Course Descriptions



SW 230 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK                                                       3-0-3

This is an introductory course dealing with a systematic survey of the historical development of Social Work from “charity” to definite principles and theories. Special attention is given to the diverse functions, processes, and aspects of Social Work and work. The course also includes an exploration into the types of resources and services which the community provides for the social welfare of its citizens.

SW 302 BASIC ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH                                                     3-0-3

This course examines basic issues in the mental health service delivery system. Emphasis is placed on client rights, mental health laws, goals of mental health systems, and areas of specialization.


This course provides the student with current research and knowledge of relationships among human biological, social, psychological, and cultural systems as they affect or are affected by human interactions. This course uses the person-in-environment focus as it explores relevant issues in life-span development.


This course is a continuation of SW 319 and focuses on Macro level theories. Pre-requisite: SW 319.

SW 346 SOCIAL WORK AND THE AGING                                                          3-0-3

A systematic presentation of the field concerning the demographic, health, and cultural factors in aging. This course will examine social adjustments of individuals in later stages of the life cycle, including family and associational relationships; the impact of aging in social, economic, and political structures of society; and political measures to promote and support the health and well-being of the senior citizen. Pre-requisite: SW 230 or SY 235.

SW 348 CHILD WELFARE                                                                                  3-0-3

This course explores the history and current development in programs for meeting the needs of children and their families. Careful attention is given to supportive, supplemental, and substitute child welfare programs. Included among the topics explored are child abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption, institutional care, income maintenance and children with disabilities. Pre-requisite: SW 230, SY 235 or PH 132 consent of instructor for non-majors.

SW 349 Child WELFARE WORKER AND THE COURT                                   3-0-3

This course focuses on child welfare practices and the legal/court system. It examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services workers and provides a basis for understanding court processes most relevant to cases of child maltreatment. This course will introduce students to the basic stages of the Child Protective Services (CPS) process and the steps necessary to accomplish each stage from intake to case closure. This course will emphasize the vital role that the courts play in making decisions regarding the protection of children who have been maltreated. Prerequisite: SW 230 or SY 235.

SW 351 METHODS OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I                                        3-0-3

This course focuses on problem solving techniques and strategies in case work, group work, and community organization. Special emphasis is on intervention skills essential for Social Work practice at the micro and mezzo levels. Pre-requisite: SW 230 or, for non-majors, consent of instructor.

SW 352 METHODS OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II                                        3-0-3

This course is a continuation of SW 351. The emphasis is on Social Work practice at the mezzo and macro levels.Pre-requisite: SW 351.

SW 360 COMMUNITY SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE                                              3-0-3

Introduces students to basic knowledge and skills for stimulating and assisting communities to evaluate, plan, and coordinate its efforts to provide for its health, welfare, and recreational needs.Special emphasis will be placed on the problem solving model for addressing community problems.Prerequisite: SW 230 or SY 235.

SW 362 SKILLS IN INTERVIEWING                                                                        3-0-3

This course provides an overview of basic helping skills in facilitating client change in a multicultural context. Major emphasis is placed on interviewing and counseling skills essential to developing relationships and facilitating change. Prerequisite: SW 230 and SW 351.

SW 365 CULTURAL DIVERSITY: THEORY AND PRACTICE                            3-0-3

This course prepares students to understand and appreciate client cultural systems, the nature of cultural identity, group membership access to resources, strategies to combat discrimination, oppression and economic deprivation and to promote social and economic justice. The focus of the course is to present human diversity and population-at-risk content for the academic curriculum at the undergraduate level of social work.The course will examine a number of socio-identities: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, abilities, and age and the potential these identities may have on social work practice.

SW 367 DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND SOCIETY                                                         3-0-3

This course intends to explore in-depth some aspects of the abuse and misuse of alcohol and the drugs in our society with special emphasis on prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. Prerequisite: SW 230 or SY 235.

SW 375 RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK                                              3-0-3

 This course is designed to introduce students to Social Work values, the research process, problem formulation and conceptualization, measurement, researchdesign and inference, single subject design and practice evaluation, sampling,alternative data gathering techniques and analyses, and uses of research in social work.Prerequisite: SW 230 or SY 235.

