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Social Work

  • feeding midtownSocial work attracts a special breed of individuals. It’s not a job as much as it’s a calling—one that impacts peoples’ lives powerfully.

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    Professor McMillan received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1974 and her Master of Social Work degree in 1976, both from Wayne State University. She has been a full-time Marygrove social work faculty member since 1993. She also teaches in the Master of Social Justice Program. As administrator, client/ community advocate and practitioner, she has experience in mental health, child welfare, substance abuse, and public policy.

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FOR INFORMATION contact
Jann L. Hoge, PhD, MA, MSW, ACSW
Madame Cadillac Building, Room 339
Direct: (313) 927-1473
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Administrative Assistant
Kimberly Henderson
Madame Cadillac Building, Room 345
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PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
Social Work Minor
Gerontology Minor
Certificate in Child Welfare
Certificate in Gerontology

FACULTY/STAFF
Diana Clark, MSW, LMSW
Debra Hanselman, MSW, LMSW, CAADC
Jann Hoge, PhD, MA, MSW, ACSW
Kalimah Johnson, MSW, LMSW, ACSW
Diane McMillan, MSW, LMSW, ACSW
Leona Mickles-Burns, PhD, MSW, LMSW, ACSW
Dorothy Seebaldt, MA, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Social Work Overview

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Adoption Specialist • Case Manager • Child Care Worker • Child Protection Worker • Community Organizer • Domestic Violence Counselor • Employee Assistance Counselor • Family Court Officer • Family Services Worker • Foster Care Worker • Foster Home Developer • Geriatric Services Worker • Group Home Supervisor • Group Leader • Home Health Care Provider • Independent Living Worker • Intake Worker • Legal Aid Worker • Occupational Social Worker • Mental Health Worker • Patient Advocate • Policy Analyst • Probation Officer • Program Evaluator • Program Supervisor • Recipient Rights Investigator • Research Associate • Resource & Referral Specialist • Residential Counselor • Sexual Abuse Counselor • Social Service Coordinator • Street Outreach Worker • Substance Abuse Counselor • Youth Treatment Specialist

GENERAL INFORMATION

Marygrove College offers a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The B.S.W. program is designed to prepare students for ethically-guided, general­ist social work practice at the entry level of professional employment and for graduate professional education. Satisfactory completion of our undergraduate curriculum means that you would be eligible for up to one year advanced standing in Master of Social Work degree programs. With some post-degree work experience, you can be licensed as a social worker in the State of Michigan.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION

The Social Work Degree Program

The social work curriculum is based on the premise that as a social worker you need a well-integrated program of liberal arts courses, professional foundation courses, and professional core courses. The curriculum is, therefore, interdisciplinary in nature.  It includes 46 credit hours in social work core courses and 30 credit hours in professionally related courses in the social sciences, biology and philosophy.  Because of its interdisciplinary nature, no minor is required.

If you are entering Marygrove as a first year student, then the program of study leading to the B.S.W. degree generally consists of a minimum of four years of full-time study. If you already have an associate’s degree or are transferring into Marygrove with junior standing, you can generally complete all requirements for the B.S.W. degree in two and a half years of full-time study.  Transfer guides for area community colleges can be found at: http://socialwork.marygrove.edu.

It is not mandatory that you attend the College full-time to pursue the B.S.W. degree. Part-time students are also welcomed.  This degree program can be completed during day and/or evening hours.

The professional core courses are concentrated in the junior and senior years. Therefore, you are advised to complete general education requirements before your junior year, or as soon as possible.

In accordance with CSWE’s Accreditation Standard 3.2.5 for baccalaureate social work programs, the Marygrove BSW program has “a written policy indicating that it does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.”

Social Work Advisor and Student Handbook

After admission to the College, you will be assigned a social work faculty advisor who will help you plan your academic career at Marygrove and consider the many professional social work career possibilities. Your advisor will provide you with a Social Work Department Student Handbook. This includes general information about the social work profession, and specific information regarding the Marygrove BSW program’s mission, goals and objectives, together with its policies and procedures. It is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor every semester in order to help ensure that you are taking the courses you need and in the required order.  Your academic advisor will be an important resource to you.

