2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work (B.S.)

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Major Requirements

Students electing to major in Social Work complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree: 49-51 credits of core courses, 30-35 elective credits, and 58-64 credits in their major. Two foundational courses, BIO110 (3 credits) and POL115 (3 credits), can be used to meet core curriculum requirements where applicable. Students must successfully complete SWK120  and SWK 120S  before officially being accepted into the Social Work Program.

One three-credit Social Work elective (3 credits).


A Social Work major takes three one-credit workshops designed to address issues concerning diversity, oppression, social justice, and/or special populations (SWK030-SWK099) as one of the two required electives.   SWK 087 : Violence in the Workplace must be completed by all majors in the fall semester of the junior year.  Students intending to major in Social Work should complete SWK120  with a grade of “C” or higher and a grade of P (Pass) in SWK 120S  . Students in the major are required to achieve grades of “C” or higher in all Social Work courses.

Curriculum Components

The curriculum is designed to help students achieve the nine Core Competencies and 31 Practice Behaviors delineated in The Council on Social Work Education’s 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards and the one additional Core Competency and four Practice Behaviors required by the Social Work Department.  Students are orientated to the profession of Social Work in SWK120 . Additional Social Work courses are arranged in five sequences:

Human Behavior and Diversity

Methods of Practice


The Field Experience, the signature pedagogy of Social Work education, includes a minimum of 660 hours of professionally supervised practice in social service agencies. Electives and workshops on topics of special interest are offered each semester. A required capstone course (SWK470 : Integrative Seminar) is completed in the spring semester of the senior year.

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