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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
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.

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

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 OR PHL 276, which also serves as the College general education requirement under Religious and Philosophical Traditions.

To fulfill the College requirement for computer literacy, each social work major must pass a computer skills assessment in the STICC lab. Students take the computer assessment as part of the SW 312 course.

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

PSY 205 Introductory Psychology
SOC 201 Sociological Perspectives
                 -OR-
SOC 202 Social Problems
ECN 200 Introductory Macroeconomics
                 -OR-
ECN 202 Economic Dimensions
PHL 126 Persons and Values
                 -OR-
PHL 225 Ethics
                 -OR-
PHL 276 Critical Thinking

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

PSY 240 Developmental Psychology
                 -OR-
PSY 321 Introduction to Life-span 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 312L Introduction to Social Work Laboratory
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.

Social Work 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 248 Peer Recovery Mentoring
SW 268 Child Welfare Policies and Services
SW 299 Pre-professional Practicum
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
POL 149 American Political Systems
POL 308 Contemporary Indian Issues
POL 309 Ethnicity in Urban America
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
SOC 311 Deviant Behavior
SOC 320 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 393 Urban Social Issues
SPA 150 Elementary Spanish I