Admission to the B.S.W. Degree Program

After you are admitted to the College, your advisor will explain the self-assessment, application and screening process required of you in order to be granted formal admission to the B.S.W. degree program. This process starts with your enrollment in one or more introductory social work courses, which you should elect as soon as you complete all prerequisites to the course(s). In these courses, you will assess your aptitude for, and clarify your interest in social work.

You will be ready to submit an application for formal admission to the social work program once you have:

  •    decided that you want to attain the B.S.W. degree, and declared Social Work as your major
  •    achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of   2.3 (C+)
  •    completed SW 312 with a grade of C or better
  •    demonstrated successful progress in SW 314.
  •    have been admitted to the Social Work Program
  •    have completed SW 325 with a grade of “C” or higher
  •    attend a mandatory field education meeting
  •    submit a completed “Application for Admission to Field Education” form
  •    be evaluated by Social Work faculty as being professionally and academically ready for admission to field education
  •    successfully complete SW 350 with a grade of “C” or higher during the winter or summer semester immediately prior to the beginning of the field placement.
  •    submit a completed “Student Field Education” form
  •    submit the “Course Check List” signed by advisor verifying student’s readiness to graduate at conclusion of fall semester (for block placement) or winter semester (for regular placement) of internship year
  •    submit a resume and cover letter.
  •    be admitted into the Field Education Program by February 15 of the Winter term that precedes the Summer term in which the Block placement practicum will begin
  •    have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.2
  •    provide a written rationale stating why they believe they are capable of completing a Block Placement in light of the heavy academic and professional requirements which this model places on students, especially during the Fall semester when they must complete 9 credits of field practicum work
  •    present a clear and realistic plan demonstrating how they will complete all the requirements of the field practicum, as well as all of their requirements for graduation by December of the same calendar year in which they complete their second semester field practicum*
  •    be graduating in December of the same calendar year as the year in which they conclude their field practicum.**
  •    Network, Marygrove's organization for all students interested in social work, was founded in 1982.  Network's charter calls for providing opportunities for students to assist each other throughout the Social Work program and toward their professional/career goals, as well as promoting a positive image and greater understanding of the social work profession.
  •    Phi Alpha Honor Society, Beta Eta Chapter, Marygrove's chapter of this national honor society for social work students, was founded in 1988.  In order to be eligible for membership, a student must be a Social Work major with junior or senior standing, have been formally accepted Into the BSW program, have completed 9 credit hours in Social Work, and have an overall GPA of 3.0, with a 3.3 GPA in Social Work.
  •    ABSWS, Marygrove's Association of Black Social Work Students, was founded in 1978.  This organization, a student chapter of the National Association of  Black Social Workers, provides opportunities for African American students to advocate for policies and services addressing a broad range of social, economic and political issues that impact the African American community.
  •    MMEN, the Marygrove Men Empowerment Network, was founded in 2009.  It provides mutual support for the men of the Social Work program and other male students on campus.  It also provides a means for these men to advocate for the interests and serve the needs of men at Marygrove and in the wider community. 
  •    The Sister Christina Schwartz, IHM, Scholarship is an annual award, given to one or more social work students who have demonstrated extensive volunteerism and community service regarding social justice Issues in Detroit.
  •    The Helen Wessel Cherniak Scholarship is an annual award, given to a student having strong academic credentials and the potential to make a contribution to her/his community.
  •    The Outstanding Student in Social Work Award is an annual award presented to a senior student for outstanding achievement in leadership and active demonstration of the values of the social work profession.
  •    The National Association of Social Workers Student Social Worker of the Year Award is given each year, based on a vote of the graduating seniors and the Social Work faculty, to a student who:  best demonstrates leadership qualities, contributes to the positive image of the social work program, is committed to political and community activities, is successful in their academic performance, and represents the NASW Social Work Code of Ethics.
  •    The Social Work Department has two computer laboratories, both of which are used for special class assignments.  In particular, the labs are used for learning and practicing interviewing skills, for SW 325: Professional Communication, and for learning and practicing data analysis skills, including the use of SPSS, for SW 355: Social Research, and SW 365: Research and Statistics for Social Workers.  In addition, one lab offers open walk-in hours specifically for social work student use.
  •    The Michelle Ventour Social Work Resource Room houses books, journals, magazines and other resource materials useful for social work students, as well as a place to meet and study.  It is dedicated to the memory of Michelle M. Ventour, LMSW, for her 17 years of loyal service to the Marygrove College community.  Each social work major has her/his own mail folder or mailbox in the Resource Room.
  •    The Social Work Department computer laboratories are monitored by students who are invited to serve as Computer Lab Monitors.  It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a Social Work Computer Lab Monitor.  Serving in this capacity also provides opportunities for networking, assisting others in the program and developing leadership skills.
  •    Social work majors are encouraged to join with faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community, to serve on special Ad Hoc Committees.  These include planning committees for special events, research teams for specific projects, search committees for new faculty/staff, as well as ad hoc committees for developing new processes, procedures, projects and/or programming.

