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Recommended Course Sequence

Substantial completion of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LAC) is expected by the end of the junior year. All liberal arts foundation and professional foundation courses must be completed prior to admission to senior year practice and seminar courses.

Sophomore year: (Fall semester) and continuation of social work major professional foundation courses

SWK 200 Introduction to Social Work - 3 credits
An overview of the social services and the profession of social work introducing students to the history of the field; knowledge, values and skills necessary for social work practice; and the variety of social service programs and agencies characterizing the field today. Human rights principles are explored. Includes a twenty hour field experience.
Note: Required for admission to the social work major. Complete program foundation requirements.

Junior year: (Fall semester)

SWK 311 The Social Environment and Human Behavior - 3 credits
SOC 100 and ANT 106 must be completed prior to, or concurrently with, SWK 311

Provides the theoretical and empirical foundation for understanding the influence of macro systems on human behavior. Examines sociological, social psychological, economic, and cultural theories that are relevant to understanding organizations, communities, social institutions, society and the world at large. Highlights the forces of social exclusion and the consequences of social injustice. Develops students' awareness of self and others as shaped by these forces.

SWK 325 Social Welfare Policy - 3 credits
PSC 110 must be completed prior to, or concurrently with enrollment in SWK 325

Exploration of the use of social policy for meeting human needs and achieving social ideals. Introduction to the process of policy making and implementation emphasizing the impact of the political, economic, and cultural climate on social welfare policy and the roles of the public and private sectors in the delivery of social welfare services.

SWK 330 Research for Social Work 1 - 3 credits
Note: Open only to social work majors

Introduction to research methods in social work, with particular emphasis on the ethics of social work research, single system design, experimental design, surveys, program evaluation, and professional writing. A research proposal for studying an aspect of community practice is developed. To be carried out the following semester in SWK 333.

Junior year: (Spring semester)

SWK 312 Human Behavior and the Social Environment - 3 credits
PSY 100 and BIO 202 must be completed prior to, or concurrently with SWK 312

An overview of micro-level empirical and theoretical perspectives for understanding human behavior across the life cycle including the biological, psychological, and social factors which shape human lives. Includes discussion of individual, family, and group systems and evaluation and practical application of theory for generalist social work practice.

SWK 300 Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations - 3 credits
Prerequisites: SWK 325, SWK 311
Co-requisite: SWK 333
Note: Open to social work majors only

Generalist social work knowledge for practice with communities and organizations is integrated with professional values and skills. The skills of assessment, goal setting, intervention, termination, and evaluation are taught. Major themes include social justice, social change, and empowerment. Includes a forty-hour macro practice field experience.

SWK 333 Research for Social Work II - 4 credits
Prerequisites: SWK 330
Co-requisite: SWK 300
Note: Open only to social work majors

This course is a continuation of SWK 330 and is designed to give students practical, supervised experience in social work research. In this course, students will carry out research projects in a field setting using the proposals developed in SWK 330. Students will be introduced to SPSS and other data management and analysis techniques.

SWK 335 Understanding Social Work Theory - 3 credits
Note: Open only to social work majors

Senior year: (Fall semester)

SWK 320 Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families - 3 credits
Prerequisites: SWK 200, SWK 312, SWK 300, SWK 333
Co-requisite: SWK 350
Note: Open to social work majors only

Generalist social work knowledge for practice with individuals, couples, and families is integrated with professional values and skills. The skills of assessment, goal setting, intervention, termination, and evaluation are taught. Major themes include the strengths perspective and cultural competence.

SWK 350 Social Work Internship and Seminar I - 6 credits
Co-requisite: SWK 320
Note: Open only to social work majors

Provides a minimum of 200 hours of generalist practice experience under the supervision of a social work professional. Weekly seminar sessions integrate knowledge, values, and skills gained from classroom instruction and the field experience.

SWK 475 Social Work Senior Seminar - 3 credits
Prerequisite: SWK 300
Co-requisite or Prerequisite: SWK 320, SWK 350
Note: Open only to social work majors. Fills writing-intensive course requirement.

Capstone seminar for social work students. Promotes critical thinking, the development of professional identity, and the integration of the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work curriculum. Content is related to central social work perspectives, systems change, human rights, the role of social work in the United States and the world, and emerging issues in the profession.

Senior year: (Spring semester)

SWK 420 Generalist Practice with Groups and Organizations - 3 credits
Prerequisites: SWK 320, SWK 350
Co-requisite: SWK 450
Note: Open to social work majors only

Generalist social work knowledge for practice with groups and organizations integrated with professional values and skills. The skills of group development, assessment, goal setting, intervention, termination, and evaluation are taught. Emphasizes the power of the group as a mutual aid system and the use of task groups in organizational settings.

SWK 450 Social Work Internship and Seminar II - 6 credits
Prerequisite: SWK 350
Co-requisites: SWK 420
Note: Open to social work majors only

Provides an additional minimum of 200 hours of generalist practice experience under social work supervision. Students are expected to build on their SWK 350 experience by assuming new responsibilities and challenges. Weekly seminar sessions integrate knowledge, values, and skills gained from classroom instruction and the field experience.

Social Work Electives

SWK 245 Social Gerontology - 3 credits
Social, cultural, and physical factors which influence the process of aging. Special emphasis is given aspects of society which tend to improve or lessen the quality of life experienced by elderly people.

SWK 344 Substance Abuse - 3 credits
Covers the causes, medical aspects, family dynamics, cross-cultural issues, and treatment modalities of drug and alcohol abuse. The course is designed with both undergraduate students and human service professionals in mind.

SWK 369 Working with Gambling Problems - 3 credits
Covers the fundamentals for understanding gambling problems in the U.S. including an overview of the public policies for the treatment and control of gambling, an examination of the epidemiology of gambling across diverse groups, theoretical frameworks for assessing and intervention with problem gambling, and an understanding of the available research.

SWK 365 Special Topics in Social Work - 3 credits
Note: Enrollment in some offerings may require consent of the instructor. One time offerings of social work elective courses. SWK 365 may be repeated for credit with a topic change.