Academics

Social Work Curriculum

The Department of Social Work is designed to prepare students for entry level social work positions as generalist social work practitioners as well as make them ready for graduate programs. The social work curriculum includes one hundred twenty (120) semester credit hours of course work and field practicum. The curriculum consists of two components: the pre-professional requirements, scheduled generally in the freshman and sophomore years; and the professional courses, completed in the junior and senior years of study.


The pre-professional curriculum consists of forty-four (44) hours of general education core requirements. The professional curriculum consists of seventy-six (76) semester credit hours in eight basic social work curricular content areas: Social Work Values and Ethics; Diversity; Social and Economic Justice; Populations at- Risk; Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Social Welfare Policy and Services; Social Work Practice; and Research. The Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

 

Admission Requirements

       
    1. Declaration of social work as a major,

    2. Completion of forty-four (44) credit hours in the general core curriculum;

    3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a scale of 4.00;

    4. Completion of SW 230 Introduction to Social Work;

    5. Demonstration of an interest in and an aptitude for a career in social work;

    6. Submission of social work admission application with a personal statement of goals, two reference letters and completion of a successful interview with the social work admission committee.

    7. Background Check

    8. TB Test for Internship

Graduation Requirements

A student pursuing a degree in the Social Work Curriculum must be accepted into the department social work; complete all major courses with a grade of C or better; meet the requirements of the Department of Social Work, and pass the Social Work Comprehensive Examination, and Social Work Internship. Students are encouraged to follow the sequential arrangement of the curriculum for a major in social work. Consequently, students are strongly encouraged to remain in close contact with their departmental program advisor. The minimum number of hours required for graduation for a Bachelor of Social Work degree is 120 credit hours. 

(Curriculum Total: 120 Credit Hours) 

Freshman Year (30)
First Semester
Credit Hours
  Second Semester
Credit Hours
EN 111
Composition
3
EN 112
Composition
3
BI 111
General Biology
3
BI 113
Intro to Environmental Biology
4
GT 101
American Government

GT 102
American Government
3
MA 121
College Algebra  
3
AR 214
Art Appreciation
3
PE 101
Physical Education  ...or...
1
  PE 201
Physical Education ...or...
1
MS 111
Military Science
1   MS 112
Military Science
1
UL 101
University Life
1   CS 100
Info. Tech. Proficiency
3
ND 101
Health and Wellness
1        
Total
  15   Total    15
 
Sophomore  Year (30)
EN 213
Studies in Literature
3
  SP 112
Elementary Spanish
3
SP 111
Elementary Spanish
3   SY 235
General Sociology
3
SW 230 Intro to Social Work
3   EC 202
Principles of Economics II
3
HI 225
U.S. History
3
  SW 302
Basic Issues in Mental Health
3
SA 223
Oral Communications
3    --- Elective 3
Total   15
  Total
  15
 
 Junior Year (33)
SW 375
Research Methods in Social Work 
3   SW 408
Marriage and the Family
3
SW 351 Social Work Practice I
3   SW 352
Social Work Practice II
3
SW 365
Cultural Diversity 3   SW 405
Social Welfare Policy and Services
3
SW 319
Human Behavior
3   SW 320
Human Behavior II
3
SS 307
Statistics 3   SW 362
Skills in Interviewing
3
Total   15   Total   15
             
 Senior Year (30)
SW 346
Social Work and the Aging
3   SW 448
Special Topics in SW
3
SW 429
Social Work Practice with Black Families
3   SW 475
SW Filed Seminar
3
SW 348
Child Welfare
3   SW 473
Social Work Internship
6
SW 412
Case Management
3    --- Elective
3
---
Elective
3        
Total
  15   Total   15
             
Suggested Electives
SW 349
Child Welfare Worker and the Court
  SW 419
Social Work in Corrections
SY 301
Rural Sociology
  SW 409  
Mental Health Seminar
         

SW 367

Drugs, Alcohol, and Society   SW 360   Community Social Work Practice
PH 417
Abnormal Psychology