Academics

Social Work Degree Requirements

            The department of Social Work is designed to prepare students for entry level social work positions as generalist social work practioners and 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-professonal requirements, scheduled generally in the freshman and sophomore years; and the professional courses, completed in the junior and senior years of study. 

            The general core curriculum consists of forty-four (44) hours of general education core requirements. The major course requirements 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 Social Work Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience . The Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

 

         Additionally, students pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work degree must be accepted into the Social Work program; complete all major courses with a grade of C or better; complete a 400 hour Social Work Internship and pass the Social Work Comprehensive Examination.  Consequently, students are strongly encouraged to remain in close contact with their departmental program advisor and follow the programs degree plan.  The minimum number of credit hours required for a Bachelor of Social Work degree is 120 credit hours.

Bachelor of Social Work Degree Course Requirements 

 120 hours

Freshman Year 

First Semester Second Semester

Courses

Credits

Courses

Credit

BI 111-General Biology

3

BI 113-Intro. to Environmental Biology

3

EN 111-Composition I

3

BI 113L-Intro. to Environmental Biology Lab

3

GT 101-American Government

3

CS 100-Introduction to Computer

1

MA 121-College Algebra

3

EN 112-Composition II

3

PE 101-Physical Education or

MS 101-Fundamental of Leadership & Management I

1

HI 112-World Civilization II

1

UL 101-University Life

1

ND 101-Health & Wellness

1

   

PE 201-Physical Education or

MS 102-Fundamental of Leadership & Management II

1

   

AR 214-Art Appreciation

3

TOTAL

14

TOTAL

16

Sophomore

First Semester Second Semester

Courses

Credits

Courses

Credit

EN 213-Studies in Literature

3

EC 202-Principles of Economics II

3

HI 226 United States History II

3

SP 112-Spanish II

3

SA 223-Oral Communication

3

SW 302-Basic Issues in Mental Health

1

SP 111-Spanish I

3

SY 235-General Sociology

3

SW 230-Inroduction to Social Work

3

Elective

3

TOTAL

14

TOTAL

16

Junior

First Semester Second Semester

Courses

Credits

Courses

Credit

SS 307-Statistical Methods

3

SW 320-Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3

SW 319-Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3

SW 352-Social Work Practice II

3

SW 351-Social Work Practice I

3

SW 362-Skills in Interviewing

3

SW 365-Cultural Diversity

3

SW 405-Social Welfare Policy & Service

3

SW 375-Research Methods of Social Work

3

SW 408-Marriage and The Family

3

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

15

Senior

First Semester Second Semester

Courses

Credits

Courses

Credit

SW 346-Social Work for the Aging

3

SW 448-Special Topic in Social Work

3

SW 348-Child Welfare

3

SW 473-Social Work Internship

6

SW 360-Community Social Work Practice

3

SW 475-Social Work Field Practice Seminar

3

SW 397-Ethics and the Social Work Profession

3

Social Work Comprehensive Exit Examination

 

SW 412-Case Management

3

   

Elective

3

   

TOTAL

18

TOTAL

12

Suggested Electives

In addition to offering the required Social Work courses, the department also offers several elective social science/psychology courses. These courses are designed to meet the needs of both students and the community .

Courses

Credits

Courses

Credit

SW 349 Child Welfare Worker and the Court

3

SW 367 Drugs, Alcohol and Society

3

SW 409 Mental Health Seminar

3

SW 429 Social Practice w/Black Family

3

SW 419 Social Work in Corrections

3

PH 471 Abnormal Psychology

3

SY 301 Rural Sociology