Undergraduate Bulletin for 1998-99

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Program Descriptions


Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Social Work

Graduates of the undergraduate social work program are prepared for entry-level positions in the full range of social and human services agencies, organizations, institutions, and community-based programs. Child welfare, health care, services for the aged, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, family services, and work with youth are among the fields of practice in which B.S.W. social workers are employed.

Students graduating from the undergraduate social work program should be:

  1. Knowledgeable about various forms of societal oppression based on class, race, gender, and sexual orientation, and committed to empowerment-oriented practice.
  2. Aware of their attitudes and values as they affect their interest in and ability to fulfill diverse roles in social work.
  3. Aware of and committed to the active and full participation of service consumers at every stage of the problem-solving process.
  4. Committed to the pursuit of a just and equitable society.
  5. Committed to continued professional growth and development.
  6. With appropriate social work supervision, competent in the use of social work skills and knowledge.

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

The Bachelor of Social Work degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 124 s.h., completion of all University Core Curriculum, School of Social Administration, and degree requirements, including entrance deficiencies, if any. ELECT obligations in basic communication, reading, and/or writing must be met during the first year in the Social Work Program.

Field Work Practica: Learning by Doing
A minimum of 544 hours in supervised field settings is required. Students are directly involved in actual professional tasks in the agency and in the community. This intrinsic part of the professional educational process provides experiential learning for the students in a variety of carefully selected health, welfare, and educational settings. Supervision or field instruction is provided by qualified, trained, and experienced practitioners in the agencies. Some of the fields of practice in the five county area in which majors do their field work are:

Curriculum Format
The Social Work Curriculum consists of three components: (a) general education, the liberal arts base, including the Core Curriculum; (b) professionally-related education content from other disciplines which informs professional education; and (c) professional education, the content and experience of social work theory and practice. The components are interrelated and are selected to reflect the sources from which social work knowledge is derived, the mission and philosophy of the School, the needs of society, the demands of the profession, and the educational needs of the students. The program allows for different experiences, builds on a variety of disciplines, and promotes a developmental, sequential, and integrative education.

Required Course Sequence
Professional social work courses and courses in the arts and sciences support each other. The student's academic adviser will help to assure that prerequisite courses and other sequencing are within the appropriate time-frames for moving through the B.S.W. curriculum. For transfer students, summer school attendance may be necessary in order to fulfill the B.S.W. requirements in a timely way.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Junior Year
Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Senior Year
Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Remainder of credits in electives during appropriate semesters. Electives may be chosen which reflect special interests in drug addiction and alcoholism, gerontology, developmental disabilities, criminal justice, and child welfare. Consult adviser.

During their course of study, social work majors are required to take one elective offered by the School of Social Administration and five writing intensive courses, including IHX051, IHX052, SW285(W), SW286(W), and one additional W or X course.

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