Social Work Courses

Each concentration has specific requirements for graduation, so we urge you to download our complete catalog for a full list of concentrations, their requirements, and course descriptions.

For a full list of concentrations and corresponding course requirements, download our complete catalog.

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SW 200 Introduction to Social Work/ 3
This course will introduce the student to the field of social work as a profession. The perspective of the course will be one of a generalist, entry-level social work practitioner. The emphasis will be on the empowering function of social work in modern American society. Critical thinking perspectives are also emphasized by identification of values and evaluation of serious issues. Fall semester.

Note: SW 200 and Py 205 or consent of the Social Work Program Director is required prior to taking the following social work courses.

SW 215 Human Behavior and Social Environment/3
An introduction and survey of human growth and development over the life span including biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of development. Multi-dimensional influences on growth and development. The micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work, social justice, and the tenets of social work ethics and values are infused throughout this course. Prerequisites: SW 200, or consent of the instructor. Spring semester.

SW 325 Child Welfare and Families/3
This is an upper level elective course that builds on basic understandings related to the child welfare system in social work or other disciplines. It will cover a range of services and issues in the child welfare field (i.e., abuse and neglect, mental illness in children, foster care, the juvenile court system, etc.). A wide variety of approaches will be used in the class: lecture, guest speakers, films, discussion, and individual and group projects. Prerequisites: SW 200 or PY 111 or consent of instructor. Fall semester or interterm.

SW 335 Social Work in Today’s World/2
An elective which covers issues such as substance abuse identification and implications for individuals and families, HIV, health care, crisis intervention, international social work to keep students current on the field of social work. Fall semester or interterm.

SW 345 Practice Social Work I /3
A study and application of models, theories, strategies, and techniques of social work practice with individuals and families. Emphasis is placed on the integration and synthesis of valuing, thinking, and behaving in the social work practice process. Prerequisites: SW 200 or consent of instructor. Must be admitted to the social work program. Fall semester.

SW 350 Social Welfare Policy/3
The course examines policies and programs that have been developed to meet human needs in American society. The student will analyze current and past social welfare programs and reforms, policy responses to social issues, and strategies for shaping and influencing policy. This course establishes a connection between social welfare policy and social work practice. Spring semester.

SW 355 Social Work Practice II/3
Study and application of models, theories, strategies and techniques of social work practice with groups, organizations and communities. Emphasis is placed on the integration and synthesis of valuing, thinking, and behaving in the social practice process. A process model considers practicing three phases: beginning (engagement and assessment), middles (action/intervention), and endings 9evaluating and concluding). Prerequisites: SW 200 or consent of instructor. Must be admitted to the social work program. Spring semester.

SW 428 Field Instruction for Social Work/10
The student will be placed in an agency setting under the supervision of an agency field instructor. The student will be exposed to a variety of professional roles and activities to achieve beginning-level social work practice skill. Ten hours of field instruction is required during the spring semester unless otherwise approved by the Social Work Director. To be taken concurrently with SW 442. Prerequisite: all social work courses. Spring semester.

SW 442 Senior Seminar/2
The course is a synthesizing experience whereby students bring together the various components of the social work practice generalist model through ethical case studies and presentations. Prerequisite: all social work courses, to be taken concurrently with SW 428. Spring semester.