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2017-2019 Academic Catalog 
2017-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work, B.A.

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The Social Work program is designed to equip students with a thorough undergraduate knowledge of social work theories and concepts. It teaches majors the skills that will allow them to conduct sound social work research, and prepare them to meet the challenges of graduate school or the demands of the labor market upon graduation. The Social Work Curriculum also assists majors in developing and understanding their role in helping those in society who are in need of assistance.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major social work theories and concepts.
  • Demonstrate ability to use statistics to interpret data and verbalize their meanings using language germane to social work and the social sciences.
  • Write research papers that will reflect a thorough understanding of social work theory and research methodology.
  • Demonstrate communicative skills by presenting research to an audience of social sciences faculty members, students, and other disciplinary scholars.

Social Work Learning Competencies: Guided by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards require that all social work students develop ten competencies.

The ten (10) competencies are:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethnical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and differences in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Complete a total of 122 credit hours of coursework for graduation.

General Education Core - 41 credit hours
Major Requirements - 39 credit hours
Additional Coursework  - 42 credit hours

Student must repeat any course in the Major, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, American National Government and General Biology if a “C” or better is not earned.

Social Work Curriculum

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 15

Fourth Year

Total Required Hours

*Service Learning: Students will earn a total of 30 service learning hours after successful completion of FYS 101  & FYS 102 .

**Community Service: Students must contact the Office of Student Affairs for pre-approved community service project to earn a total of 90 hours of community service by the end of their junior year.

***Writing Proficiency Examination: Students must complete ENG 111  and ENG 112  with a minimum grade of ‘C’ to register for ENG 199 - Writing Proficiency Examination . Students who fail to take or do not pass ENG 199  must take ENG 200 - Review of Writing Strategies  (3 credit hours).

****Psychology elective or General electives as directed by faculty advisor determined by student.

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