Social Work Program
Dr. Theresa A. Clark, Area Coordinator
The specific aims of the Social Work Program are: (1) to provide students with opportunities to obtain knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for social work practice utilizing the “generalist - based perspective” at the baccalaureate level, and (2) to offer a background preparation for students intending to enter a graduate professional school of social work, law school, or related graduate program of study.
The Social Work Program’s curriculum is designed to help students develop generalist-based practice skills for professional activity with diverse populations of individuals, small groups, families, organizations and/or communities in order to enhance social functioning and create social contexts favorable for their maximum participation and self-direction. Program courses and two agency-based field instruction opportunities are systematically organized in order to produce professional social work graduates who are able to:
• Apply critical thinking skills
• Practice utilizing the values and ethical base of the social work profession
• Identify, apply, and respect the positive value of diverse populations
• Actively demonstrate the professional use of self
• Understand the forms, mechanisms, and impact of oppression and discrimination
• Identify and apply interventive change strategies to advance social and economic justice
• Understand the history of the profession of social work
• Analyze and explain the contemporary structure of the profession and its major issues
• Demonstrate generalist social work knowledge and skills in direct practice with micro, mezzo, and macro level systems
• Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables that affect individual development and behavior
• Utilize and analyze diverse theoretical frameworks in the understanding, assessment, and direction of intervention with individuals and between individuals and social systems to include families, groups, organizations, and communities
• Analyze social policy and policy processes and determine impact on client systems, workers, and agencies
• Conduct and/or evaluate research studies (both qualitative and quantitative) and apply findings to the direction of practice
• Assess and apply, under supervision, an evaluation of their own professional practice interventions and those of other relevant systems
• Apply communication skills in diverse contexts differentially with client systems, colleagues, and members of the community
• Utilize social work supervision appropriate to direct generalist practice and continued personal professional development
• Function and practice within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and, under supervision, seek necessary organizational change
SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM
Edna V. Allen-Bledsoe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work
The Program in Social Work provides an undergraduate course of study of unique and personalized instruction accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, leading to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. The curriculum prepares graduates for first-level professional social work practice as practitioners utilizing the generalist perspective base. Program graduates frequently pursue advanced study in graduate schools and may be eligible for admission into advanced standing one-year M.S.W. degree programs. They may utilize their professional credentials for careers in the expanding opportunities for first-level, generalist-based, professional practitioners according to the standards of the National Association of Social Workers in such areas as:
Addiction Treatment Foster Care
Adoption Geriatric Services
Case Management Health Care
Child Protective Services Home Health Care
Child Welfare Homelessness
Community Mental Health Hospice Care
Criminal & Youth Court Services Hospital Social Work
Crisis Intervention International Social Work
Disaster Relief Parenting Education
Domestic Violence Policy Advocacy
Employee Assistance Programming Rural Social Work
Family Planning School Social Work
Family Preservation Veterans Services
Junior Field Instruction consists of an agency placement or field practicum concurrent with integrative course work and involves 180 hours of instruction in a field setting. A grade point average of 2.25 both in the major and overall is required for placement in a field instruction setting. Students transferring into the program later in their academic pursuits are provided with the accelerated 9 1/2-week summer program. Senior Field Instruction usually occurs during the last semester and consists of 600 hours (15 weeks, 40 hours per week) of field instruction in an agency setting. Only those students who are social work degree candidates may be admitted to the field practicum experiences. Enrollment in social work practice courses (SOWK 335, 336, 415, and 427) is restricted to social work majors only! Practicum experiences are readily available throughout the state, and many students choose to live at home during this experience, thus saving money and greatly enhancing their professional career entry. The Social Work Program, in compliance with CSWE accreditation standards, grants no academic credit for life experience and/or previous work experience in lieu of the field practicum or in lieu of courses in the professional foundation content areas.