An application packet is available outside the Social Work Department Office, MC 345. Details of the application process are outlined in the application packet, in the Social Work Department Student Handbook, and in SW 312: Introduction to Social Work.  A Social Work Admissions Information Workshop is offered several times each semester; it is highly recommended that every student interested in applying to the program attend this workshop, prior to submitting her/his application. 

 

Students are responsible for submitting to the Social Work Department Office the entire admissions application, including the application form, personal interest statement and reference letters, by the deadline posted each se­mester. Applications are reviewed by the Social Work Admissions Sub-committee. Applicants are notified of the Admissions Sub-committee’s decision by the end of the semester in which they apply.

A contractual agreement between the student and the Social Work Department must be signed upon admis­sion to the Program. Admission to the Program is valid for six (6) years.  If this time period has expired and you have not successfully progressed toward degree completion, then you must re-apply to the Program. 

No grade below a “C” will be accepted in any required core social work course. If you earn below a “C” in a core social work course, you must repeat that course and earn at least a grade of "C".  Only two different core courses may be repeated, and each course may be repeated only once.  If more than two core courses must be repeated, as a result of a final grade lower than a “C,” then you may not continue in the social work program.

An overall GPA of 2.3 must be maintained by social work students.  Continuance in the program is contingent upon maintenance of this GPA requirement, as well as upon personal and professional behavior that is consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics.

Decisions about program admission, denial, discontinu­ance and repeating of course work will be handled on an individual basis.  If you wish to appeal a decision or a policy, please refer to the academic appeals procedures described in the Social Work Department Student Handbook and in the Academic Policies sec­tion of this catalog.

The program reserves the right to require volunteer experience and/or a pre-professional practicum.

You must be formally admitted into the Social Work Program before you can enroll in:

  • SW 350      Social Work Practice I
  • SW 450      Social Work Practice II      
  • SW 455      Field Practicum
  • SW 496      Senior Seminar                

Admission to Field Education Program

The signature component of the BSW Program is its Field Education Program.

To be admitted to the field education program, a student must:

Once admitted to field education, a student must:

Decisions about field education admission, denial and/or discontinuance will be handled on an individual basis.  If you wish to appeal a decision or policy, please refer to the academic appeals procedures described in the Social Work Department Student Handbook and in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Field Practicum

The core of the field education program is an educationally planned, professionally guided field practicum in an agency or facility where professional social workers are employed.  As a social work intern, you will be engaged in the delivery of social services to individuals, families, groups, organizations and/or communities, generally two to three days per week.  Marygrove’s Social Work Program has two practicum models.

The Academic Year practicum model is the main practicum format and is the model that is open to all students admitted to field education. According to this model, students are enrolled in the field practicum course and working in the assigned agency two semesters, for a total of 12 credit hours.  This enrollment occurs during both the Fall term (6 credits), and Winter term (6 credits). These students can anticipate graduating in May at the conclusion of that academic year.

