Social Work (SOWK)

3000. The Social Work Profession and Practice

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Overview of the social work profession and generalist social work practice at micro, mezzo and macro levels.

3100. Human Behavior and Social Environment I

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Examines theories of human behavior in the social environment from a “person-in-environment” approach. Focuses macro contextual factors that shape human experience.

3101. Human Behavior and Social Environment II

Four credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Examines theories of human behavior of individuals, families, communities, groups, and organizations and lifespan development. Students complete shadowing requirement for an additional credit.

3200. Social Welfare Policy and Services

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Provides an overview of social welfare and social policy in the United States and the emergence of the social work profession in a historical perspective.

3201. Advocacy for Social Policy Change

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Provides a basis to understand the process of social policy development and conceptual frameworks for social policy analysis. Engage in policy practice to address social and economic well-being.

3250. Understanding Social Justice and Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Examines the mechanisms of human oppression on various levels and focuses on engaging diversity and differences in social work practice and advancing human rights and social and economic justice. Students participate in intergroup dialogue.

3350. Research Methods for Social Work Practice

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Introduces students to basic concepts and procedures of social work research. Includes research design, ethics, and culturally sensitive research practice.

3501. Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Develops generalist social work practice knowledge, values, and skills from a strengths-based, empowerment model at the micro level. Prepares students to practice with individuals and families from differing backgrounds.

3502. Social Work Practice with Groups

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Focuses on the mezzo-level of social work practice, primarily formal groups. Theory, knowledge, and analyses of group dynamics and the development of effective group work skills are emphasized.

3503. Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Prepares students to work with organizations and communities. Practice skills are developed that promote social work ethics and values, including advancing human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

3700. Field Education I

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Students will be placed in field units in the community. They will engage in 200 hours of supervised field experience in generalist social work practice in the fall semester of their senior year.

3701. Field Education II

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Students continue their field placement in a field unit in the community. They will engage in 200 hours of supervised field experience in generalist social work practice in the spring semester of their senior year.

3800. Field Seminar I

Two credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Concurrent with their field placement, students attend field seminar led by their faculty advisor. Focus on critical thinking and integrating field practice experiences with theories and evidence-based research, the development of professional identity, self-reflection, cultural competence, and identifying ethical issues.

3801. Field Seminar II

Two credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Bachelor of Social Work students.

Concurrent with their field placement, students attend field seminar led by their faculty advisor. Focus on critical thinking and integrating field practice experiences with theories and evidence-based research, further development of professional identity, self-reflection, problem solving ethical issues, and cultural competence.

3993. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of BSW Director required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure; open only to Bachelor of Social Work students. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor.

Special topics may be taken in a foreign study program. May count for elective credit.

3995. Special Topics in Social Work

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; open only to Bachelor of Social Work students. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. May count for elective credit.

3998. Variable Topics in Social Work

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; open only to Bachelor of Social Work students. With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit. May count for elective credit.

3999. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Instructor consent; open only to Bachelor of Social Work students. May be repeated for credit with change in content.