Social Work

Social Work (SWK) Courses of Study

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Program Overview

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 Social Work Program are the following:

  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 three areas of focus, which are reflected in the Program Objectives and are infused throughout the curriculum. The three 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.

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 understanding of global interdependence will aid them in working with client systems, whether domestically or abroad. The Social Work Program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange, which supports this area of focus.

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 or 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.

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, and/or policy development and analysis.
Major in Social Work

Grades: Students must pass courses at a grade of C or better to count toward fulfillment of the major. Students must also maintain an overall GPA of 2.5.

Total Credit Hours: The social work major consists of the following 58 credit hours:

  1. Social Work Liberal Arts Perspective:
    1. BIO 109: Human Biology
    2. PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology


    4. SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
  2. Social Work Practice Perspective: Focuses on the development of professional social work knowledge, skills and values
    1. PSY 231: Research Methods in Social Science
    2. SWK 201: Introduction to Social Work
    3. SWK 202: Skills of Helping Others
    4. SWK 210: History of Social Work and Social Welfare
    5. SWK 305: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: The Life Course
    6. SWK 306: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Social Contexts
    7. SWK 310: Social Welfare Policy and Services
    8. SWK 320: Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families
    9. SWK 420: Social Work Practice II: Groups, Organizations and Communities
  3. Field Education: Semester-long block field placement and corresponding field seminar
    1. SWK 425: Orientation to Field Education
    2. SWK 430: Field Education
    3. SWK 435: Field Education Seminar