The second practicum model is called the Block Placement model, in which students are enrolled in the field practicum course and working in the assigned agency during the Summer term (3 credits), and Fall term (9 credits), for a total of 12 credit hours.  These students can anticipate graduating in December at the conclusion of the Fall semester.  The majority of students are not eligible to follow this Block Placement practicum model.  In order to be considered for a Block Placement, a student must:

*The Field Director has been given the authority by the faculty to determine whether students’ plans are realistic and if they will be able to handle the demands of a Block placement.  This decision about readiness for a Block Placement will be made by the Field Director in consultation with the social work faculty.  Approval or denial of requests will be given in writing.  If a student wishes to appeal the decision, she or he should refer to the academic appeals procedures described in the Social Work Department Student Handbook and in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

**Although a student meets the qualifications and receives approval to complete the Block placement model, this does not guarantee that the program will be able to accommodate all specific needs or requests.

At Marygrove, your field practicum agency is specifically selected for you by the Field Director, with your consultation, from the many and diverse agencies in the tri-county area. The field practicum provides you with invaluable experience and preparation for employment in entry-level social work practice.  Because the field practicum, together with required coursework, places high demands on your time and energy in the senior year‚ advance planning is required.  The Field Director reserves the right to delay, interrupt and/or terminate the field practicum experience.  The Field Director may also require that you complete additional field practicum hours beyond the required 450 hours of practicum work.

As we subscribe to and aim to cultivate the values of the social work profession, it is expected that you will respect and promote the dignity, integrity and self-determination of every person in the field agency, on campus, in the classroom and in related interactions, as well as conduct yourself according to the NASW Code of Ethics at all times.  Please see the Social Work Student Handbook for more information regarding this expectation.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM

Program Motto and Student Involvement
The motto of our program is “Be Prepared to Get Involved”.  Marygrove social work students are very active on campus and in the wider community.  They volunteer to help children, teens, adults and seniors in a variety of settings.  They also participate in meaningful research and advocacy for positive change in the city of Detroit, of which we are an integral part.  Marygrove social work students, like all students at Marygrove, are guided, mentored and nurtured to become the urban leaders of tomorrow.

Social Work Student Organizations

The Social Work Department has four student organizations:  Network, Phi Alpha Honor Society, ABSW, and MMEN.

Social Work Awards

Social Work Department Facilities

Leadership Opportunities

Annual Department Events

The Social Work Department sponsors a variety of social and academic events for students throughout the year. You will have the opportunity to join with department faculty and other students, as well as program alumni, to welcome the new students and honor our alumni in the fall, to celebrate the new year in January, to commemorate Social Work Month in March, to attend the Senior Seminar dramatic presentation in April, and to be part of the spring mixer in June.  As a graduating senior, you will also be honored at the annual Social Work Senior Social.  In addition, special workshops are designed specifically for the needs and interests of social work students. 

Social Work Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission

The mission of the Social Work Program at Marygrove College is to educate highly competent, compassionate, committed and ethical bachelor level social workers who are known by their ability to right social wrongs through empowerment of themselves and others. The motto that the Social Work Program places before our students is: “Be prepared to get involved!”

The ties that bind: Marygrove’s Social Work Program is growing strong.

The word must be out about Marygrove’s Social Work Program, because the number of new majors this fall has increased approximately 28 percent since 2007. This is good news for graduates, as social work jobs, particularly in medicine and public health, are considered among the 50 best careers of 2010 by U.S. News & World Report, with strong growth predicted on a national scale over the next decade. So, if you want an interesting career path, join an elite group of professionals who are known for being anything but elitist: enroll at Marygrove and Be Prepared to Get Involved.

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

To complete the social work program, you are required to take the following courses or their equivalents in these areas:

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements for the B.S.W. degree are more specific than those for the Bachelor of Arts.

The B.S.W. general education requirement under Sci­entific Inquiry is BIO 139, BIO 201 or BIO 257.  These are approved as a laboratory science of four credit hours for social work majors.

The B.S.W. requires 22 credits in the social sciences, including courses in psychology, sociology, political science and economics.  Several of these requirements also meet the College general education requirements in the area of Social Environment.

The B.S.W. degree requires a course on values or ethics, either PHL 126 or PHL 225, which also serves as the College general education requirement under Religious and Philosophical Traditions.

To fulfill the College requirement for computer literacy, each social major must pass with 75% the specially designed social work computer test in the STIC lab.  Documentation of this test result must be submitted to the academic advisor for inclusion in the student’s advising file.

Thus, of the courses designated for College general education credit, these specific courses are required for the Social Work Program.

