2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Work, Bachelor of Science

Course offerings leading to a major in social work are open to students interested in a professional career or those planning to enter graduate school. Non-majors interested in the general area of social work are encouraged to study in this discipline, provided they possess the stated prerequisites or have the necessary background.

The social work program blends theoretical and applied orientations. A practicum experience of 10 - 12 credits is required of all majors, where 40 clock hours on location equals one hour of credit. The practicum is designed to provide majors with first-hand field experience so that classroom learning may be applied and tested. It also affords the student with valuable experience in a possible career field, and allows the student to fortify his or her résumé with applied hours in the field which will be viewed favorably by a graduate school or prospective employer.

It is expected that social work majors will be involved in a wide range of field activities throughout the time the major is being pursued. Field activities may be carried on in a variety of settings including: social work agencies; public and private children's homes, and homes for the aged; mental and penal institutions; probation and parole agencies; juvenile courts; inner-city ghettos; and depressed rural areas. Service hours will also include research and service to the department, to the local community, and to campus organizations.

The social work major requires completion of 43 credits. Students completing the social work major are eligible for the bachelor of science degree.

Social Work Major Requirements

Core Courses

PSYC 101General Psychology

3

PSYC 212Developmental Psychology

3

SOCI 101Principles Of Sociology

3

SOCI 380Social Theory

3

SCWK 202/PSYC 202Statistics

3

SCWK 205Introduction to Social Work

3

SCWK 210/SOCI 210Research Methods

3

SCWK 305Fields Of Social Work

3

SCWK 361Policies and Agencies

3

SCWK 405Practicum

10

Upper Division Elective in either CRJS, SOCI, or SCWK

3

An additional cross cultural course or approved experience

3

Social work majors are also encouraged to take

SCWK 390Individual Readings

1

SCWK 489Departmental Honors Research

2

SCWK 490Departmental Honors Thesis

2

SOCIAL WORK REQUIREMENTS AT A GLANCE
Type of Credit Required Credits
General Education (For B.S.)* 43
Major 43
Elective 34
Total Credits to Earn Degree 120
*Based on students arriving as first time freshmen. Some general education requirements are met through required major courses. This reduces the number of required general education credits.