SOCIAL WORK MAJOR, B.A., B.S. DEGREE
A. General Education Core Requirement. 41 credits
See General Education Requirements
B. Additional Requirements for B.A. Degree. 6 credits
Additional Requirements for B.S. Degree. 7 credits
See Degree Requirements
C. Major Requirements. 68 credits
SOWK 101 Introduction to Human Services/3 credits
SOWK 102 Social Welfare and the Social Work Profession/3 credits
SOWK 240 Social Policy and Issues in Social Welfare/3 credits
SOWK 280 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I/3 credits
SOWK 281 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II/3 credits
SOWK 310 Minority Experiences: Human Development in Hostile Environments/3 credits
SOWK 320 Social Work Research and Evaluation Design/3 credits
SOWK 335 Junior Interventive Means Lab/1 credit
SOWK 336 Interventive Means in Social Work/3 credits
SOWK 340 Junior Field Integration/1 credit
SOWK 392 Junior Internship in Social Work/5 credits
SOWK 401 Senior Field Integration/2 credits
SOWK 404 Social Welfare Administration/1 credit
SOWK 405 Working with Special Populations/3 credits
SOWK 407 Law and the Social Worker/1 credit
SOWK 408 Jobs, Work, and Career Planning/2 credits
SOWK 415 Inter-professional Communication: Techniques for the Survival of Interventive Strategies/3 credits
SOWK 427 Advanced Interventive Means/3 credits
SOWK 492 Senior Internship in Social Work/12 credits (one credit satisfies General Education Goal 15)
Social Work Electives/11 credits
D. General Electives for B.A. Degree - 5 credits
General Electives for B.S. Degree - 4 credits
E.Total Credits Required for B.A. or B.S. in Social Work - 120 credits
SOCIAL WORK COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
General Education Course *
Speaking Intensive Course ***
A special fee is charged for all Field Instruction courses. †
Social Work 101. Introduction to the Human Services. The broad range of human professions and the nature and structure of human service organizations (schools, hospitals, welfare, corrections, mental health, environment, etc.) which deliver client services. Emphasis is placed on the common elements underlying “helping” actions of a wide variety of human services. Students preparing for a career in any human service area will be provided an orientation to systematic analysis of human service professions and systems. 3 credits. **
Social Work 102. Social Welfare and the Social Work Profession. A study of the dynamic adjustment process between the American social welfare system and its societal, value, and historical context. Emphasis is placed on providing a conceptual, theoretical, and philosophical basis for analyzing institutional welfare and its relation to individual and social needs, social justice, and a pluralistic and humanistic society. The emergence, current status, and future of professional social work practice are explored. Prerequisite: SOWK 101. 3 credits.
Social Work 240. Social Policy and Issues in Social Welfare. Models of policy analysis and formulation are reviewed and the role of both social work and government are investigated. The characteristics of poverty, racism, sexism, power, and community are studied in relation to social welfare policy, social work practice, social planning, and programs and services. Prerequisite: SOWK 102. 3 credits. ***
Social Work 280. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I. Utilizing a general systems approach, the student will develop a multi-level perspective of human behavior in the areas of personality development, self-concept formation, community and organizational systems, group processes, personal change dynamics, family systems, and life cycles. Concurrent focus is placed on practice relevancy of the theory base. Prerequisite: SOCL 101. 3 credits.
Social Work 281. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II. A continuing exploration of theoretical contributions to the design and application of intervention strategies. The role of interpersonal influence is studied within the context of effective communication for planned change and effective skills are practiced. Prerequisites: SOWK 280, PSYC 101 and 4 credits of Biology.
SOCIAL WORK 292. Internship in Social Work. A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of social work. 1-18 credits.
Social Work 295. Special Topics. Selected topics in Social Work. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.
Social Work 309. Human Sexual Adjustment. Socio-cultural influences on gender identity and sexual behavior will be analyzed and issues regarding sexual expression and sexual dysfunctioning will be explored. Methods of dealing with sexual adjustment difficulties at both the individual and community levels are presented including human service resources. Prerequisite: 3 hours of Sociology and Psychology. 3 credits.
Social Work 310. Minority Experiences: Human Development in Hostile Environments. With a special emphasis on the Black experience, the course will examine the impact of the conditions of institutionalized racism, sexism, and prejudice on the development of personality, capability, and self concept. Survival strategies, individual strengths and societal treatment of minorities will be analyzed in order to further develop skills for effective practitioner-client relationships. Prerequisite: SOCL 101. 3 credits.
SOCIAL WORK 311-312. Studies Abroad. Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in social work. 1-18 credits.
Social Work 320. Social Work Research and Evaluation Design. The role of scientific inquiry in the continuing development of knowledge and practice skill, measures of accountability, needs assessment, and evaluation design is presented. Students conduct agency research and assessments and study the impact of applied scientific techniques on the design and delivery of professional practice. Prerequisite: MATH 171. 3 credits. **
Social Work 335. Junior Interventive Means Lab. Laboratory experiences enabling the development and application of practice skills for direct practice. Emphasis is on levels of problems, systematic assessment and problem solving, and uniqueness of various interventive means. Corequisite: SOWK 336. 1 credit. Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.
Social Work 336. Interventive Means in Social Work. A generic approach to social work practice with the goal of achieving social justice and the fulfillment of human potential and needs. Students analyze problem situations, select goals and strategies of intervention and worker roles, develop skill in use of self and other resources and assess effectiveness of intervention and services. Prerequisite: SOWK 281. Corequisite: SOWK 335. 3 credits.* Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.