BIO 139                  Principles of Biology

                                    -OR-

BIO 201                  Ecology and the Environment   

                                    -OR-

BIO 257                  Human Anatomy and Physiology
ECN 200                 Introductory Macroeconomics

                                    -OR-

ECN 202            Economic Dimensions
PSY 205             Introductory Psychology
SOC 201             Sociological Perspectives

                                    -OR-

SOC 202             Social Problems
PHL 126             Persons and Values  

                                    -OR-

PHL 225             Ethics    

Professional Foundation Curriculum

These related courses are taken prior to and/or concur­rent with the professional core.

PSY 240                  Developmental Psychology
SOC/POL 306      Ethnic and Racial Diversity
PSY/SOC 346      Aging Individual in Society    

                                    -OR-

SW 410                   Working With Older Adults
SOC/SW 345        Sociology of the Family     

                                    -OR-

SW 200B                Working with Children and Families
POL/SOC 385      Community and Organizational Change

Professional Core Curriculum

The following courses constitute the professional core.

SW 312                   Introduction to Social Work
SW 314                   Social Welfare Policy
SW 325                   Professional Communication with Individuals and Groups
SW 340                   Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SW 350                   Social Work Practice I
SW 355                   Social Research
SW 365                   Research and Statistics for Social Workers
SW 440                   Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SW 450                   Social Work Practice II
SW 455                   Field Practicum I
SW 455                   Field Practicum II
SW 496                   Social Issues and Policies:    Senior Seminar

All required Social Work (SW) courses taken at Marygrove, or at another CSWE accredited under­graduate program, have a limit of 6 years.  If a course has been taken more than 6 years ago, it must be retaken.  SW 350: Social Work Practice I, SW 450: Social Work Practice II, and SW 455: Field Practicum must be taken at Marygrove.  Also, SW 455 must be started within six months of completing SW 350.  SW 450 must be taken concurrently with SW 455.  If a student has not completed the entire field practicum (SW 455) within 12 months of completing SW 450, then SW 450 must be retaken.

A grade of C (2.0) or better must be achieved in all core social work courses, and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained in the professional core.  Successful completion of all core courses with a grade of “C” or higher, maintenance of the GPA requirements, and attainment of the goals and objectives of the field practicum as measured in the final field evaluation, will demonstrate a student's readiness for a career as a professional social worker.

Electives

SW 200A            Special Topics: Working with Substance Abuse
SW 200B            Special Topics: Working with Children and Families
SW 200C            Special Topics: Working with Mental Illness
SW 200D           Special Topics: Working with Health Care
SW 200E            Special Topics: Working with Diversity
SW 200F            Special Topics: Working with Spanish Speaking Individuals and Communities
SW 200G            Special Topics: Working with LGBT Individuals and Communities
SW 237              Physical Aspects of Aging
SW 268               Child Welfare Policies and Services
SW 299               Pre-professional Practicum
SW 312L            Introduction to Social Work Laboratory
SW 378             Policies and Services for Older Persons
SW 410          Working with Older Adults
SW 491               Independent Study

Other Recommended Electives:

ART 235             Introduction to Art Therapy
ART 237             Readings in Art Therapy
BIO 141                  Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
CJ 110                 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 351                 Restorative Justice
CJ 352                 Women in the American Criminal Justice    System
HIS 306                   The World in the 20th Century
HIS 310                   Metro Detroit Through Three Centuries
HIS 311                   History of Blacks in America to 1865
HIS 312                   History of Blacks in America since 1865
HIS 314                   Native American History I
HIS 315                   Native American History II
HIS 330                   Michigan: History and Politics
HIS 335                   Women in U.S. History
HIS 359                   History of Civil Rights
PHL 276             Critical Thinking
PHL 325             Special Topics in Moral Philosophy
POL 308             Contemporary Indian Issues
POL 309             Ethnicity in Urban America
POL 149             American Political Systems
POL 315             Third World Politics
POL 318             Global Women’s Issues and Policies
POL 358             Law and Society
PSY 320            Psychology of Women
PSY 330             Psychology of Adjustment
PSY 340             Abnormal Psychology
PSY 343             Adolescent Psychology
PSY 348             Death and Dying
PSY 360             Social Psychology
PSY 365             Group Dynamics
SOC 311             Deviant Behavior
SOC 320             Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 393             Urban Social Issues
SPA 150             Elementary Spanish I

