Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08Go to the current College Catalog
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:
- To prepare practitioners for baccalaureate level generalist social work practice with diverse populations and multigenerational client systems of various sizes and types.
- To prepare individuals to live in a global society committed to personal growth and contributing to the common good.
- To foster the development of values and ethics related to the NASW Code of Ethics that guide professional social workers in their practice.
- To prepare practitioners with a commitment to continuing their professional growth and development as a component of social work practice.
- 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:
- Multigenerational Practice As the population ages, multiple generations co-exist as never before. Social workers today need to be skilled and knowledgeable about multigenerational needs, issues, and opportunities. Whether they work with children, teens, the elderly, communities, or social policies, social workers are bound to work with multiple generations at once. This particular area of focus is supported by the CSWE Gero-Ed Curriculum Development Institute, of which the Warren Wilson College Social Work Program is a participant (2005-2007).
- International/Global Perspective As the world becomes more and more globalized it is essential for social workers to approach their work with a global perspective. As students prepare for their profession, the development of understanding global interdependence will aid them in working with client systems, whether domestically or abroad.
- Environmental Sustainability As the state of the physical and natural environments has become more urgent, social work can no longer afford to ignore the effects of environmental degradation on people and communities, as well as the relationship between social and environmental justice. Social workers today must be skilled and knowledgeable about our physical and natural surroundings as much as our social environments.
- Information Literacy Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. Effective social work practice today requires social workers to be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Furthermore, social workers today must also understand many of the ethical, legal and socio-economic issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally. (http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlstandards/informationliteracycompetency.htm)
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