SW 405 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SERVICES                                         3-0-3

This is a policy course which introduces students to basic problems of economic security and social welfare in our society with special reference to low-income, and cultural and racial minorities. The principles, legal frameworks, and the effects of present social welfare income maintenance programs are examined. Pre-requisite: SW 230, junior status.

SW 408 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY                                                               3-0- 3

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the origin, foundations and functions of marriage and the family, as well as insights into significant factors influencing the processes and trends in courtship, companionship, marriage and family patterns. Prerequisite: SW 230 or SY 235.

SW 409 MENTAL HEALTH SEMINAR                                                                     3-0-3

This course is an interdisciplinary seminar on mental health. It is designed to prepare students for entry level professional practice by providing a knowledge base for working with the mentally ill. Attention is given to analysis of theories, methods, and techniques for practice. Also, addressed are contemporary mental health issues and professional ethics. Prerequisite: SW 230
or SY 235.

SW 412 CASE MANAGEMENT                                                                                  3-0-3

This course introduces students to skills and techniques of developing, implementing, and monitoring a social service plan to meet the need of various client populations. Pre-requisite: Either of the following: completion of SW 352, or current enrollment in SW 473, or consent of instructor for non-majors.

SW 419 SOCIAL WORK IN CORRECTIONS                                                           3-0-3

This course is designed to prepare social work students for practice in the criminal justice system. The course presents an overview of the criminal justice system while exploring the network of systems which comprise it. Course content includes discussions on the four key areas of criminal justice social work practice -law enforcement, courts, corrections, and legislation. Prerequisite: SW 230 or SY 235.

SW 429 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH BLACK FAMILIES                           3-0-3

The Family is a general introduction to marriage and family life, with special emphasis on the United States. The course analyzes the emerging forms and functions of contemporary family life. Special emphasis is placed on theory and research related to various topics on social work practice, including the meaning of marriage and family, intimate relationships, family life and family challenges and strengths. Prerequisite: SW 230 or SY 235.

SW 448 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL WORK                                                       3-0-3

This course is designed to offer the student additional opportunities, through directed readings, to pursue specific aspects of study beyond what is offered in a regular course, and to provide flexibility in the curriculum for meeting individual student interests ( It analyzes issues and application principles in various areas of human services). Prerequisite: SW 230, SY 235, or consent of Instructor for non- majors.

SW 473 SOCIAL WORK INTERNSHIP                                                                       6-0-6

This is a field placement course for students majoring in Social Work. The student who enrolls in this class must have completed all General College requirements, as well as departmental SW requirements through the first semester of their senior year per catalog. The student must submit an application for internship one semester in advance. This is a thirty-two (32) hour per week placement. The total number of hours to be accumulated for the internship is 400 hours. The student must provide his/her own transportation and liability insurance (if required). Pre-requisite: Senior Social Work majors only.

SW 475 SOCIAL WORK FIELD PRACTICE SEMINAR                                              3-0-3

SW 475 is taken concurrently with SW 473 Social Work Internship. SW 475, Field Practice Seminar provides a forum for the discussion of the integration of the BSW foundation courses into the students’ practice are in the field. The generalist Social Work practice perspective is used to analyze clients’ problems and situations. Differential methods of intervention based on clients’ needs, in systems of all sizes, and with populations at risk are discussed. From the ecosystems perspective, the integration of Social Work values, ethics, theory, policy, and research into Social Work practice is discussed. Working in a rural environment with culturally diverse populations receives particular consideration.

SS 307 STATISTICAL METHODS                                                                                 3-0-3

This course is designed to provide students with the basic statistical techniques and methods commonly demanded of college graduates in today’s job markets and in the first year of advanced studies. Topics include: data organization, processing and presentation; techniques of quantifying information, scaling & indexing; analytical methods of central tendency & dispersion; various distributions, their major properties & applications; regression and correlation analysis; and methods of hypothesis testing.