Social Work Minor within a Bachelor of Arts Program

If you are considering a minor in social work, you should talk with your advisor and the Social Work De­partment Chair about the possible benefits.  The Social Work Minor requires 20 hours in 300-level social work courses, specifically:  SW 312, 314, 325, 340, 440, SOC 385, plus 3 credits of social work electives (e.g., SW 378, SW 200, SW 355, SW 410, etc.). No more than two grades below a "C" will be accepted in courses toward the social work minor.  You can successfully combine a minor in social work with politi­cal science, psychology, sociology, social science, criminal justice and other majors as well.  However, you are forewarned that a social work minor is not adequate preparation for entry-level social work employment, nor for competent social work prac­tice.  You will not be eligible for social work licensure in the State of Michigan with a social work minor.  The program, therefore, only recommends B.S.W. gradu­ates for employment within the field of human services.

Gerontology Minor

For specific requirements and courses, please refer to section entitled Gerontology in this catalog.

Certificate in Child Welfare

For specific requirements and courses‚ please refer to section entitled Child Welfare in this catalog.

Certificate in Gerontology

For specific requirements and courses‚ please refer to section entitled Gerontology in this catalog.

Social Work Course Descriptions

 SW 200                                         Special Topics 2 hours

  • SW 200A Special Topics: Working with Substance Abuse                                                                                                                
  • SW 200B Special Topics: Working with Children and Families
  • SW 200C Special Topics: Working with Mental Illness                                                                                                                                       
  • SW 200D Special Topics: Working with Health Care
  • SW 200E Special Topics: Working with Diversity
  • SW 200F Special Topics: Working with Spanish Speaking Individuals and Communities
  • SW 200G Special Topics: Working with LGBT Individuals and Communities

Recommended Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205; Term: 1, 2, 3

Course addresses specific practice areas, populations and/or issues in order to provide an opportunity to delve more deeply into specialized topics that are not fully addressed in other courses. Offered on a rotating basis according to special interests and needs of students.

SW 237                                              Physical Aspects of Aging 2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 2

This course relates the concepts of biology to aging. Topics covered include physical theories of aging, cellular aging and the effects of aging on specific human systems. Discussion of diseases associated with aging will be covered.

SW 268                                              Child Welfare Policies and Services 2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 2, 3

Examination of major social policies and services addressing the needs and problems of America’s children and their well being. Focus is placed on child-care issues, out-of-home placement and adoption policies, kinship placement, continuum of care and permanency issues, family policies, children’s health needs and services, child protection laws, juvenile diversion and court services, and culturally specific policies and programs.

SW 299                                              Pre-professional Practicum 1-6 hours
Must be arranged through the Social Work Certificate Director.

Experience in a social work setting such as gerontology, child welfare, mental health. Students are involved in supervised observation and participation in direct practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations and/or communities, or in indirect practice with macro systems targeted for change.  May be repeated for a maximum total of six credits.  Each credit hour equals 40 clock hours of agency work.

SW 306                                              Ethnic and Racial Diversity 3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term:1, 2, 3

Analysis of the social, economic, and political aspects of ethnic/racial relations in the US. Effects of diversity on various ethnic and racial groups.

SW 312                                              Introduction to Social Work 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205, ENG 108; Term: 1, 2

Survey of the social work profession—its past and present role within the social welfare institution and the field of human services. Exploration of the nature of social work—its focus, purpose, various tasks, range of practice settings, levels of practice, as well as the base of knowledge, values, and skills for responding to human needs/problems and diverse client populations. Focuses attention on generalist social work practice—with identification of social casework, group-work, community organization and other specializations. Stresses self-assessment of aptitude for social work and explores career opportunities.

