice in the field of social work. It prepares students for beginning social work practice in various settings and among varied populations. Work settings in which baccalaureate-degreed social workers might work include nursing homes, hospitals, outpatient medical services, child and family welfare services, mental/developmental disability services, vocational rehabilitation services, domestic violence programs, homeless shelters, criminal justice settings, schools, substance abuse programs, and residential treatment programs.
The major can also be useful as a background for students interested in other service-related fields, such as public health, recreation, city planning, and public administration, or as a foundation for graduate study in social work or other areas of human service, or both. Many graduate schools of social work grant as much as one year of credit ("advanced standing status") to graduates from an accredited undergraduate program, enabling completion of the Master of Social Work degree in one year rather than the usual two years. Copies of the Social Work Program manual, which includes the CSWE Curriculum Policy Statement, are available from the department.
Course Requirements: A minimum grade of C- is required in all courses counting toward the major. The major consists of the following 58 credits:
I. Social Work Liberal Arts Perspective.
II. Social Work Practice Perspective: Focuses on the development of professional social work knowledge and skills.
PSY 231 Research Methods in Social Science
SOW 201 Introduction to Social Work
SOW 202 Skills of Helping Others
SOW 210 History of Social Work and Social Welfare
SOW 305 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: The Life Course
SOW 306 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Social Contexts
SOW 310 Social Welfare Policy and Services
SOW 320 Social Work Practice I: Individuals, Families, and Small Groups
SOW 420 Social Work Practice II: Organizations, Communities, and Large Groups
III. Field Instruction: Semester-long block field placement and corresponding field seminar.