B.S.W. Courses

B.S.W. Courses

A. General Education Requirements

B. Supportive Social Science Cognates

C. Professional Core

D. Electives


Special Topics – SW 200, 200A, 200B, 200C

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. Note: Students taking these courses at the 400 level will be given additional assignments.

SW 200A Working with Substance Abuse 2 hours
SW 200B Working with Children and Families 2 hours
SW 200C Working with Mental Illness 2 hours

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

SW 268 Child Welfare Policies and Services

Examination within their historical context of major social policies and services addressing the needs and problems of Americas children and their well being. Focuses attention on child-care issues, out-of-home placement and adoption policies, kinship placement, continuum of care and permanency issues, family policies, childrens health needs and services, child protection laws, policies and services, juvenile diversion and court services, and culturally specific policies and programs.

  • Hours: 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: None; Term: Annually

SW 299 Pre-professional Practicum

Experience in a social work setting such as gerontology, child welfare, medical and health care. 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; weekly seminar discussion of practicum experiences. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Each credit hour equals 40 clock hours of agency work.

  • Hours: 2-6 hours
  • Prerequisites: Must be arranged through the Social Work Certificate Director.

SW 306 Ethnic and Racial Diversity

This course will define race, ethnicity and culture, gender and enculturation within global perspectives. The student will learn the components of social structures and the bias inherent in socially stratified societies where power and authority is invested in one dominant group. The use of stereotypes to reinforce the inferiority of minority groups will be explained. Race as a scientific concept will be a topic for discussion.

  • Hours: 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: ENG 108; Term: 1,2

SW 307 Introduction to Ethnic and Cultural Studies

This course will define race, ethnicity and culture, gender and enculturation. The student will learn the components of our social structure and the bias inherent in a socially stratified society where power and authority is vested in one dominant group. The use of stereotypes to reinforce the inferiority of minority groups will be explained. Race as a scientific concept will be a topic for discussion.

  • Prerequisites: LS 105; SOC 306 recommended; Term: 1

SW 312 Introduction to Social Work

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. Writing intensive course.

  • Hours: 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: SOC 201, PSY 205, ENG 108; Term: 1, 2

SW 312L Introduction to Social Work Laboratory

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.

  • Hours: 1 hour
  • Prerequisites: SW 312; Term: 1, 2, 3

SW 314 Social Welfare Policy

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.

  • Hours: 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: SOC 201, PSY 205, ENG 108; Recommended: ECN 200, ECN 202; Term: 1, 2

SW 325 Professional Communication with Individuals and Groups

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.

  • Hours: 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: SOC 201, PSY 205 or equivalent, PHL 126 or PHL 276; Term: 1, 2

SW 340 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Integrative study of the biological, psychological and socio-cultural 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 populations. 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.

  • Hours: 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: PSY 240, PSY 346, SW 312 Pre/Corequisites: BIO 139 or BIO 257; Term: 2, 3

SW 345 Sociology of the Family

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.

  • Hours: 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: SOC 201; Term: 1, 2

SW 350 Social Work Practice I

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 in the same calendar year as the student begins field practicum.

  • Hours: 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: SW 312, SW 325, PSY 240, PSY 346; SW majors officially accepted into the program only; may only be taken in same year as student begins field practicum; Term: 2,3

SW 355 Social Research

Provides a beginning understanding and appreciation of social research. Emphasizes the use and production of research for improving ones 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), and learn a method for effectively evaluating research studies. 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, writing
a research paper, etc. Emphasizes important ethical and human diversity issues raised throughout the research process.

  • Hours: 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: PSY 205, SOC 201, MTH 100; Term: 1, 2

SW 365 Research and Statistics for Social Workers

Provides the opportunity to build on the basic knowledge and skills gained in Social Research (SOC/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, program evaluation, and practice evaluation. During the second part of the course, students will create and carry out their own research project. Use of basic descriptive and inferential statistics in the context of the overall research process is taught. Important ethical and human diversity issues are also addressed throughout the course. It is highly recommended that students participate in two hours of optional lab
time each week.

  • Hours: 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: POL/SOC/SW 355; Term 1, 2

SW 378/578 Policy and Services for Older Persons

Examination of major social policies and services addressing the problems and needs of older Americans. Focused attention on retirement policies, senior housing, long-term care issues, health care issues and special social services for the aging.

  • Hours: 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Term: 1

SW 385 Community and Organizational Change

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.

  • Hours: 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: SOC 201, ECN 200, ECN 202; Term: 1, 2

SW 410/610 Working with Older Adults

Development of analytical and interactional skills 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 long-term 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.

  • Hours: 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: PSY 346 or equivalent; Term: 1

SW 450 Social Work Practice II

The problem-solving process is further developed through examining specific systems-individual, family, group, community and organizations. Utilizing a team 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. SW 450 must be re-taken if the student has not completed the entire field placement within 2 years of completing the course.

  • Hours: 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: SW majors only; SW 350, SOC 306 or SOC 307; Corequisite: SW 455; Term: 1

SW 491 Independent Study

SW majors only, senior standing or permission of instructor advanced research and presentation of critically evaluated data.

  • Hours: 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

Intense analysis of social welfare policy. Special emphasis on the relationship of welfare policy to social work practice and the effects of policy on oppressed and vulnerable populations.

  • Hours: 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: SW 314, SOC 385, social work major or permission of instructor, senior standing; must be taken the winter term prior to graduation; Term: 2

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