SW 312L                                           Introduction to Social Work Laboratory 1 hour
Prerequisite/Corequisite: SW 312; Term: 1, 2, 3         

Supervised volunteer experience in a local social service agency or a field setting where social work is practiced. These include child welfare, gerontology, public welfare, family services, medical and health care, mental health and community services, corrections, schools and others. Participation in and observation of the work day of so­cial workers engaged in direct practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and/or communities and/or those involved in indirect social work practice with macro systems targeted for change. May be repeated for a maximum of three credits. Each credit hour equals 40 clock hours of agency work. First experience must be successfully completed before next experience will be allowed. Each credit hour experience explores social work activity with a system of a different size as well as a different field of, or setting for, social work practice.

SW 314                                              Social Welfare Policy 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205; Recommended Pre/Corequisite: ECN 200 or ECN 202; Term: 1, 2

Examination of social welfare as an institution and the socio-economic and political forces that shape social welfare policy throughout history. Emphasis is on the changing conceptions of social welfare, the organizations of existing social welfare programs, and their impact on oppressed and vulnerable client systems. Also considered are the development and implementation of social welfare policy and the evaluation of social welfare responses to human needs according to principles of social justice. Alternative systems are explored.

SW 325                                              Professional Communication with Individuals and Groups 4 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205, ENG 108; Pre/Corequisite: SW 312; Term: 1, 2

Laboratory and didactic course emphasizing the development of interactional skills. Focus is on communications skills with individuals, families and groups. Confidentiality and accountability are emphasized. Special emphasis is given to working with diverse client populations. Lab experiences will include group membership, role plays, videotaping of interviews, computerized exercises, critiques of techniques and styles of interacting with others.

SW 340                                              Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 hours
Prerequisites: PHL 126 or PHL 225, PSY 240, PSY 346 or SW 410, SW 312; ENG 312; Pre/Corequisite: BIO 139 or BIO 201 or BIO 257; Term: 2, 3 Writing Intensive Course

Integrative study of the biological, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual components of human individuality based upon social systems theory. Examination of reciprocal interaction between human behavior and the social environment throughout the life cycle of diverse client systems. Focus on effects of oppression upon groups and individuals. Emphasis upon respect for diversity in systems’ values, needs and goals, especially in relation to social work practice.

SW 345                                              Sociology of the Family 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201 or 202; Term: 1, 2

Analyzes the family including marriage and kinship relationships, as both a social institution and a network of small group interactions. Sociological theories will be investigated as well as empirical research.

SW 350                                              Social Work Practice I 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, PSY 240, SOC 306 or 307, SOC 345 or SW 200B, SW 312, SW 325; Pre/corequisites: SW 340; SW majors of­ficially accepted into the program only; must be taken within 6 months of beginning SW 455; Term: 2,3

A systems frame of reference for generalist social work practice is applied in the problem-solving process with individuals, groups, families, communities and organizations.  Emphasis is on the value base of practice and the development of relationships with persons of diverse and oppressed groups.  Focus on analytical and interactional skills, interviewing, data collection, problem identification and assessment, especially as related to the beginning and middle phases of the change process.  Micro systems practice is emphasized.  As a result of assessment, at the end of SW 350, if necessary, you may be required to do a pre-practicum in order to demonstrate your aptitude and skills for Social Work. SW 350 must be re-taken if student is not in a field placement within 6 months of com­pleting the course.

SW 355                                              Social Research 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 099, PSY 205, SOC 201 or 202; Pre/Corequisite: ENG 312; Term: 1, 2

Provides a beginning understanding and appreciation of social research. Emphasizes the use and production of research for improving one’s effectiveness as a generalist social work practitioner or social science professional. Students become familiar with different social research approaches, using both quantitative and qualitative data. Includes a series of experiential exercises that lead students step-by-step through the research process: deciding and developing a research question, specify­ing sampling strategy, selecting or developing appropriate measures, planning and carrying out a data collection, analyzing data, and writing a research paper. Emphasizes important ethical and human diversity issues raised throughout the research process.

SW 365                                              Research and Statistics for Social Workers 4 hours
Prerequisite: MTH 100, SW 355; Term 1, 2

Provides the opportunity to build on the basic knowledge and skills gained in Social Research (SW 355), combin­ing theoretical and experiential learning.  Emphasis is placed on the types of research used most frequently by social workers within an agency setting:  needs assessment, practice evaluation, and program evaluation.  Use of basic descriptive and inferential statistics in the context of the overall research process is taught. Students also learn how to effectively evaluate research studies. Important ethi­cal and human diversity issues are also addressed throughout the course.