Social Work 337. Family and Children’s Services. Major concepts of family and child welfare are presented and trends in relevant policy, services and practice skills related to supportive, supplemental and substitutive programs are analyzed. Prerequisite: SOWK 240 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.
Social Work 340. Junior Field Integration. Seminar format provides a supplementary opportunity for generalizing principles and intervention approaches beyond the individual field instruction experience. Focus is on the systematic application of generalist practice principles, both traditional and innovative, in the formation of an integrated professional practice approach. Corequisite: SOWK 392. 1 credit.
SOCIAL WORK 390. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as 391. 1-18 credits.
Social Work 392. Junior Internship in Social Work. Throughout the semester, a direct practice experience under the supervision of a field instructor. Application and continued growth of knowledge base, social work practice skills, and values are assessed. Termination of the field instruction will include a formal “Junior Evaluation” involving staff and student in an assessment of the student’s candidacy for admission into the Social Work Program. Prerequisite: SOWK 336 and 2.25 GPA average overall and in major courses. 5 credits. † Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.
Social Work 401. Senior Field Integration. A concurrent seminar providing an opportunity for generalizing intervention skills and experience beyond the student’s particular field instruction experience. 3 sessions (30 hours) at regional locations. Corequisites: SOWK 492, 404, 407. 2 credits.
Social Work 404. Social Welfare Administration. An analysis of skills and understanding essentials for the translation of human service program goals into organizational structures. Emphasis is on organizational concepts and theories, administrative philosophies and actual analyses of structural change and operation of field experience agencies. Corequisites: SOWK 492, 401, 407. 1 credit.
Social Work 405. Working with Special Populations. A presentation of the principles of majority-minority relationships within the context of diverse “special populations”. The problems of minority status due to factors of race, sex, age, sexual preference, and cultural heritage are studied. Prerequisite: 3 hours of Sociology. 3 credits. ***
Social Work 406. Aging and Society. An introduction to the psychological, social and economic realities of aging with an emphasis on perceiving the elderly as a minority group. Theories of the aging process will be analyzed in conjunction with intervention techniques. 1 credit.
Social Work 407. Law and the Social Worker. Seminar on law as a resource in social work practice, with emphasis on areas where the two professions meet - such as public welfare, juvenile court, family law, adoptions, etc. Examines attitudes of law and social work toward each other. Corequisites: SOWK 492, 401, 404. 1 credit.
Social Work 408. Jobs, Work, and Career Planning. The changing nature of work and securing a job are investigated regarding societal changes, the individual’s stage in life, and public policy. Strategies for maintaining one’s career goals throughout life are presented along with adaptive techniques for career planning. Each student will identify career goals, and explore specific opportunities and approaches to his career. Non-social work majors are encouraged. Prerequisite: 6 hours of social sciences. 2 credits.
Social Work 415. Inter-professional Communication: Techniques for the Survival of Interventive Strategies. Study of effective professional role performance through the systematic integration and application of knowledge and theory in the design of inter-professional transactions and helping patterns; special attention to use of a scientific practice base for determining effective professional action. Prerequisite: SOWK 336. 3 credits. Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.
Social Work 427. Advanced Interventive Means. Continued development of generic skills and values at the advanced level for professional practice. Emphasis is placed on integration of knowledge into techniques and strategies for human service delivery. Prerequisite: SOWK 392. 3 credits. ** Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.
Social Work 461. Topical Seminar in Social Work. A series of topical lectures, presentations and discussions concerning areas of current concern to practitioners in a variety of welfare settings. Emphasis is placed on practice related material and the involvement of practitioners from local agencies is encouraged. 1-3 credits.
Social Work 462. Delivering Hospice Care. A skills approach to the provision of hospice care to the terminally ill. Physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs unique to this client population will be presented. 1 credit.
Social Work 485. Issues Related to Sex and Gender Differences. A seminar on how sex differences and gendered behaviors are constructed and maintained. 3 credits.
SOCIAL WORK 490. Directed or Independent Study. Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated. 1-18 credits.
Social Work 492. Senior Internship in Social Work. Educationally-directed student learning in selected settings. Students learn by participating in the delivery of social services to individuals, small groups, families, organizations, and/or communities. At least 40 hours per week in an agency for 15 weeks. Prerequisite: SOWK 427 and 2.25 GPA average overall and in major courses. Corequisites: SOWK 401, 404 and 407. 12 credits. Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.
Social Work 495. Special Topics. Selected topics in Social Work. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.
SOCIAL WORK 498. Honors Research in Social Work. Students conduct research in social work under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits.
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