SW 378                                              Policy and Services for Older Persons 2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1

Examination of major social policies and services addressing the problems and needs of older persons.  Particular attention is given to retirement policies, senior housing, long-term care issues, health care issues and special social services for the aging.

SW 385                                              Community and Organizational Change 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202; Pre/Corequisite: SOC 306; Recommended Pre/Corequisite: ECN 200 or ECN 202; Term: 1,2

Analysis of communities and organizations as social systems, including examination of critical problems. Also examines intervention, change strategies, and skills that appear to be effective and how they can be applied. A service learning component may be included.

SW 410                                               Working with Older Adults 2 hours
Prerequisite: None. Term: 1,3

Development of analytical and interactional skills needed in working with older adults. Understanding of agencies which provide services to older persons. Themes such as generativity and creativity, intergenerational relationships, minorities and human diversity, separation and loss, and continuum of care will be the backdrop for discussion of service deliveries. Emphasis is placed on development of students’ awareness of personal attitudes, feelings and values in working with elders.

SW 440                                              Human Behavior and Social Environment II 2 hours
Prerequisites: ECN 200 or ECN 202, SW 314, SW 340; Pre/Corequisite: POL 385; Term: 2, 3

Second of two courses with a person-in-environment focus. A socio-cultural perspective on human functioning and dysfunction within groups, organizations, communities and government. Examines human diversity in macro systems’ values, policies and goals, and relates this knowledge to social work practice.

SW 450                                              Social Work Practice II 4 hours
Prerequisites: SW majors only; SW 350; Corequisite: SW 455; Term: 1

The problem-solving process is further developed through examining specific systems – individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Utilizing a client-system based approach, students assess and evaluate theoretical intervention models. Focus is on the middle and ending phases of the change process, as well as on ethical practice dilemmas. Macro system practice is emphasized.  If a student has not completed the entire field practicum, SW 455, within 12 months of completing SW 450, then SW 450 must be retaken.

SW 455                                              Field Practicum 3-9 hours
Prerequisites: SW majors only; officially admitted to Field Education Program; SW 350; concurrent with SW 450,

Term: 1, 2, 3

Practical application of social work knowledge, values and skills in educationally planned and professionally guided agency service activities (minimum 450 clock hours must be completed in agency work). Students are engaged in direct and/or indirect delivery of social services to individuals, families, groups, organizations and/or communities, generally two-three days per week.  Includes weekly seminar class.  Students take the course two semesters, usually Fall and Winter terms, 6 credits each term, for a total of 12 credit hours.  A student must be graduating in December, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in order to be approved to complete a Block placement.  The Block field practicum is taken in the Summer term for 3 credits and Fall term for 9 credits. (See earlier sections entitled, “Admission to Field Education Program” and “Field Practicum - Block Placement Model” for complete information regarding admission to field education and approval procedure for Block Placement model.)  Students must successfully complete SW 450 with a grade of C or higher to continue in the practicum and be eligible for graduation with the BSW degree.  A student must complete the number of practicum hours required for the first semester of placement (225 hours) by the end of the week before classes begin for the second semester of placement.  If the required hours are not completed by that time, the student will not be allowed to continue in the field practicum for the second semester.  If all required field practicum hours (450 hours) have not been completed by the end of the second semester of placement, a student’s graduation will be delayed one semester at minimum.  If a student has not completed the entire field practicum within 12 months of completing SW 450, then SW 450 must be retaken. The Field Director reserves the right to delay the start of, interrupt and/or terminate the field practicum experience.

SW 491                                             Independent Study 1-6 hours
Prerequisites: SW majors only, senior standing or permission of instructor

Advanced research and presentation of critically evaluated data.

SW 496                                               Social Issues and Policies: Senior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: SW 314, POL 385, ENG 312; social work major or permission of instructor, senior standing; must be taken the winter term prior to graduation; Term: 2

Intensive analysis of social welfare policy.  Special emphasis on the relationship of policy with social work practice, and the effects of policy on oppressed and vulnerable populations.

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